Crime

Twin brothers charged in Puyallup bank robbery

Pierce County prosecutors have charged twin brothers with robbing a bank in Puyallup on Tuesday.

Terrence and Terrel Smith, both 29, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Terrel Smith also is charged with resisting arrest and attempting to elude a police vehicle.

Both men were ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

The robbery happened at a Columbia Bank branch, 10321 Canyon Road E.

A man with a bandanna approached the teller, put a handgun on the counter and demanded money, according to charging papers.

An employee at an adjacent business saw the man running toward a Lincoln and took photos of the car as it drove away. Sheriff’s deputies spotted the car and tried to pull it over, but the driver sped off.

Deputies eventually used a maneuver to stop the Lincoln in a ditch. Both brothers tried to run away but were caught and arrested.

The handgun believed used in the bank robbery was stolen the day before, court records show.

This isn’t the first time the twins have had run-ins with the law.

Terrel Smith has convictions for first-degree child rape, first-degree child molestation, first-degree theft and third-degree assault.

Terrence Smith has convictions for first-degree child molestation, third-degree rape, third-degree assault, second-degree robbery and second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.

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