A judge on Thursday found probable cause to hold a man in custody for allegedly slitting the throat of a Renton store clerk during a robbery Wednesday.
The 44-year-old man was arrested Wednesday afternoon at an apartment complex in the 13400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South after police received a phone call that he might be there. He is being held for investigation of attempted murder.
The suspect waived his appearance in King County District Court on Thursday, and his bail hearing was set for Friday, prosecutors said.
According to the document of probable cause, surveillance video showed the man walking into the GameStop store in the 200 block of South Second Street shortly before 11 a.m. In the video, the victim can be seen showing the man a video controller when the man “grabbed her around the neck from behind, held a knife to her throat and walked her behind the counter,” the court document says.
Once the man forced the victim to open the cash register, he forced her onto her hands and knees, grabbed her hair with one hand and slit her throat with the other, the document says.
The man, whose face was covered with a scarf, grabbed the cash and left the store as another person walked in, court documents say.
Court documents say police obtained video surveillance that showed the man taking off his jacket after the attack, walking to the transit station in Renton and getting on the Route 101 bus.
Police released surveillance photos of him taken inside the store, as well as after he changed his clothes, and at around 4 p.m. received a call from a man who identified the suspect as a person who had until recently lived with the caller’s mother at an apartment in the 13400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South.
Police found the man at the apartment complex, and he was arrested without incident. In the court documents, police said the suspect had blood on his sleeve.
A spokeswoman at Harborview Medical Center said the victim, who was identified by her family as Kiersten Shideler, was in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit but was improving.
In a statement released by the hospital Thursday afternoon, Shideler’s family asked for privacy and thanked the police department for their quick response as well as social and traditional media for putting out information about the suspect that contributed to the arrest.
“We are overwhelmed by the love and support we have received from the community in dealing with this tragedy,” Shideler’s family said.
The suspect, whose last listed address is in Indiana, does not appear to have a criminal history in Washington, according to state court records.