Second not guilty plea in Elma bank robbery case

A Shelton man accused of robbing the Elma Anchor Bank pleaded not guilty in Grays Harbor Superior Court Monday.

Jerry T. Upson, 32, is charged with first-degree robbery. Prosecutors say he approached a teller and demanded she “give him all the hundred dollar bills,” which totaled $1,100. From the way he was standing, the teller said she believed he might have a gun, court documents stated.

According to court documents, Upson originally approached the back door of a different bank but found it locked.

Jeremy L. York, 26, is also charged with first-degree robbery for allegedly driving Upson to and from the bank. He has pleaded not guilty and is held on $100,000 bail.

Court documents say the pair stopped at a casino after the robbery in order to break the hundreds.

Upson is held in Grays Harbor County Jail with $250,000 bail.