TACOMA, Wash. -

A 31-year-old man accused of hiding in the back seat of a woman's car in Tacoma and taking her purse told police he needed money to get married.

Christopher Michael Brown pleaded not guilty Tuesday to robbery and theft charges.

The News Tribune reports court papers say he told police he needed money to get married and wanted to write a letter of apology and return the woman's belongings.

The woman discovered a man the back seat of her car Feb. 13 after she left a grocery store. She fled screaming and he took her purse.