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Three charged with holding up cell phone store in Lakewood

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Nov. 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm with No Comments »
November 1, 2012 2:21 pm

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a man and two teens with holding up a cell phone store in Lakewood last weekend.

The incident occurred Sunday at a T-Mobile store in the 9200 block of South Tacoma Way.

On Wednesday, the alleged robbers – Alexander Tyson, 24; Christopher White, 17; and Mickel Shepherd, 17 – were arraigned and pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery with a deadly weapon enhancement.

Prosecutors said Tyson threatened the store owner with a knife.

Bail was set at $250,000 for Tyson; $25,000 for White; and $10,000 for Shepherd.

Charging documents gave this account:

The three men entered the store wearing masks and gloves. Tyson pointed a knife at the store owner’s stomach and demanded phones. The victim reached out to grab the knife and cut his hand.

The victim then pointed the trio to a cabinet where the cell phones were kept and they took 10 before running out of the store.

Witnesses directed police to the men, who were arrested.

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