Bail was set at $200,000 for a Tacoma man accused of pointing a gun at an Olympia security guard and leading police on a high-speed chase into Pierce County.
Jamez E. Brown, 27, appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch on Wednesday afternoon via videoconference from the Thurston County Jail. Hirsch found probable cause for five felony charges: second-degree assault with a firearm, felony harassment, attempting to elude a police vehicle, third-degree assault and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
But his hearing didn’t last long. After deputy prosecutor Christen Peters reviewed his extensive criminal history, Brown stood up and refused to participate in the hearing.
Peters said that Brown had previously been convicted of first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm. Court documents show that Brown’s convictions date to 2001 and include burglary, third-degree assault and unlawful possession of controlled substances.
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Peters asked that bail be set at $200,000 because of Brown’s “extensive and violent” criminal history. Office of Assigned Counsel attorney Sara Hixson, who represented Brown at the hearing, asked that the judge set reasonable bail.
After the defendant left the hearing, Hirsch accepted Peters’ recommendation.
“The court is extremely concerned about public safety issues,” Hirsch said.
She also said she had concerns about whether Brown would attend future court hearings if released.
According to court documents, Brown is accused of taking three pairs of jeans from Macy’s at Capital Mall. A store security guard reported seeing a man run from the store carrying an armful of jeans.
The security guard said he told the man to return the jeans, but the man pulled out a gun and threatened to shoot the guard, according to court documents. The man then climbed into a red Camaro and fled. The security guard called police.
Olympia police spotted a red Camaro heading south on Plum Street in downtown Olympia several minutes later, according to court documents. A state trooper, Olympia police and Lacey police followed the car as it headed north on Interstate 5, reaching speeds over 100 mph.
The car exited I-5 in Tacoma, where Tacoma police joined the chase. The car went through several red lights and stop signs, eventually coming to a stop on the 5600 block of South Puget Sound Avenue, according to court documents.
The driver ran off, and Tacoma police officers surrounded the area and conducted a search. Brown was found in an alley.
When officers detained him, Brown began showing signs of a seizure and he was transported to St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma. Hospital employees monitored him for about an hour, then released him to police, according to court documents.
An Olympia officer transported him to the Thurston County Jail, and Brown repeatedly kicked the patrol car and threatened the officer during the trip, according to court documents. When they reached the jail, Brown spit in the officer’s face.
Tacoma police searched Brown’s car and found a black gun and a pile of jeans, which still had tags on them.
Brown’s arraignment is scheduled for March 15 at 10 a.m.