Two men have been charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree assault for their alleged roles in a Sunday evening robbery in Burlington.

Robert Thomas Pierce, 30, and Daniel Alan Vincent Whorten, 21, were charged in Skagit County Superior Court after their Tuesday arrests.

According to court documents, Pierce was driving on South Spruce Street when he intentionally pulled in front of the vehicle of a man he knew.

Unable to stop, the man in the other vehicle struck Pierce’s vehicle, documents state. Whorten, the passenger in Pierce’s vehicle, then got out of Pierce’s vehicle and fired a gun in the victim’s direction.

The victim put his vehicle in reverse and attempted to leave the area, but struck another vehicle and the curb, rendering his car undrivable, documents state. He exited his car and attempted to flee on foot.

As he fled, Pierce allegedly chased him while demanding money, something with which the victim complied, documents state.

Pierce then allegedly went back to the victim’s car and took a backpack from it, documents state.

The suspects then allegedly left the scene, according to a Tuesday news release from the Burlington Police Department.

Pierce was arrested Tuesday morning at a residence on Fairhaven Avenue in Burlington.

Whorten, who was arrested Tuesday afternoon outside a store in Burlington, is also charged with unlawful possession of a firearm.

Each of the men are being held on $75,000 bail. They are scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 10.

— Reporter Kera Wanielista: 360-416-2141, kwanielista@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Kera_SVH, facebook.com/KeraReports

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