Pierce County prosecutors today charged five teenagers with five counts of first-degree robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm for a string of Halloween night holdups that scared Tacoma trick-or-treaters.
Zyion Houston-Sconiers, 17; Amancio Tolbert, 16; and Treson Roberts, 16, have been charged as adults. Two other boys, ages 13 and 15, were charged as juveniles and are being held at Remann Hall, Pierce County’s juvenile detention center.
All five will be arraigned this afternoon.
Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said the three charged as adults face up to 40 years in prison if convicted as charged.
“There will be full accountability for everyone involved in these dangerous armed robberies,” he said.
The teens are accused of using a .22-caliber handgun to rob five separate groups in a 78-minute span.
Court documents give this account:
The teens first robbed two 14-year-old trick-or-treaters about 9 p.m. at North 7th and North Cushman Avenue. One of the teens pointed a gun at the kids and said “This is a stick up, give me everything you’ve got.”
The trick-or-treaters handed over pillowcases filled with candy and the teens ran off.
Twenty minutes later, the teens stopped a 19-year-old man trick-or-treating with his 13-year-old brother in the 900 block of South Sheridan.
One of the teens had slipped a “Jason” hockey mask on and the others wore blue bandanas to cover their faces. They took candy and a Devil mask from the victims and fled.
The next robbery happened about 10:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of Ridgewood Avenue, where a man had parked his car to visit a friend.
A teenager in a hockey mask approached, pointed a gun at him and demanded his wallet. The man said he didn’t have a wallet so the teen instructed one of his friends to snatch the man’s wallet off his front seat before they ran down an alley.
Six minutes later, the teens accosted a man walking down South 15th Street. They demanded his cell phone and kept running.
Officers were already in the area taking a report so they used a K-9 unit to track the teens to a parked Cadillac with fogged windows.
The five teens were found inside, along with the stolen items, a “Jason” hockey mask and a gun.