Crime

Man pleads not guilty to robbing Tacoma bank

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a man suspected of robbing a Tacoma bank and then returning days later.

Demetrious Adams, 47, pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery and attempted first-degree robbery. He is being held without bail.

The robbery happened Aug. 6 when a man wearing sunglasses walked into a Columbia Bank branch in the 600 block of North I Street and exchanged a $1 bill for quarters, according to charging papers.

He then handed the teller a note demanding cash. No weapon was seen, and the robber fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Six days later, the bank manager called police to report the same man who held up the bank had returned. This time, he allegedly exchanged coins for a $1 bill but left after the bank manager approached him.

Officers found Adams walking in the 100 block of Tacoma Avenue South. They arrested him after determining he looked like the robber’s photograph, which had been circulated to law enforcement officers in a bulletin.

Adams was convicted in 2001 on three counts of first-degree robbery and in 1994 for second-degree robbery.

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