Pierce County prosecutors this week charged two men with robbery and kidnapping for allegedly holding up a Parkland jewelry store earlier this year.
Not guilty pleas were entered Wednesday on behalf of Michael Allen Kope, 28, and Jacob Andrew Swier, 21. Kope was ordered jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail, Swier in lieu of $100,000 bail.
According to charging documents, Kope and Swier donned Army fatigues and entered Cascade Custom Jewelers, 10122 Pacific Ave. S., on March 5.
Kope, who also wore a mask, allegedly pulled out a handgun and told two employees he would “drop both of you” if they didn’t do what he said, court records show.
The robbers collected several thousand dollars in jewelry before tying the employees up and leaving, the records show. The employees managed to free themselves and called police.
A sheriff’s detective working the case used video surveillance to tentatively identify the men.
Swier later was arrested in Yakima County and allegedly admitted to taking part in the robbery, records show. He identified the other robber as a man he knows as “Tennessee,” who detectives believe is Kope. Swier said he was living in a vacant building in Tacoma at the time of the robbery and drinking heavily and using methamphetamine, records show.
Kope was arrested on an unrelated drug charge on March 22. He was carrying a handgun at the time, court records show.