Charges: Man robs pawnshop, gives employee panic attack

TACOMA, Wash. -- A man who robbed a Tacoma pawnshop Wednesday, giving an employee a panic attack in the process, was arrested in possession of cash, jewelry and a loaded gun as he left the scene, according to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court.

According to the charging documents, 31-year-old Judd Matchett walked into AA-Okay Loans on Pacific Avenue South and told an employee to empty the till.

When the employee didn't immediately respond, Matchett pulled a gun from his waistband and said he wasn't joking around and that he would have to answer to God for his actions, according to the charging documents.

The victim started having a panic attack but finally opened the till. She sat down while Matchett reportedly grabbed the cash.

According to the charging documents, the victim then directed Matchett to the keys for a display case, which he used to steal a number of rings before walking out of the business.

Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Matchett as he was leaving the scene. They found dozens of gold and diamond rings, a lock and set of keys, a large roll of cash and a loaded pistol on him during the arrest, according to the charging documents.

Matchett was charged with robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm Thursday. He has a prior felony conviction for burglary.