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.
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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.