A man charged in a home invasion robbery in Parkland pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of first-degree robbery.
Robert Timothy James, 31, was ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bail. He is accused of participating in a March 12 holdup at his friend’s apartment in the 14200 block of Pacific Avenue South.
Pierce County prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for James earlier this year after receiving information he might flee to Alaska.
Law enforcement officers found James on Tuesday in the attic of a home in the 10400 block of Broadway South in Parkland and took him into custody.
According to charging papers, James went to the victim’s apartment with two armed, unidentified men who pointed guns at the victim and demanded cash.
The men spent 45 minutes stealing jewelry, money, a cellphone and a TV. James allegedly told his friend he owed the men money and his children were in danger.
Deputies linked James to the robbery through a fingerprint on a vodka bottle he left in the victim’s apartment.
James has prior convictions in Pierce County for theft, burglary, felony harassment and possession of illicit drugs.