Couple faces armed robbery charges

Sean G. Coleman and Maxina L. Rabang of Bremerton pleaded innocent to charges of first-degree robbery in Kitsap Superior Court Thursday, May 26. The couple is suspected of robbing several businesses during the past two weeks in Bremerton, Silverdale, Poulsbo, Kingston and Port Orchard.

Coleman, 32, faces one count of first degree robbery and is being held at Kitsap County Jail. Bail was denied. Rabang, 36, faces two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of second-degree robbery. An omnibus hearing has been scheduled for June 16 with a trial date set for July 11.

Prosecutors say they could add more counts as their investigation continues.

The couple was arrested Monday, May 23, following a two-hour standoff with Bremerton Police and the county SWAT team at the couple’s apartment on the 500 block of Fifth Street in Bremerton.

Rabang’s infant child was found inside the apartment and turned over to Child Protective Services.

According to reports, Bremerton Police and Sheriff’s deputies were watching the suspects at the apartment while investigators were obtaining a search warrant. Detectives saw Rabang (also referred to Maxina Rabang Nicol in court documents) leave the building and drive away, KCSO reports stated.

At about 2:40 p.m. detectives attempted a traffic stop, but the suspect circled the block, struck a utility pole, fled from her car and ran back into the apartment building.

Believing the couple was armed, police cordoned off the area and the SWAT team was called in. Officers went door-to-door evacuating the building and searching for the suspects, according to KCSO spokesman Deputy Scott Wilson.

Coleman and Rabang were eventually located hiding in the Sister To Sister Beauty Salon, located adjacent the apartment, and taken into custody at 4:46 p.m. One resident told detectives the suspects had knocked on his door demanding that he allow them to hide in his apartment. When he refused, the two allegedly burglarized a neighboring apartment.

“It didn’t go exactly as planned initially, but the end result was successful,” said Sgt. Kevin Crane, Bremerton Police detective.

“The on-scene detectives, together with responding patrol officers and deputies, adapted to fast-changing circumstances to protect others in the building, nearby business establishments and passing motorists and pedestrians.”

There were no injuries reported during the warrant service and arrests.

Coleman and Rabang were originally booked into Kitsap County Jail with $500,000 bail.

According to court documents, Rabang is accused of showing a handgun and demanding money from Mitchell’s Espresso in Port Orchard on May 19. She allegedly apologized saying her children needed diapers and told employees to go into the restroom while she left the business.

She is also believed to have robbed The Dunes Hotel in Bremerton and a Subway in the 1100 block of Wheaton Way.

The Subway robbery also occurred May 19 when a woman matching Rabang’s description reached into a black nylon bag and said “I don’t want to hurt you, just give me the money.”

As she left she stated “I’m sorry, but it’s for my baby,” store employees told police.

Police believe Coleman or Rabang acted alone in each incident.

Coleman is suspected of robbing Total Tan in Poulsbo on May 11, court documents state.

He allegedly displayed a handgun and told an employee there to give him money or he would shoot her. Coleman may have threatened the employee’s 6-year-old child who came out of a back room at the time of the incident documents stated.

Both suspects have previous criminal convictions.

Reporter Justine Frederiksen contributed to this story.

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