Man shot during alleged Lakewood robbery attempt pleads not guilty

A Parkland man shot five times during an alleged robbery attempt walked into Pierce County Superior Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty.

Michael David Winston II, 27, is charged with attempted first-degree robbery. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Winston jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

There was a visible wound to Winston’s head and he walked with a limp during his brief court appearance.

Lakewood police said an armored-car guard shot him during a botched robbery at a bank branch Sept. 15.

According to charging papers, Winston confronted the guard in the breezeway of the bank and pointed a gun at him while demanding money. The guard fired, wounding Winston.

Winston’s wife, 26-year-old Brittney Winston, allegedly drove her bleeding husband from the scene and dropped him off at a Tacoma hospital, where he was under guard until Monday when he was transferred to the Pierce County Jail.

Brittney Winston also has been charged with attempted robbery. She pleaded not guilty Friday and is jailed in lieu of $500,000 bail.

She contends she wasn’t the getaway driver and that her husband wasn’t the bank robber, according to charging papers.

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