Pierce County prosecutors have a 20-year-old man with first-degree robbery after he allegedly stole cash and beat up a clerk at a Parkland store on Tuesday.
Thierry R. Williams Jr. told deputies he did the robbery because “he needed money to start art school,” charging documents state.
Williams was arraigned Wednesday and remains in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Charging documents provide the following information:
Deputies were called to DISC Connections, 405 Garfield St., on Tuesday. The clerk, who was bleeding from his forehead, told deputies a robber walked in through the back door, opened the cash box in the office and took the money.
When the victim confronted the robber, the suspect “slammed him against a wall and punched him (a) few times before fleeing with the money and his cellular phone,” charging documents state. The victim described the robber and said he was wearing a blue shirt with “Beatles” on the front.
A deputy responding to the robbery spotted a man matching the robber’s description and carrying a blue shirt. The man also was bleeding from his arm.
When the deputy turned on his emergency lights, the man ran. The deputy chased the man on foot and detained him.
The victim positively identified the man – Williams – as the robber.
Deputies found cash and the victim’s cell phone on Williams.