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Couple sentenced for robbery spree

A Bremerton couple was sentenced in Kitsap County Superior Court this month to at least five years in prison for a string of robberies last May that began in North Kitsap and included a South Kitsap espresso stand before police cornered them in downtown Bremerton.

Maxina L. Rabang Nicol, 36, and Sean Giovani Coleman, 32, pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery charges last month in connection with their crime spree. Both defendants filed Alford pleas, which allow defendants to not admit guilt, but concede that a jury would find them guilty at trial.

Rabang Nicol was sentenced by Judge Sally Olsen to 129 months, or just shy of 11 years, in prison for two counts of first-degree robbery, and another seven years for one count of second-degree robbery.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

Her accomplice and boyfriend, Coleman, was only charged with one count of first-degree robbery in the crimes.

He was sentenced by Judge Olsen to 68 months, or 5.6 years, in prison.

According to information from both the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office and the Bremerton Police Department, the couple’s 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 restaurant, 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 that 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.

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