A suspected robber accused of leading police on a 14-minute chase through Puyallup last week before crashing into a school bus is being held on $500,000 bail.
Brett Burnson, 32, pleaded not guilty Monday to first-degree robbery, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and two counts of unlawful carrying weapons capable of producing bodily harm.
Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Burnson to have no contact with his victims, including his wife, who was in the vehicle during the pursuit.
The Nissan Rogue he was driving during the chase was stolen May 19 outside a Pierce County gym.
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About 45 minutes later, surveillance cameras outside a convenience store in Roy captured images of Burnson getting out of the Nissan and using a shopping bag to conceal a pistol.
Inside, Burnson allegedly demanded money from the clerk before ripping out the cash drawer and fleeing.
The store owner was able to jot down the license plate before Burnson drove away.
Deputies identified Burnson as a suspect in the car theft and armed robbery after taking a report from one of Burnson’s acquaintances, who claimed he stole a wallet from their home and pointed a gun at them when confronted.
While parked at the South Hill Mall Friday morning, deputies recognized Burnson in the stolen Nissan and tried to pull him over.
Burnson struck three vehicles and one pedestrian during the pursuit before crashing into a school bus and being taken into custody.
No children were on the bus; the driver wasn’t hurt.
Prosecutors said they intend to file more charges against Burnson after the investigations are complete.
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