A Richland man and woman face Sept. 15 trials on allegations they ordered an acquaintance to empty his pockets, then took his cellphone, $5 cash and other items.
Ian Michael Shipp, 28, and Desiree Noelle Johnson, 18, have pleaded innocent to one count of second-degree robbery.
Prosecutors allege that Johnson contacted the victim July 8, asked if she could borrow money and set up a face-to-face meeting with him on a bike path.
Johnson took Shipp with her to the meeting spot, along with another man. When the victim wouldn't give Johnson money, Shipp confronted the man and said he would "get knucks" if he didn't pull out the contents of his pockets, court documents said.
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The victim later told Richland police that he understood Shipp's comment to mean he would be assaulted if he didn't comply. Johnson, Shipp and the other man -- who hasn't been charged in Superior Court for this crime -- left with the victim's belongings, documents said.
Shipp, when interviewed by officers, said he confronted the victim about $180 owed to a friend. He admitted telling the man to empty his pockets and that a companion took the property, but "denied making any threats because he knew if he did it would be a felony," court documents said.
Shipp also acknowledged that the victim appeared to be frightened during the encounter, documents said.
Johnson is in jail on $10,000 bail. Shipp has bail set at $50,000 for the robbery, along with $20,000 for a separate charge of possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver and an out-of-county warrant.
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