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$1 million bail for teen accused of fatal botched Parkland robbery

James Purnell Mapp
James Purnell Mapp Courtesy

A Tillicum teenager accused of fatally shooting a man during a failed Parkland robbery was arraigned Tuesday.

Dakota Mikalle Collins, 16, is one of seven young men charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lorenzo Parks, 38.

A not guilty plea was entered on Collins’ behalf, and Pierce County Superior Court Commissioner Meagan Foley set his bail at $1 million. Court records did not list an attorney for Collins.

After the arraignment, voices were raised as a crowd gathered in the hallway outside the courtroom.

A woman who sounded distressed could be heard saying her loved one’s photo had been “plastered” across the Internet before sheriff’s deputies ushered the group from the building.

Photos of Collins and the other six charged after the shooting were distributed by investigators as the Sheriff’s Department sought to find and arrest them.

Prosecutors allege the seven tried to rob Parks on May 18 in the parking lot of an auto parts store near 127th Street South and Pacific Avenue South.

Parks turned his pockets inside out to show he had nothing for them to take, but Collins shot him in the torso, according to charging papers.

Jamar Latez Jones, 20; Lonnie Lawrence Brantley Jr., 19; 16-year-old twins Dasjon Michael Robinson and Rasjon Andre Robinson; and 16-year-old Khiry Terrell Baylis were arrested before Collins and pleaded not guilty in connection with the shooting.

Sheriff’s deputies haven’t yet found James Purnell Mapp, 16. Tips about his whereabouts can be called into Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) and can lead to a $1,000 reward.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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