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Police link man shot during alleged Lakewood bank robbery attempt to a summer of crimes

Police and prosecutors allege a Parkland man shot by an armored car guard outside a Lakewood bank during a robbery attempt last week also robbed a different armored car guard in Tacoma and carjacked another man in South Hill earlier this year.

Michael Winston II, already charged with attempted robbery in the Lakewood incident, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two additional counts of robbery.

Court Commissioner Meagan Foley upped Winston’s bail to $2 million from $1 million during his second arraignment in as many days in Pierce County Superior Court.

Police said Winston, 27, was wearing a disguise when he tried to rob an armored car guard outside a Lakewood bank branch Sept. 15. The guard shot him five times.

Winston’s wife, Brittney Winston, allegedly drove her husband away from the scene and dropped him at a local hospital for treatment. She since has been arrested and pleaded not guilty to attempted robbery.

Michael Winston spent several days in the hospital before being released Monday and booked into the Pierce County Jail.

On Wednesday, Lakewood police announced they believe he robbed another armored car guard in downtown Tacoma on June 9 and carjacked a man outside the South Hill Walmart on Aug. 20.

Police said Winston and his wife used the stolen car during the Sept. 15 robbery attempt.

In the June 9 incident, Winston approached an armored car guard working at an ATM outside a bank in the 13800 block of Pacific Avenue, pointed a gun at the man and demanded his money bag, police said.

The guard turned over the money bag, which was empty.

Police also think Winston was the disguised man who lurked outside a Columbia Bank branch in the 17500 block of Pacific Avenue on June 24.

“An employee in the bank noticed him and said it appeared he was trying to get up the nerve to come in and rob the bank but never made it in,” Lakewood police said in a news release.

Winston has not been charged in that case.

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