Man charged with robbing Spanaway business

A man accused of robbing a loan shop in Spanaway on Wednesday has pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Judd Matchett, 31, was arrested Wednesday after Pierce County sheriff’s deputies found him near AA-Okay Loans on Pacific Avenue South while responding to the business’ alarm.

Matchett matched the description of an armed man who had just held up the store.

The victim told deputies the robber walked into the store and demanded cash from the register. She said he pointed a gun at her when she hesitated and asked why he was robbing her.

He said “he would have to answer to God for this,” according to charging papers.

Deputies found a bag containing the stolen money and rings when they arrested Matchett, records show.

Matchett has a prior conviction for second-degree burglary.