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UPDATED: Man pleads not guilty to robbing Tacoma business, hitting car with six children during police pursuit

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on April 9, 2013 at 6:12 am with No Comments »
April 9, 2013 2:08 pm

UPDATE as of 2:03 p.m.: Bryan pleaded not guilty to the charges this afternoon.

INITIAL POST: Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 45-year-old man with robbing a Tacoma real estate business, stealing a car and crashing it into a vehicle carrying six children while fleeing from police.

Erick Bryan faces two counts of vehicular assault, first-degree robbery, attempting to elude a police vehicle and felony hit-and-run. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges this afternoon. Bail has been set at $1 million.

Charging papers give this account:

Bryan walked into the business in the 3800 block of South Yakima Street on Friday evening and asked if he could remove cans from their trash bins to recycle. He then pointed a gun at the employee and demanded money.

She handed over cash, her cell phone and the keys to her van. Bryan fled in the stolen van, which officers spotted as they responded to the robbery.

After a brief pursuit, Bryan stopped the vehicle near 38th Street and fled on foot. Officers said he first struck another car, flipping it onto its roof. A woman inside suffered three broken ribs and one of the children sustained a serious eye injury.

A police dog found Bryan hiding in an alcove of a nearby house. He told police he was not involved in the robbery and pursuit and hid after seeing the officers in the area because he had a Department of Corrections warrant.

More charges could be filed after police search the stolen van, prosecutors said.

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