FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) — A South Florida woman is back in jail, accused of several crimes, including armed robbery.
Cherise Hubbert, 46, is considered a serial robber, according to police.
In the most recent incident involving Hubbert, police say she targeted a woman who had just finished a transaction at an ATM. When the woman was done, Hubbert followed her and lured her into her car by telling her she needed directions. While driving around, Hubbert robbed her and then dropped her off, police say.
That victim, 21-year-old Shanycee Williams, told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench, “This kind of hurt me. It nearly broke me and it showed at you can’t help everybody. This will always be in the back of my mind what happened. It will always be in the back of mind that it could happen again.”
“I felt bad that this had to happen to other people as well and that they had to go through this but I guess it is a matter of lesson learned,” she said.
Williams said she thought she could trust Hubbert.
“The way she rolled up on me in her car, I thought she needed help with directions. I thought she needed help and I wanted to give it. But then it got messed up.”
“One thing I have to say is never get in someone else’s car,” she said. “If they want directions tell them and if you can not give them, let them go on their merry way. You just can’t please everybody.”
BSO detectives are very concerned about this case.
“Detectives are very concerned about the fact that the suspect was out there preying on people. She was watching people as they went to an ATM and left an ATM and she was very convincing to get someone to come into her car,” explained BSO spokeswoman Joy Oglesby. “This could have ended worse than a robbery; it could have escalated to something. The victim was very fortunate it only ended in a robbery.”
Oglesby also said take precautions when someone asks you for directions. “We recommend if anyone stops and asks for directions, we ask that you divert them to a police station.”
“We also advise people to go to a gas station to try to get directions,” she said, adding, “These days a lot of people have iPhones and you can google and search for directions.”
Hubbert was first arrested in December 2016 for targeting victims near banks.
Hubbert’s bond is set at $190,000.
The judge in the case said she was concerned about the public’s safety. Prosecutors had wanted Hubbert held without bond.
BSO says she has an accomplice who is still on the loose.
Anyone with information that can help BSO should call Broward Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS (8477). There is a reward of up to $3,000.