Crime

Man charged with robbing Spanaway coffee shop hit by car as barista’s boyfriend gives chase

A man who saw his girlfriend being robbed Tuesday at a Spanaway coffee stand chased after the fleeing robber and hit him with his car, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department.

The drama went down at a coffee stand in the 10600 block of Sales Road South.

A barista told deputies a masked man walked up to her window, pointed a gun at her and demanded money. The barista’s boyfriend happened to drop by for a visit at the same time, saw what was happening and followed the robber in his car.

When the robber pointed a gun at his pursuer, the boyfriend knocked the robber to the ground with his car. The robber got up and continued running, leaping over at least three fences before he got away.

The boyfriend found a bag of money and a broken cell phone near the last fence where the robber fled.

The investigation led deputies to Deandre Lopez Garcia, 28, of Tacoma. Deputies searched his home and said they found a stolen .22-caliber pistol and cash in the pocket of his sweatpants.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Lopez Garcia with first-degree robbery and second-degree assault, both with firearm sentencing enhancements. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday and was ordered held in lieu of $100,000.

Records show he bonded out Thursday.

Lopez Garcia’s cousin told investigators Lopez Garcia came home the day of the robbery and told him he’d been hit by a car, according to charging papers.

Lopez Garcia changed out of sweatpants and into shorts before they went to the scene, which his cousin insisted on doing to look for the driver who hit Lopez Garcia.

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