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.
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