Woman allegedly claims she has bomb during Walgreens robbery

By: Sarah Wojcik | C&G Newspapers | Published March 2, 2021 | Updated March 5, 2021 2:55pm




ROYAL OAK — On Feb. 26, 44th District Court Magistrate Donald Chisholm arraigned Jelane Kay Rohm, 46, of Kalamazoo, on two counts of armed robbery, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

At approximately 12:44 p.m. Feb. 25, Royal Oak police responded to a report of an armed robbery at Walgreens Pharmacy, 30852 Woodward Ave., south of 13 Mile Road.

Lt. Al Carter, of the Royal Oak Police Department, said the store manager called 911 after a clerk informed the manager that a woman in her 40s had just left the store with cash and merchandise after producing a handwritten note claiming to have a bomb in her handbag.

Officers with the Berkley Public Safety Department heard the transmission and indicated that they believed the woman was the same individual whom they had just dealt with in a separate incident immediately prior to the robbery in Royal Oak.

Berkley Public Safety Department Detective Lt. Andrew Hadfield said officers patrolling Woodward had found Rohm, who stated that she was cold. She was taken to nearby Beaumont Hospital on a medical run approximately two hours before the armed robbery.

Royal Oak and Berkley patrol units arrived in the area after the robbery, and Rohm was quickly apprehended when a Berkley officer located her under a covered parking space in the apartment complex behind the Walgreens, according to the police report.

Carter said Rohm was sitting under the carport, going through the stolen items, which, besides cash, included cigarettes and energy drinks. He said that while she had the handwritten note, she was not in possession of a bomb. He added that Rohm is homeless.

“Right off the bat, she admitted what she did,” he said.

Chisholm set Rohm’s bond at $100,000, no 10%. She is currently lodged at the Oakland County Jail. Her next court appearance, a probable cause conference, is set for March 19 before 44th District Court Judge Derek Meinecke.

Rohm did not have a defense attorney on record as of press time.

According to the Michigan Department of Corrections Offender Tracking Information System, Rohm has been on parole since March 31, 2020.

Her active prison sentences include tampering with an electronic monitoring device, second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person under 13, and delivery of a controlled substance with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, according to OTIS.

Rohm’s defense attorney, John H. Holmes Jr., said he received print discovery in the case but had yet to receive video discovery, so he requested an adjournment of the case to March 19.

“There’s not much I can say,” Holmes said. “There are a lot of things going on with her.”

He said it was his impression, as well the police officer who interviewed her, that she suffers from mental illness.

Staff Writer Mike Koury contributed to this report.