EVERETT — A 12-year-old boy accused of two armed robberies in Everett pleaded not guilty this morning in Snohomish County Juvenile Court.The boy, and a second suspect, a 16-year-old Arlington boy, both appeared in court in orange jumpsuits. The Times is not naming either because they are being prosecuted as juveniles.
Juvenile Court Judge Ellen J. Fair ordered that both boys will remain in Denney Juvenile Justice Center. The 12-year-old is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail and the 16-year-old on $5,000 bail.
During this morning’s arraignment, the mother of the 12-year-old was kicked out of court after she disrupted the hearing when she tried to strike a Seattle Times photographer.
The 12-year-old was recently identified by Everett police using images taken from video surveillance at the Hillbilly Hotties espresso stand, which was robbed Sept. 2. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery in the holdup at the bikini barista stand, as well as an Aug. 28 armed robbery of an Everett convenience store.
In the second case, police say, the 12-year-old walked into Peck’s Drive Market in Everett, pointed a black revolver at the clerk and demanded money from the register. The clerk complied, and the boy left, police said.
According to Everett Police Department spokesman Aaron Snell, the boy told police he’d borrowed the gun from the 16-year-old Arlington boy. After the robberies, the 12-year-old returned the gun to the older boy along with a portion of the money he’d stolen, police said.
The 16-year-old is charged with one count of first-degree robbery in connection with the July 23 robbery of an Everett Jimmy John’s sandwich shop, police said. According to police, the 16-year-old and an unidentified accomplice entered the shop wearing white surgical masks, and one pointed a black revolver at an employee and demanded money, police said.
When the cash-register drawer was opened, both robbers grabbed cash and stuffed it into their pockets before running out of the business, police said.
Police said they are still working to identify the 16-year-old’s accomplice in the Jimmy John’s robbery.