November 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM
Seattle police say armed robbers targeting Vietnamese-owned businesses
Seattle police today released two sketches and a surveillance photo of two men believed to be responsible for a series of takeover robberies at Vietnamese-owned businesses in South Seattle.
Robbery detectives say the crime spree began just before 9:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Venus Seafood Restaurant on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Myrtle Street. One of the men walked into the restaurant, pulled a gun on the owner and demanded cash, police said. The armed man then fled in a silver two-door Honda Civic driven by a second man.
The Civic had a sunroof, tinted side rear windows and possibly had a tinted rear window. The car did not have a front license plate, police said.
Two days later, the men robbed the Spring Roll House Deli on 12th Avenue and South Main Street, according to police. They pulled guns on six women inside the business, taking cash and jewelry before forcing them into a bathroom.
On Thursday, the men hit a second business on Martin Luther King Jr Way South and South Myrtle, when they forced a group of women at a hair salon into a bathroom, where they zip-tied their hands and robbed them at gunpoint of cash and jewelry.
Most recently, on Saturday the men held up employees at a nail salon on Rainier Avenue South and South Findlay. Again, they forced the employees into a back room at gunpoint, where they tied them up and robbed them, police said.
Detectives believe the suspects are both Vietnamese men in their 30s, about 5-feet-7 and 5-feet 8 and 150 to 160 pounds.
Police say the men appear to be targeting Vietnamese-owned businesses.
Anyone who recognizes the men or who believes they have seen the Honda Civic is asked to call SPD’s Robbery Unit at 206- 684-5540.
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