UPDATED at 2:02 p.m.
Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 21-year-old former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier in seven armed robberies in Lakewood, Tacoma and Lacey, including one heist at a pawnbroker shop that netted 13 guns.
Charging documents filed Thursday detailed a long and extensive investigation that began with the stolen guns and involved a driveby shooting on Interstate 5 in March.
Prosecutors allege Toney R. Williams robbed Old Sarge’s Pawnbroker and six other businesses in Pierce and Thurston counties between December and the end of January.
Williams, who has been in jail since mid-March on charges he trafficked the stolen guns, pleaded not guilty to the robbery charges Friday. He was ordered held in jail in lieu of $1 million.
Williams had been an infantryman with the 4th Stryker Brigade until he was discharged March 29, the Army reported.
Investigators allege Williams committed the following heists:
* Dec. 13 at Old Sarge’s Pawnbroker in Lakewood. The robber had a rifle and got about $300 in cash and 13 guns.
* Dec. 27 at Stellar Mart in Lakewood. The suspect wielded a handgun and grabbed $300 in cash from the clerk.
* Dec. 28 at a Shell gas station in Tacoma. The suspect displayed a black pistol and got $300 in cash.
* Dec. 28 at Lacey Fuel in Lacey. The robber wielded a black pistol and got more than $166 in cash.
* Dec. 30 at Papa John’s in Lakewood. The robber again wielded a black gun and grabbed $120 in cash.
* Jan. 2 at a 7-Eleven in Lakewood. The robber displayed a black pistol and got about $100.
* Jan. 28 at a Union 76 gas station in Tacoma. The robber showed a black gun and got about $180.
The robber wore the same outfit during five of the heists.
Charging documents indicate a break in the investigation of the Old Sarge’s robbery came March 4 when a man said he’d been shot at while driving on Interstate 5 in Lakewood. He was not injured.
Officers stopped the suspects’ vehicle and detained the two soldiers inside. On the floor they found one of the guns stolen in the Old Sarge’s robbery.
One of the suspects eventually told investigators he’d bought the gun on a corner in Tillicum and figured “it was probably stolen,” charging documents state.
Police investigators searched his Lakewood home and contacted his wife. They found two other guns, one of which had been stolen in the Old Sarge’s robbery.
After conducting other interviews and serving search warrants, police investigators found a duffel bag containing eight other guns stolen from Old Sarge’s. They searched Williams’ Tacoma home in March and found a rifle.
Williams told investigators he was confined to Lewis-McChord at the time of the Old Sarge’s robbery. His commander later refuted the claim, court documents state.
Lakewood, Tacoma and Lacey police as well as the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case.