Crime

Teen sentenced for two Tacoma robberies

A Tacoma teenager who held up two gas stations in May was sentenced this week to up to about 2 1/2 years in a juvenile facility.

Miguel Angel Torres Ramirez, 17, originally was charged as an adult for first-degree robbery and attempted first-degree robbery.

As part of plea negotiations, he pleaded guilty earlier this year to those charges, but in juvenile court.

He was sentenced Monday to 103 to 129 weeks in a juvenile facility, which is roughly 2 to 2 1/2 years. The state Department of Social and Health Services can release him anytime within that range.

Torres Ramirez robbed a gas station in the 1700 block of South Hosmer Street at gunpoint May 11.

As officers searched the area, they were called to another holdup at a gas station in the 9500 block of South Steele Street.

The clerk there said a man had demanded money at gunpoint, and threatened to shoot if he didn’t get the cash, which he said he needed for his family.

But the cash register wouldn’t open, and he left.

Officers saw Torres Ramirez running from the gas station where the second robbery happened, and arrested him. He was 16 at the time.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268, @amkrell

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