Bremerton couple charged in robbery spree

A Bremerton couple was charged on Thursday in connection with a rash of holdups that began in North Kitsap and included a South Kitsap espresso stand before it ended in a standoff with police Monday afternoon.

Maxina L. Rabang Nicol, 36, and Sean Giovani Coleman, 32, were each charged with first-degree robbery in Kitsap County Superior Court Thursday.

However, Rabang Nicol was charged with three counts total — two of first-degree robbery and one second-degree — while Coleman was charged with only one count of first-degree robbery.

Both defendants pleaded not guilty and are awaiting a July 11 trial at Kitsap County Jail.

According to information from both the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the Bremerton Police Department, the couple’s alleged crime spree began May 11 with a robbery at a Poulsbo tanning salon.

A week later on May 18, the couple reportedly robbed a Kingston electronics store, then the next day launched an all-day robbing spree that began in South Kitsap at 5:50 a.m. with a stop at an espresso stand on Sedgwick Road and ended around 10 p.m. that day after the pair hit a Subway shop, a clothing store and, finally, a hotel — all in Central Kitsap.

Police believe the last robbery the pair committed in Kitsap County — although more may have been committed in Pierce County — was on May 22, the day before their arrest, at a Bremerton motel shortly before 9 p.m.

Investigators believe both suspects are responsible for committing the robberies, although only one suspect entered the businesses during each crime.

Law enforcement investigating the incidents identified Rabang Nicol, then later her boyfriend Coleman, as a suspect and executed a search warrant at the couple’s Bremerton apartment on Fourth Street Monday afternoon.

Before the suspects could be apprehended, however, Rabang Nicol fled the building and tried to escape in her car, quickly crashing into a utility pole and running back into the building.

A SWAT team was deployed to assist in the arrest of the suspects, who were discovered hiding in a hair salon in the building with their infant son. The infant was placed with Child Protective Services after the suspects’ capture.

Rabang Nicol is being held under $500,000 bail, while Coleman has a no-bail hold due to a prior arrest warrant for escape from community custody.

At the defendants’ arraignment Thursday, the public defender assigned to Rabang Nicol’s case asked to be removed due to a conflict of interest. The attorney said his law firm was already defending Coleman, and believed the fact that Coleman was facing charges of assaulting Rabang Nicol made the dual representation inappropriate.

Judge Sally Olsen agreed.

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