A 26-year-old Tacoma man who pleaded not guilty Monday to robbing a Sixth Avenue shop over the weekend is being investigated in two other robberies, police said.
Kashif Oyeniyi is charged with one count each of first-degree robbery and obstructing a law enforcement officer. Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered him jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail at his arraignment.
Pierce County prosecutors contend in charging papers that he walked into the Beer, Smoke and More shop in the 3100 block of Sixth Avenue about 8:30 p.m. Saturday and pointed a handgun at the clerk before snatching the cash register from the counter and running.
Witnesses told police they saw the bandit climb into a silver car, which drove away.
Two Tacoma police officers reviewed video of the robbery captured by the shop’s surveillance cameras, and both officers recognized the robber as Oyeniyi, court records state.
About three hours later, a patrol officer stopped a silver car in the Hilltop neighborhood, and one of its passengers jumped out and ran, dropping some paperwork with Oyeniyi’s name on it as he fled. That person, later identified as Oyeniyi, ran into a house and jumped out the second-story window before being tracked down and arrested, court records show.
Oyeniyi told police he ran because he had a warrant out for his arrest, which was true, the records state.
Police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said Monday that detectives were investigating whether Oyeniyi is connected to two other robberies that occurred late Friday or early Saturday in Tacoma. A man matching his description robbed other stores at email@example.com