Man accused of holding hostages at repair shop ordered held on $2.5 million bail
TACOMA, Wash. -- A man accused of holding people hostage at a Parkland auto repair shop last week has been ordered held in lieu of $2.5 million bail.
Randy Smith is charged with 11 counts, including for kidnapping, assault and robbery, for the incident at Sky Motors, 13401 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma, on Sept. 6.
According to charges filed in Pierce County Superior Court, Smith walked into the sales office carrying a rifle, handgun and ammunition.
“He demanded, using profanity, that he was serious and wanted a car with gas,” charges said.
Smith, 32, allegedly pointed a gun at the four people in the office and threatened to kill them if they didn’t get him what they wanted.
Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputies said three of the four victims were able to escape. When Smith was trying to reload his rifle the fourth person was able to run as well, deputies said.
Deputies and Smith fired at each other, charges said. Smith was protected from much of the gunfire by his bulletproof vest. But after being struck he came outside with his hands up, charges said.
According to prosecutors Smith was on community custody, or probation, when the hostage incident occurred. He has prior convictions for robbery, charges said.
The charges do not list a motive.