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Teen charged with North End bank robbery

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Jan. 18, 2013 at 11:05 am |
January 18, 2013 11:05 am

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree robbery in connection with Monday’s bank robbery in Tacoma’s North End.

The boy, who The News Tribune is not naming due to his age, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Thursday. He is being held at Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center.

Co-defendant Derek James, 20, pleaded not guilty to the same charge Tuesday. His bail was set at $250,000.

Pierce County prosecutors said James drove the getaway car while the teen walked into the Key Bank branch, 3917 N. 26th St., and handed tellers an Adidas shoe box with a note reading “Put the money in the box and no one gets hurt.”

A witness to the robbery followed James and the teen and directed police to them. They were arrested near North 18th Street and Union Avenue.

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