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Three men charged in string of bank robberies, including Federal Way | Update
Three men were charged on Aug. 7 with first-degree robbery in relation to five bank robberies in Pierce and south King counties. The men, who all pleaded not guilty, are being charged in Pierce County Superior Court.
On Aug. 6, Jacob Fox, Trevor Karinen and James Venson were arrested on suspicion of robbery, along with a fourth suspect who is not being charged, according to court documents.
Despite their not guilty plea, the three men admitted participation in the Pierce County robberies at Americas Credit Union on July 14, Heritage Bank on July 18, Tapco Credit Union on July 21 and Umpqua Bank on July 22, according to court documents. Fox and Karenin also admitted to participation in a robbery at Umpqua Bank in Federal Way on July 18.
At arraignment hearings, judges only accept pleas of not guilty, according to the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Fox and Karenin said they participated in all five robberies, the documents continue. Venson admitted to only the July 14 robbery.
The suspects were apprehended thanks to tips to the Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers.
Federal Way police arrested another suspect on July 28 in connection with the July 18 robbery in Federal Way, but the suspect was released after the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office helped identify a new suspect. The new suspect, who is not currently in custody, was positively identified in a photo montage presented to the bank teller, said police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock. Police were also able to positively match fingerprints left at the scene after the suspect knocked over a brochure display and replaced it.
Filing documents for the King County Prosecuting Attorney were submitted today recommending a charge of one count of first degree robbery. The suspect is in addition to the three already being charged in Pierce County Superior Court. The three other suspects implicated the fourth when they allegedly confessed to the Federal Way robbery and identified him as the robber, according to the court documents.
The initial suspect was not involved in the bank robbery, however, when police entered the suspect’s Federal Way home and arrested the suspect, they found 3,100 marijuana plants, according to a police report.
The initial suspect, and other suspects involved, will face drug charges, Schrock said. The suspects exceeded their medical marijuana allotment by 3,085 plants.
The Mirror does not name suspects until they have been charged in court.