OLYMPIA, Wash — A Puyallup, Wash., man appeared in court Monday over charges related to an armed robbery at a Lacey Walmart.
Jonathan David Langford, 25, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery and assault in the second degree with a deadly weapon. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Gary Tabor set bail at $25,000. A trial date was set for the week of March 9.
The robbery took place about 4:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at Walmart, 1401 Galaxy Drive N.E., after the store’s loss prevention personnel had stopped Langford for shoplifting vacuum cleaners and electronics.
While inside an office at the store, Langford began “freaking out” before brandishing a pistol and pointing it at a loss prevention officer, according to court documents.
After a struggle for the gun, Langford escaped from the store. Lacey police had reported that no shots were fired.
Detectives reviewed surveillance footage from the Lacey store as well as another Walmart store where Langford was suspected of shoplifting, according to documents, and identified him after comparing the footage to a photo from his social media page. Detectives also linked a phone number associated with Langford to an online sales site that advertised vacuum cleaners and gaming consoles similar to those stolen from Walmart, according to documents.
Langford was arrested the following night by police in Astoria, and later extradited to Washington. Monday’s court hearing in Thurston County served as Langford’s arraignment.
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