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Category: Robbery

May
2nd

Two men arrested, charged for Parkland jewelry store robbery

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

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April
24th

Suspected Kent robber accused of using dating app to target gay men

A 32-year-old man suspected of setting up dates with gay men in order to rob them is behind bars and Kent police are urging other victims to come forward.

Assistant Chief Pat Lowery said the robber used a cell phone dating app complete with a GPS map to set up dates with two men in remote locations. Once the victims arrived, the man would pull out a semi-automatic handgun and rob them.

Seattle police said they have interviewed an additional three victims.

The man was arrested Thursday leaving his apartment in East Kent.

“We’re concerned that there may be still

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April
17th

Gunman robs Tacoma gas station

Tacoma police are searching for a gunman who robbed a gas station early Tuesday morning.

The man walked into the Circle K station in the 2600 block of North Pearl Street about 12:30 a.m. and grabbed a bottle of water from the cooler.

When he approached the counter, police said he pulled a gun out of his back pocket and threatened to shoot the clerk if she didn’t give him money.He allegedly said he needed the money for his children.

The man fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Although officers arrived within 24 seconds of being dispatched

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April
11th

Trio charged in armed robbery spree at four Pierce County stores

Three men were charged today with using a handgun and a BB gun to rob four businesses in Tacoma and Puyallup in less than hour.

Javohn Smith, 17; James Robinson, 19; and Darion Tilley, 20; will be arraigned this afternoon on three counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree attempted robbery.

Prosecutors also charged Robinson with two additional counts of first-degree robbery and Tilley with one for prior robberies in Tacoma.

Detectives are investigating their connection to other Pierce County robberies as well.

The armed robbery spree started at 5:20 a.m. Monday when Smith and Robinson allegedly walked

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April
9th

Suspected armed robbers held until Thursday for formal charges

Three men suspected in a string of armed robberies across Pierce County were ordered held until Thursday while authorities continue investigating their connection to more than six holdups.

Bail will be set at their first court appearance in Pierce County Superior Court this afternoon.

Deputies arrested them early Monday morning during a traffic stop in South Hill.

Among other crimes, they are accused of robbing 7-11 convenience stores in Tacoma and South Hill, Bikini Bottoms Espresso near South Hill and a Walgreens in Spanaway.

One of the men has an unrelated third-degree assault charge for allegedly shooting a BB gun

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April
9th

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

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

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April
8th

Deputies arrest three after coffee stand, convenience store robberies throughout Pierce County this morning

Deputies arrested three suspects today in a string of early morning robberies of a coffee stand and convenience stores throughout Pierce County, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Three of the businesses were in Pierce County and one was in Tacoma, Troyer said.

The first robbery was just before 5:30 a.m. and the suspects were in custody within an hour, he said.

The 7-Eleven at 9517 Steele St. in Tacoma, Walgreens at 15225 Pacific Ave. S. in Spanaway, 7-Eleven at 15202 Meridian Ave. E. in South Hill, and Bikini Bottoms Espresso at 7919 176th St. E. in the unincorporated county just

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April
7th

Police: Patrol car and suspect vehicle crash separately after armed robbery in Federal Way

A police car and suspect vehicle crashed separately after an armed robbery in Federal Way Saturday morning, police said.

A 16-year-old boy approached a man on foot about 11 a.m. near 3001 South 288th Street, hit him in the head, and showed a handgun, Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said.

The boy fled with the victim’s wallet and backpack in a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old man, Schrock said.

The suspect vehicle was found parked nearby, and it rammed into a police vehicle while trying to flee, Schrock said.

The suspect car crashed near South 277th Street and state

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