Crime

Woman arraigned, man on run after Midland armed robbery

A Tacoma woman and a 15-year-old boy were charged and a bench warrant was issued for a man Tuesday after an armed robbery Sunday in Midland, according to court records.

Sheraya Jeannelle Taylor, 26, and Pierre Michael Cortez, 31, face three counts each of first-degree robbery, and a count each of first-degree burglary and second-degree assault in Pierce County Superior Court.

Taylor, who court records say was arrested at the scene of the robbery, pleaded not guilty to the counts, and Judge Stephanie Arend set her bail at $500,000. Cortez has not been arrested.

The 15-year-old boy was arraigned Tuesday and is being held in Remann Hall. The News Tribune does not generally identify suspects charged as juveniles.

According to court documents:

Cortez, Taylor and the teenager drove to a house in the 800 block of 96th Street East in Midland, where they parked behind another car with three people inside. Taylor was there to pick up money from an acquaintance.

Taylor went to the door of the home, while a pistol-toting Cortez and the shotgun-wielding teen accosted the car’s three occupants for heroin.

The driver gave Cortez heroin, which he smoked. Cortez pulled his pistol out and told the driver, “Give me whatever you’ve got.”

Taylor told Pierce County sheriff’s deputies she didn’t want to be involved in a robbery and tried to leave without Cortez or the teen. She said Cortez and the teen burst into the house and held its occupants at gunpoint.

Witnesses said Taylor went to a window with an air conditioner in it and tried to kick it in and enter through the window, but she failed.

Cortez and the teen held a man outside at gunpoint before trying to break the door down to the house, which an occupant opened as he saw the frame break. The two rummaged through the house, taking a purse. Taylor followed.

While the three were inside, the person sitting in the back seat of the car that was robbed called 911.

Deputies were able to arrest Taylor and the teen. Cortez ran away, and K-9 units were unable to find him.

Deputies found a shotgun and a handgun under the rear wheel of the car Cortez and the teen robbed, and a knife in Taylor’s possession.

Kenny Ocker: 253-597-8627, @KennyOcker

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