A warrant was issued Tuesday for a 27-year-old man suspected of robbing two convenience stores in Pierce County.
Authorities believe Steven Tongue used a shotgun to hold up two 7-11 stores May 9-10. Prosecutors have charged him with two counts of first-degree robbery.
The first robbery took place in the 13700 block of Pacific Avenue late May 9; the second was in the 5600 block of South Birmingham Street about 1 a.m. May 10.
In both cases, the clerks reported that a man with a shotgun demanded cash before fleeing.
An officer responding to the Tacoma robbery actually interviewed Tongue, not realizing at the time that he was a suspect rather than a witness. The officer recognized Tongue after reviewing surveillance footage of the crimes.
Police have been unable to find Tongue, whose last known address was in Portland but has a California driver’s license.