Spanaway man charged with robbing store, beating man with baseball bat

Terrence Sablan allegedly told authorities he wanted to be a criminal.

The 33-year-old Spanaway man appears to be making headway.

Pierce County prosecutors on Friday charged him with first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree robbery, attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, second-degree vehicle prowling, theft of a motor vehicle, obstructing a law enforcement officer and third-degree escape.

A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf in Superior Court. Court Commissioner Meagan Foley ordered Sablan jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.

According to charging papers, Sablan tried to rob a convenience store Wednesday, beat a man unconscious with a baseball bat, stole his car, led deputies on a brief pursuit and tried to escape after being taken to a hospital.

Court records give this account:

Sablan walked into a gas station in the 15100 block of Pacific Avenue South about 11:45 p.m. and tried to steal cigarettes. He then threatened the clerk with a bat and told him to open the cash register.

Another man then walked into the store, and the clerk asked him to call 911. Sablan ran outside and began rifling through the other man’s car.

When the man tried to stop him, Sablan repeatedly hit him with the bat and his fists until the victim passed out. Sablan took the man’s keys and sped away in his car.

A deputy later spotted the stolen car and tried to stop Sablan, but he fled. After a short chase, Sablan stopped the car and ran away. He was arrested after a search dog led deputies to him.

Deputies said Sablan kept banging his head against the partition in the patrol car, so he had to be restrained to keep from hurting himself.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said deputies believe Sablan was on methamphetamine when he was captured.

“At the hospital, the defendant would go from being polite to being angry,” records state. “The defendant talked about deciding to be a criminal. The defendant indicated he enjoyed the adrenaline rush.”

When deputies refused to remove his handcuffs at the hospital, Sablan allegedly threatened them and tried to run.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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