Woman charged with robbery for MSUB campus mugging

2013-03-01T14:31:00Z 2013-12-19T08:35:05Z Woman charged with robbery for MSUB campus muggingGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

A 26-year-old woman accused of mugging another woman on the Montana State University Billings campus denied a felony robbery charge Friday.

Stephanie Lee Cliff appeared before District Judge Ingrid Gustafson by video from the county jail and pleaded not guilty to the robbery charge and felony drug possession. Her bond was set at $3,000.

Cliff was arrested Feb. 21 after campus police and city officers began investigating a complaint from a woman who said she was mugged in the basement of McMullen Hall.

According to court records, the victim said she was approached and accosted by another woman who asked her strange questions. When the victim tried to leave, the woman blocked her path and then grabbed a silver chain necklace around her neck, ripped it off and ran away.

A short time later, officers received report of a woman acting strangely near the "Welcome To Billings" park at the intersection of North 27th Street and Rimrock Road.

Officers found Cliff disoriented and rambling incoherently, court records state.

"At one point, (Cliff) volunteered that she had a necklace in her boot, which she stated made her run fast," court records state.

The necklace was later identified as belonging to victim of the mugging.

After Cliff's arrest, officers said a small bag of methamphetamine was found in her purse. 

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