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Armed Tacoma teen charged with robbing former friend of hat

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Feb. 8, 2013 at 8:56 am |
February 8, 2013 8:56 am

A 17-year-old Tacoma boy pointed a .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol in his former friend’s face and demanded his hat, Pierce County prosecutors said.

Now that teen is charged with first-degree robbery. The teen pleaded not guilty Thursday and Judge John McCarthy set his bail at $100,000.

The confrontation happened Jan. 17 in front of the victim’s high school, which was not listed in court papers.

He told sheriff’s deputies the teen drove up with some friends and asked for the hat, claiming it was his. The victim initially refused to hand it over, but changed his mind after the teen allegedly lifted his T-shirt to show a handgun tucked in his waistband.

Deputies reviewed surveillance footage from the high school, which showed the teen and his friends approach the victim.

“It was unclear what happened next as the camera was blocked by a tree,” according to charging papers. ‘However, the next time (the victim) was seen on camera, he was missing his hat.”

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