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Man convicted of killing cab driver charged with Lakewood bank robbery

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2012 at 6:27 am with No Comments »
October 29, 2012 9:56 am

A man convicted of killing a taxi cab driver near Joint Base Lewis-McChord as a teenager is now charged with robbing a bank in Lakewood.

Marciano Ellis, 30, is back in prison for violating his probation for the 1999 fatal shooting of Donald Ray Barker.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him with first-degree robbery for a Sept. 26 holdup of a Key Bank branch in Lakewood. He has not been arraigned in that case.

Ellis allegedly entered the bank holding a wallet filled with fake money – presumably to look like he had legitimate business in the bank – and handed the teller a note demanding cash. He fled with the money after demanding the note back.

Lakewood police identified him through a fingerprint left on the bank’s door. He was found the following day at a motel in the city. Ellis’ girlfriend allegedly told officers he left their room during the time of the bank robbery and surveillance footage backed her story.

Fake money, blank checks and equipment used to copy and scan money were found in Ellis’ motel room, according to charging documents.

It’s unclear when Ellis will be transferred to the Pierce County Jail to face the bank robbery charge.

He served a prison sentence for killing Barker, 45, on a road near then-Fort Lewis. He told FBI agents, who investigated the case because it took place on federal property, he used a pay phone to call for a cab March 5, 1999.

Within 20 minutes of Ellis placing the call, Barker’s body was found with three gunshot wounds to the back of his head. Ellis told a friend he took $2,300 from the taxi driver to buy drugs.

When agents searched Ellis’ home, they found a receipt for the gun used in Barker’s death. Ellis allegedly had his girlfriend buy the weapon for him because he was too young.

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