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February 27, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Wounded Kmart manager held suspect until police arrived

The manager of a North Seattle Kmart store held a 21-year-old would-be robber on the floor until police arrived Saturday night, even after being shot in the chest with a 9-mm handgun, according to the probable-cause statement outlining the police case against the suspect.

A King County District Court judge found probable cause Monday to hold Matthew Bateman, of Lake Forest Park, for investigation of assault and robbery. His bail was set at $500,000, jail records show.

The store, located at 13200 Aurora Ave. N., had just closed and employees were taking money from the cash registers to a safe in the back of the store when they were confronted by a masked gunman who demanded cash, according to the probable-cause statement.

The store manager scuffled with the suspect and was shot, but held on to the younger man and grabbed the gun during the struggle, the statement says.

A female employee was able to call 911 and leave the store.

Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said Sunday that the suspect entered the Big Kmart store about 15 minutes before the 9 p.m. closing and found a place to hide in the store.

“One employee saw him come in just before closing, and you don’t always observe when they leave the store so the thought was that he remained in the store after closing,” Jamieson said.

The man left his hiding place and went to an office in the back of the store at about 9:07 p.m., where the manager, an assistant manager and clerk were finishing their shifts. The suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the safe.

Bateman, who lives with his parents about four miles east of the Kmart store, is a student at Shoreline Community College, according to the probable-cause statement. He does not appear to have a criminal record.

The victim, a man in his 50s, was critically injured. Monday, he was listed in serious condition in Harborview’s intensive care unit.

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