The man told Pierce County sheriff’s deputies he couldn’t be the robbery suspect they were looking for.
“I don’t want to be a convicted felon,” he said, according to court records. “I want my grandfather’s gun collection when he dies.”
Despite that, the 29-year-old was charged with first-degree robbery in connection with a robbery sheriff’s deputies said happened Monday in the South Hill area as a man was walking his dog.
The defendant pleaded not guilty Tuesday, and Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $50,000, which he posted Wednesday.
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Charging papers give this account:
A man was walking his dog on 164th Street East when a car pulled up and a woman he recognized got out and grabbed the cellphone from his hand.
The man also recognized the driver, who pointed a gun at him and told the woman to check his wallet, which she emptied of $200.
As the car pulled away, the driver fired a couple shots in the air, and told the victim: “If you call the police, prepare to die.”
A deputy found the suspect vehicle on 92nd Avenue East. When deputies spoke with the driver, who was alone, he told them the robbery victim had been chasing him in another vehicle, yelling at him, but he didn’t know why.
He didn’t call 911, he said, because he figured someone else would see and call instead.
He told deputies he didn’t own any guns, but as they searched the car, admitted he had bullets in the back of one of the seats.
They told him he was under arrest for the robbery, at which point he told them he didn’t do it, because it would ruin his chances of getting grandpa’s guns.
The court issued a warrant for the arrest of the woman the victim identified, who is also charged with first-degree robbery.