Port Angeles man faces Sept. 22 trial in pizza shop robbery
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Corey Borden arrives for his first appearance in Clallam County Superior Court in Port Angeles on Wednesday.

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man who initially was jailed on a state warrant faces a Sept. 22 trial in the robbery of a pizza shop.

Corey Earl Borden, 24, pleaded not guilty to one count of first-degree robbery in Clallam County Superior Court on Friday.

Borden is accused of robbing the Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza at 1405 E. Front St. at about 2 p.m. July 21 while pointing what police say was a BB gun made to look like a real firearm at an employee.

The robber took an undisclosed amount of money and fled.

Borden is set to appear in court Aug. 29 for a status hearing.

He remained in the Clallam County jail Saturday on $260,000 bail.

Borden has been in jail since July 25, when he was arrested on a state Department of Corrections warrant for failing to report to his corrections officer near the Swain's General Store parking lot on East First Street at about 2:15 p.m. following several 9-1-1 calls from people who saw him.

A manhunt the day before, which was prompted by a corrections officer spotting Borden, had been unsuccessful.

Borden was later charged with the robbery.

He denied involvement in the robbery, police said, saying he was at his mother's and stepfather's house all day July 21, according to court documents.

After the pizza shop robbery, a resident found a black BB gun on South Vine Street, north of East Sixth Street, alongside a scarf police think Borden used to cover his face during the robbery.

The gun matched the one the Papa Murphy's employee said was used in the robbery, police said.

Investigators connected Borden to the robbery through clothing officers recovered, including a button-up shirt with images of cars on it found on Chambers Street a few blocks from the pizza shop, and through calls from members of the public, who identified Borden from photos released by police.

Borden had been sentenced to the community corrections supervision requirements after pleading guilty in October 2012 to delivery of oxycodone, according to court documents.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsuladailynews.com.

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