Fourth man charged in string of South Sound bank robberies

The latest man charged in a string of South Sound bank robberies told police he did it to buy a gun so he could kill a man who’d hurt his young daughter.

Actually, according to court records, the accused robber spent the stolen cash on drugs.

Adam Sonnier, 26, is the fourth person charged in six holdups in August and September that targeted banks in Lakewood, Tacoma, University Place and Auburn.

A seventh robbery was unsuccessful.

Also charged in the bank robbery spree are Daniel Mills, 30; Travis Swan, 21; and Aukuso Alavisi, 26. Pierce County prosecutors allege Mills was involved in all the robberies whereas the other men took part only in some.

Mills is charged with five counts of first-degree robbery, one count of attempted first-degree robbery and first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. He is jailed on $1 million bail.

Sonnier is charged with first-degree robbery in connection with the holdup Aug. 16 of a Lakewood Chase Bank branch, 10011 Gravelly Lake Drive SW.

The robber handed the teller a note demanding money, placed the cash in a used fast-food bag and fled. He did not wear a disguise or gloves.

Police distributed surveillance photographs to the public and received tips that the robber was Sonnier and he was arrested.

“Sonner said the money was supposed to be used to buy a revolver as he was going to kill the man allegedly molesting his 4-year-old daughter,” records indicate. “Defendant Sonnier did not do this but rather spent the money on drugs.”

The other banks targeted in the spree were:

• Sept. 3: Wells Fargo branch, 101 Auburn Way N., Auburn.

• Sept. 4 and Sept. 5: Chase Bank branch in Fred Meyer, 6300 block of Bridgeport Way West, University Place.

• Sept. 5: Attempted robbery of Bank of America branch in Fred Meyer near 72nd Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma.

• Sept. 8: Chase bank branch in Fred Meyer, 4500 block of South 19th Street , Tacoma.

• Sept. 9: Chase Bank branch in Lakewood.