Crime

‘Give me your wallet, homie.’ Armed stickups lead to 100 mph chase from Puyallup to Tacoma

Suspects in armed robberies in Sumner and Puyallup led police on a 7-mile chase that ended with their arrest in Tacoma Friday night.

The two adults and two juveniles are suspects in other crimes, police said Saturday.

The chain of events began on Thursday when a 20-year-old man walking home in the 1000 block of East Main around 9:30 p.m. was approached by a vehicle, said Puyallup police spokesman Captain Ryan Portmann.

“A (suspect) leaned out of the window and said, ‘Give me your wallet, homie’,” Portmann said, reading from the police report.

A handgun was also pointed at the victim.

The clear-headed victim gave police detailed descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle’s license plate.

The car was registered to an address in Orting. Police checked the address but did not locate the vehicle Thursday night.

On Friday night, a man standing on the sidewalk in front of a church in the 500 block of Valley Avenue East in Sumner was robbed by a group of suspects who emerged from a vehicle, according to Sumner city spokeswoman Carmen Palmer. A gun was brandished, she said.

The Sumner robbery call came into police at 7:15 p.m., Portmann said. Information was automatically relayed to surrounding agencies, including Puyallup.

“The vehicle description and the suspect description was the same (as Thursday night’s robbery),” Portmann said.

The Puyallup patrol officer who had investigated Thursday night’s robbery heard the call and headed to East Main Street, thinking they might return to that area, Portmann said.

His hunch was right.

Two minutes later, the eastbound officer passed the suspect vehicle, a dark Subaru Outback, heading westbound on East Main Street.

“It’s pretty good police work by this officer,” Portmann said.

The officer made a U-turn and turned on his emergency lights.

“He got behind it and the vehicle failed to yield,” Portmann said.

The Subaru fled, eventually ending up on Pioneer Way East. Speeds exceeded 100 mph, Portmann said.

The Subaru, with Puyallup and Tacoma police in pursuit, hit a curb at East Bay and East 26th streets and crashed. Six people were in the car.

Two 18-year-olds, one from Bonney Lake and the other from Auburn, were arrested. Two others, a 15-years-old and a 16-year-old, were also taken into custody, officers said.

The adult suspects were booked Saturday afternoon for Thursday night’s alleged armed robbery. The driver was also booked for felony pursuit and eluding charges from Friday night’s chase.

Also in the car was a 20-year-old male from Tacoma and a 14-year-old girl, police said.

The suspects are wanted for questioning in at least three other crimes, including two in Tacoma, police said. Specifics were not available.

Other charges, including for Friday’s alleged robbery, are pending.

Craig Sailor has worked for The News Tribune for 20 years as a reporter, editor and photographer. He previously worked at The Olympian and at other newspapers in Nevada and California.
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