Two men arrested, charged in robbery of Yelm store

A Yelm man and an Olympia man accused of robbing a Yelm store at knifepoint on Nov. 22 were charged with first-degree robbery while armed with a deadly weapon in Thurston County Superior Court on Monday.

Kalae K. Nelson, 23, is being held in the Thurston County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Tony S. Muy, 21, was released on $10,000 bail.

Court documents give the following account of the incidents leading to their arrest:

Thurston County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Country Joe’s Deli Mart in Yelm on Nov. 22 after an employee reported that the store had been robbed.

The employee said that he heard the door chime ring and looked up to see two men, both wearing gray hooded sweatshirts, entering the store. One man banged a knife on the counter and screamed, “Put the money in the bag,” and started counting down from 30.

The employee said he hesitated, and the man walked behind the counter and brandished the knife at him. He then opened the cash register and gave all the money to the man. Both suspects left.

A Yelm Police officer reviewed security footage from the store and recognized one of the men as Muy from when he worked as a student resource officer at Yelm High School. Deputies contacted Muy, who said that Nelson and an unknown man had committed the robbery and that he had only driven the car. Nelson told police that he had been driving the car and that two unknown men had committed the robbery.