Two 16-year-old boys have been charged with robbing and threatening to shoot a mother with her baby and leading police on a brief chase last week.
Etinosa Esanbor, of Tacoma, and Michael Vanzant, of Puyallup, are being tried as adults. They have pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. Esanbor also faces a charge of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
Esanbor’s bail was set at $200,000. Vanzant is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.
The incident occurred Tuesday evening at the victim’s apartment complex.
Charging papers give this account:
The mother was taking her son out of his car seat when she noticed the teens approach and try to cover their faces. She asked if she could help them.
Esanbor pointed a gun at her and demanded her car keys. He said he wouldn’t hurt her child, but threatened to shoot her.
After she handed over the keys and the teens sped away in her car, the victim called 911.
Within minutes, two police vehicles were behind the stolen car and ordering Vanzant to pull over. The pursuit continued several minutes until both teens jumped out of the vehicle and tried to run.
Esanbor was pulled from the bushes where he’d been hiding. A backpack with a handgun was found beside him. Vanzant was also taken into custody.
During a police interview, Esanbor “admits that he and Vanzant needed a ride home so they decided to use the gun a friend had given them after school.”