Pair charged in Tacoma robbery, kidnapping

A car listed for sale on Craigslist led to a robbery and kidnapping, Tacoma police said Wednesday.

A woman interested in buying the car responded to 20-year-old Drake Jones’ advertisement, and they made plans to meet, court documents show.

When the two met Tuesday near South 19th St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, the woman brought her 15-year-old cousin with her.

She decided not to buy the car, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said, but agreed to show Jones where he might be able to buy marijuana nearby.

After they got in Jones’ car to find a place to buy marijuana, he allegedly picked up 19-year-old Austin Failauga in the area, and pulled out a gun and demanded the victims’ cellphones and money. The woman handed over her purse and said she had more money in her apartment in the 1100 block of South I Street.

Jones and Failauga told the woman she had three minutes to bring back $1,000 or they’d shoot her cousin, according to the charging papers.

The woman called police from her apartment, but Jones and Failauga drove off with her cousin before officers arrived. When the men spotted police, they let the boy go. Officers arrested the two men nearby.

On Wednesday, Pierce County prosecutors charged Jones and Failauga with two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree kidnapping. Both men pleaded not guilty and were ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail each.