Woman asking for help at Lynden gas station robs man at gunpoint

LYNDEN, Wash. — A man who agreed to help a woman pay for some items at a Lynden gas station was robbed by the woman at gunpoint, according to a news release from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

At around 10:45 p.m. on April 22, Whatcom County deputies were called to the gas station at the corner of Hannegan and East Pole roads for a robbery.

A man said he had stopped for gas and was approached by a woman who asked for help paying for some items. The man agreed to help her and went into the gas station to buy the items.

When he came back to his car with the items she had asked for, the woman pulled out a handgun and demanded his cellphone and money.

The man handed over his cellphone and the woman fled.

Surveillance video recorded an image of the woman, who appeared to be in her late 20s or early 30s.

She was wearing black sandals, blue jeans, and a #43 Pittsburgh Steelers jersey.

On April 26, Lynden police attempted to stop a black car and after a pursuit, the car crashed at the end of a private driveway.

Officers detained a male driver and a female driver, later identified as 30-year-old Aaron Nerkins and 28-year-old Siara Carrazco.

Carrazco later confessed to being the woman in the surveillance video, and she was booked into the Whatcom County Jail.

Nerkins was also taken into custody and booked into the Whatcom County Jail.