Crime

Tacoma police: 3 robberies, same store, same suspect, same outfit

For the third time in three months, the same man robbed the same Tacoma grocery store, according to police.

The most recent holdup happened March 23 at the store in the 700 block of South 56th Street.

A man approached the customer service counter, asked to see a manager, displayed a handgun hidden in a bag and demanded cash.

This time, one of the clerks said she immediately recognized 55-year-old Darnell Walker because she had been robbed by him in January by the same method.

A Tacoma detective assigned to the case watched the surveillance video from the robbery and recognized Walker, who was already charged with two holdups at the grocery store in January.

“The defendant appeared to be wearing the same clothing as he wore the two prior times that he robbed the victim business,” according to charging papers.

Police later learned he was jailed in California on an unrelated case and extradited him.

Pierce County prosecutors on Tuesday charged Walker with first-degree robbery for the March holdup. He is also charged with two counts of first-degree robbery in connection with holdups at the same grocery store Jan. 15 and Jan. 25.

Walker is expected to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653

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