The robber quintet used an obscure arsenal to brutally settle a car sale dispute, according to charging papers.
They allegedly showed up at a Bonney Lake home July 22 with mace, brass knuckles, guns and a pool cue they either brought or grabbed on the fly once they got there.
Pierce County prosecutors charged the five with first-degree robbery and other crimes this week. A 16-year-old boy charged as an adult pleaded not guilty at arraignment Friday, two women and a man in their 30s pleaded not guilty earlier in the week, and a 21-year-old man has yet to be arraigned.
Charging papers give this account of what happened:
Officers were called to the area of Locust Avenue East about 11:30 a.m. and spoke with a woman covered in blood. She said she’d been punched in the face, kicked and pistol-whipped outside her home.
She suffered a concussion, a broken nose and needed 10 medical staples to close her head wound.
She was lucky, the robber who pistol-whipped her said, that he didn’t shoot her.
The group also hit a man at the home who refused to leave. Another man told investigators he handed over his wallet during the robbery, and was then pepper-sprayed, hit in the head and beaten with a pool cue. His diagnosis: Possibly a broken hand.
The robbers took cellphones, the wallet, a purse, and other belongings as part of a dispute the man said was about a couple of cars that had been sold several days earlier.