Not guilty plea in Hoquiam bank, coffee stand robberies

A former Hoquiam man accused of a string of robberies two years ago faced his charges Monday in Grays Harbor Superior Court.

Jay R. Gladden, 31, pleaded not guilty to first-degree robbery charges in the robberies of Twin Star Credit Union in Hoquiam and Huckle Bearies Espresso in Aberdeen in 2012.

Gladden was arrested on an unrelated matter in California a few months after he fled Grays Harbor. He recently completed a prison term there, and was returned to the Harbor by detectives from the Aberdeen and Hoquiam police departments.

On Sept. 17, 2012, Gladden allegedly presented a note to a teller at the Hoquiam Twin Star Credit Union demanding money, but did not show a weapon. He received an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot toward an alley near the bank, trailing various bills as he ran and jumped a small fence.

Gladden is also charged with robbing Huckle Bearies Espresso Stand on Sumner Avenue in Aberdeen at gunpoint, Sept. 15, 2012.

He’s also charged in Grays Harbor District Court with the robbery of Grizzly Espresso Stand in Hoquiam.

Gladden is held in Grays Harbor County Jail with $600,000 bail.


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