Woman used array of weapons in robberies at Tacoma, Fife stores

Staff writerOctober 9, 2013 

A 31-year-old woman charged with five robberies at Tacoma and Fife stores used Mace, a butcher knife and an airsoft handgun, according to court documents.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Marquia Brown with five counts of first-degree robbery Tuesday. They said more charges might be filed because she allegedly admitted to a Lakewood holdup as well.

The Auburn woman was ordered jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail.

Prosecutors allege Brown:

n Sprayed two clerks at Hair Masters on South Hosmer Street with Mace and stole their cellphones, the land-line phone and a purse Sept. 4.

n Pulled out a knife and Mace and demanded a worker hand over money from the cash register at a Subway shop on South 72nd Street on Sept. 18.

n Held up the Jackson Food Store on Tacoma Mall Boulevard with a butcher knife after putting two bags of snacks on the counter and demanding money Sept. 21.

n Robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store in Fife with an airsoft handgun, taking cash, the clerk’s cellphone, the land-line phone and lottery tickets Oct. 3. That same night, Brown is accused of holding up another Subway restaurant on East N Street and threatening to kill the clerk.

Police found weapons, cash, stolen phones and lottery tickets in Brown’s SUV when she was arrested, according to charging papers.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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