Bryant Ward is charged in the robbery of a Pierce County convenience store and authorities believe he might have held up at least another three service stations in May.
The 22-year-old Tacoma man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a count of first-degree robbery and was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail.
Pierce County prosecutors said additional charges might be filed.
Ward is charged in a May 11 holdup of the Shell gas station at 13221 Pacific Ave. S. in Parkland, where detectives said they were able to identify him through video surveillance from the store.
In that robbery and others, Ward allegedly asked the clerks for cigarettes, showed a handgun tucked in his waistband and demanded money.
Investigators said he’s suspected of robbing:
• The Handy Corner Grocery, 1118 112th St. S. in Parkland on May 14.
• The Jackpot Grocery & Deli, 12714 122nd St. E. in South Hill on May 14.
• A 7-Eleven on Meridian Avenue East in South Hill on May 19.
He’s also suspected of trying to rob a Union 76 gas station in the 19600 block of Mountain Highway East on May 25 and an unidentified convenience store in the 15100 block of Pacific Avenue on May 22.