Crime

Man charged with trying to rob Tacoma bank

Two men who met in the Pierce County Jail worked together to rob banks after they were released, prosecutors allege.

Investigations into several South Sound bank robberies are continuing but prosecutors have charged one of the men, Aukuso Alavisi, with attempted first-degree robbery for a failed holdup last week at a Tacoma bank.

Alavisi, 26, pleaded not guilty and was ordered jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Deputy prosecutor Hugh Birgenheier notes in charging papers that reports from police are pending and other charges related to a bank robbing spree are likely soon.

Alavisi allegedly worked with Daniel Mills, 30, who pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery in connection with a Lakewood bank robbery earlier this week.

He went into a Bank of America branch in Fred Meyer near South 72 Street and Pacific Avenue on Sept. 5 and handed the teller a check with a note scribbled on it, court documents allege.

The note read: “This is a robbery. Quickly and calmly hand over all of the money. No die (sic) packs, No tracers, No body dies.”

The teller took the note to her manager and told him the bank was being robbed. When they approached Alavisi, he allegedly ran.

Witnesses spotted a purple vehicle fleeing. Tacoma police linked a purple PT Cruiser registered to Alavisi to the bank robbery. Detectives said a photo of Alavisi looked like the robber in surveillance footage.

After Alavisi was arrested, he allegedly told police the robberies were Mills’ idea.

He admitted to trying to hold up the Tacoma bank and robbing a University Place bank.

Neither Mills nor Alavisi has been charged with the University Place bank robbery.

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