Crime

Man pleads not guilty to Puyallup bank robbery

Pierce County prosecutors have charged a man with first-degree robbery in connection with a bank holdup last month in Puyallup.

Dorian Rawlings, 38, pleaded not guilty Monday and was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail.

The robbery took place Sept. 17 at a Columbia Bank branch, 10321 Canyon Road E.

A man in glasses approached a teller, handed her a note demanding cash and ran away with an undisclosed amount of money, according to charging papers.

Surveillance photographs of the robber were featured on the Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers website, and several people called in to identify the robber suspect as Rawlings.

Police said the robber’s glasses matched a pair Rawlings wore in a mug shot taken in June 2013. He has previous convictions for theft, forgery, felony harassment and malicious mischief, court records show.

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