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Prosecutors charge 5 teenagers in Lincoln Park robbery

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Feb. 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm with No Comments »
February 11, 2013 6:38 pm

The young robbers – who held up a group at gunpoint Saturday night and demanded “everything” – got one wallet.

The police got five arrests.

Pierce County prosecutors today charged five teens they allege were involved in what officials called a gang-related robbery. A sixth suspect had not yet been arrested.

Three 15-year-olds were charged in juvenile court with first-degree robbery and attempted first-degree robbery.

Two other teens were charged in Superior Court with the same crimes. Noel Sao, 18, pleaded not guilty, and the court set his bail at $50,000. Stephon Green, 17, is to be arraigned Tuesday. He was charged as an adult due to his age and the seriousness of the crime, prosecutors said.

According to court records:

A group of four friends was walking through Lincoln Park near South 35th Street and South Thompson Avenue about 9:20 p.m. when six teens approached. The friends asked the youths if they needed anything, to which one answered: “Yes, everything you have in your pockets.”

When the friends said they had nothing, one of the robbers pointed a gun at them and said it was not a game. One of four gave up his wallet, and the teens fled.

Tacoma police arrested five suspects near Lincoln High School. A sixth, who the victims said pulled the gun, fled when approached by officers.

Four of the teens arrested admitted to gang affiliations, prosecutors said. One had a gun holster, which he said he was using to carry his cell phone.

Another said he and his brother were meeting a friend at Lincoln High. The friend told officers he was representing his gang on what he called his “block.”

The wallet and its contents were returned to the owner, according to police.

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