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Washington taxi passenger allegedly tries to rob gas station while driver is in the restroom

Karl Elliker allegedly claimed to have a bomb and was charged with attempted robbery.
By Evan Bleier   |   July 8, 2014 at 3:25 PM   |   Comments

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TACOMA, Wash., July 8 (UPI) -- According to Washington police, a taxi passenger said he had a bomb and attempted to rob a gas station in Tacoma while his driver was using the restroom.

Passenger Karl Elliker allegedly told a Chevron station clerk that "he was sorry but he had to rob the place," KOMO reported.

The 24-year-old suspect demanded $20 bills from the register and told the clerk he was "desperate" for money after serving in the military. The clerk told him he had no more $20s because he just did a cash drop and Elliker left in the cab.

When the cab was stopped and Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Elliker, he admitted he didn't have a bomb. Elliker has been charged with attempted robbery.

Although the "Sheriff's Office was unable to find any previous convictions for Elliker," a then-20-year-old man named Karl Jakob Elliker pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a destructive device after being caught with a pipe bomb in Oregon in 2009.

"Honestly, I just made it ... to blow it up in a rock quarry with friends," Elliker said, according to the Register-Guard. "I thought that was about the safest place to do it...I regret that I did it."

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