Men accused of robbing Fife apartment with machete, pellet gun

A pair of men accused of using a machete and a pellet gun to rob a Fife woman in her apartment are in jail.

Duane Allan Bates, 27, and 37-year-old Samson Thomas Givens both pleaded not guilty Friday.

Bates is charged with first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a stolen vehicle, and the use of dangerous weapons.

Givens faces charges of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

Bates was ordered held pending $200,000 in bail, and Givens pending $100,000.

Attorneys for the men could not be reached Sunday.

Charging papers give this account:

The men forced their way into an apartment Thursday in the 2300 block of 58th Avenue East, where they said they were “maintenance,” and pointed a gun at the woman who answered the door. A man who was in the apartment at the time fled.

One of the robbers was wearing a ski mask and holding a machete, the woman told police.

They took a laptop computer and drove away in a white minivan.

Police found the vehicle and suspects nearby, and had the man and the woman who were in the apartment confirmed Bates and Givens as the robbers.

A large machete was inside the vehicle, and officers later found a pellet gun in the area that had been run over by passing vehicles.

Givens told police the pair weren’t armed with a machete. He had a pellet gun on him but did not show it, he said.

He stashed it in the undercarriage of the van when he was arrested, and it must have fallen out when police towed the vehicle, he said.

As he was arrested, Bates dropped a ski mask and a pair of gloves that had brass knuckles inside.