3 convicted of assault and stealing Nike shoes in Pierce County


The third and final person charged with 2020 robbery and assault in Pierce County has been convicted. Authorities said the victim jumped from the balcony of his second-floor apartment to escape.

After he escaped, the three men fled with 50 pairs of the victim’s Nike Air Jordan sneakers worth $2,500, according to court documents.

The victim’s ex-boyfriend, Omari Steele, pleaded guilty in 2021 to first degree larceny, residential burglary and unlawful imprisonment in Pierce County Superior Court. Her cousin, Z’Jamayla Steele, pleaded guilty last month to stalking. On Thursday, Emmanuella Charles pleaded guilty to the same charge.

Omari Steele, 26, believed to be the person who called the other women to the Midland apartment and ordered them to attack his ex-girlfriend, was sentenced in 2021 to a year in prison. Z’Jamayla Steele was not sentenced to prison but was sentenced to six months in community detention. Charles was sentenced to 26 days in jail.

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Three people accused of assaulting a woman inside her Pierce County apartment, forcing her to jump off a balcony, have been sentenced in Pierce County Superior Court. From left to right: Z’jamayla Monae Steele, Omari Jerome Steele and Emmanuella “Ella” Heloria Charles. Pierce County Sheriff’s Department Courtesy

The attack began with Omari Steele knocking on his ex-girlfriend’s door and demanding money, according to court documents. When she said no, Steele called his then 18-year-old cousin and 25-year-old girlfriend at home and asked for the victim’s debit card. She again said no, and the three beat and dragged the woman by the hair.

Steele told Charles to block the apartment door so the victim couldn’t get out, and at least one of the women stomped on the victim, according to the probable cause document. The victim ran to her balcony and screamed for help, but Steele dragged her inside by her hair, ripping out braids.

The victim escaped, went to the balcony and jumped. Records indicate she ran for help while her attackers left with the collectible shoes.

Peter Talbot covers crime and breaking news in Pierce County. He started with The News Tribune in 2021. Before that, he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University. While in college, he worked as an intern at NPR in Washington, D.C. He also interned for the Oregonian and the Tampa Bay Times.


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