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Witness interviewed about Tacoma robbery later charged with the crime

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on June 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
June 5, 2013 8:04 pm

From the catch-up file:

According to court records:

A Tacoma officer approached a car parked near a 7-Eleven May 10 that had just been robbed, and the man inside said he’d just seen someone wearing a cowboy hat run off with a green bag.

The man had been running like he’d committed a crime, he said with a Russian accent, which he dropped partway through the conversation with the officer.

He said he had family members in law enforcement in other parts of the country, and asked if he could leave.

The officer gave him the go ahead, and the man drove off.

The policemen went into the robbed convenience store and recognized the man he’d just spoken to as the robber shown on the surveillance tape.

When he called the suspect and asked him to come back to the store, the man refused.

He’s accused of robbing the 7-Eleven at gunpoint about 1 a.m. May 10 at 5605 South Birmingham Street, while wearing a cowboy hat, carrying a green bag and speaking with an Eastern European accent.

He’s also charged with robbing a different 7-Eleven earlier that night in the 13700 block of Pacific Avenue, while wearing a black trench coat or bathrobe and a hat.

A warrant was later served for the suspect’s arrest, and he pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery May 30.

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