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October 26, 2013 at 7:13 PM
A man with a knife robbed a beauty-supply store in the 1900 block of Rainier Avenue South this afternoon, escaping with cash after swinging his knife at a female employee at the store, Seattle police said.
Police said the suspect walked into the store and brandished a knife at about 1 p.m. He confronted the employee, demanded money, and then swung at her with the blade before leaving with cash from the register and the keys to the store, according to police.
The woman ran from the store screaming, prompting a witness to call 911, police said. Only a vague description of the robber was available. Police said they welcome any tips about the incident or the identity of the suspect.
October 10, 2013 at 8:19 PM
Seattle police arrested two men Thursday afternoon in connection with the armed robbery of a South Seattle jewelry store on Wednesday, a police report said.
The suspects, two men, ages 19 and 26, were taken into custody at a Safeway grocery in the 9200 block of Rainier Avenue South, the report said. Police found two handguns on the pair when they were arrested.
An employee at the jewelry store, located in the 6400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, told police two men pulled out handguns and demanded gold jewelry about 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.
The suspects were unable to get into the locked glass jewelry display cases, but they took several pieces from unlocked cases and a couple of trays of costume jewelry before they drove off in a silver van, a police report said.
September 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM
A 16-year-old boy accused of robbing an Everett sandwich shop at gunpoint in August will be tried as a juvenile, Snohomish County prosecutors said today.
Senior Deputy Prosecutor Connie Crawley said the case didn’t meet the criteria to move prosecution of the Arlington teen from juvenile court to adult court. If convicted of robbery, the teen faces 103 to 129 weeks in juvenile detention, she said.
The boy is being held at the Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett. He pleaded not guilty today and faces trial next month, Crawley said.
The Seattle Times is not naming the boy because he is charged as a juvenile.
According to prosecutors, the teen and an unidentified accomplice robbed the Jimmy John’s sandwich shop at 909 Sievers Duecy Road in Everett on July 23. Prosecutors said the two wore surgical masks and displayed a handgun as they ordered employees to open the register. Both stuffed money in their pockets before fleeing, police said.
A 12-year-old boy facing prosecution as a juvenile for two other armed robberies claims he borrowed a handgun from the 16-year-old boy.
September 23, 2013 at 3:49 PM
Two University of Washington students were robbed at gunpoint just north of campus on Sunday night, and one of the victims was punched in the face, UW police say.
The robbery occurred around 11:43 p.m. in the 5000 block of 17th Avenue Northeast, just north of Northeast 50th Street.
According to police, the two students, a man and a woman, were walking north when four men approached them from behind. The men took the woman’s cellphone and purse, and one of them punched the man in the face, giving him a bloody nose, police said.
During the robbery, one of the men pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victims.
Seattle police are investigating the incident.
September 17, 2013 at 9:40 PM
Seattle police are seeking a suspect in an armed robbery of a shoe store in the 1500 block of Third Avenue downtown at around 8:30 p.m.
Police are asking anybody with information about the robbery to call 911.
September 12, 2013 at 9:44 AM
EVERETT — A 12-year-old boy accused of two armed robberies in Everett pleaded not guilty this morning in Snohomish County Juvenile Court.The boy, and a second suspect, a 16-year-old Arlington boy, both appeared in court in orange jumpsuits. The Times is not naming either because they are being prosecuted as juveniles.
Juvenile Court Judge Ellen J. Fair ordered that both boys will remain in Denney Juvenile Justice Center. The 12-year-old is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail and the 16-year-old on $5,000 bail.
During this morning’s arraignment, the mother of the 12-year-old was kicked out of court after she disrupted the hearing when she tried to strike a Seattle Times photographer.
The 12-year-old was recently identified by Everett police using images taken from video surveillance at the Hillbilly Hotties espresso stand, which was robbed Sept. 2. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery in the holdup at the bikini barista stand, as well as an Aug. 28 armed robbery of an Everett convenience store.
In the second case, police say, the 12-year-old walked into Peck’s Drive Market in Everett, pointed a black revolver at the clerk and demanded money from the register. The clerk complied, and the boy left, police said.
According to Everett Police Department spokesman Aaron Snell, the boy told police he’d borrowed the gun from the 16-year-old Arlington boy. After the robberies, the 12-year-old returned the gun to the older boy along with a portion of the money he’d stolen, police said.
The 16-year-old is charged with one count of first-degree robbery in connection with the July 23 robbery of an Everett Jimmy John’s sandwich shop, police said. According to police, the 16-year-old and an unidentified accomplice entered the shop wearing white surgical masks, and one pointed a black revolver at an employee and demanded money, police said.
When the cash-register drawer was opened, both robbers grabbed cash and stuffed it into their pockets before running out of the business, police said.
Police said they are still working to identify the 16-year-old’s accomplice in the Jimmy John’s robbery.
September 10, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Everett police say a 12-year-old boy borrowed a handgun from a 16-year-old friend to carry out two of three recent armed robberies in the city.
According to police, the first robbery occurred on July 23 when a 16-year-old and an unidentified accomplice robbed a Jimmy John’s at 909 Sievers Duecy Blvd. Police say the two entered the sandwich shop wearing white surgical masks, and one pointed a black revolver at an employee and demanded money.
When the cash register drawer was opened, both robbers grabbed cash and stuffed it into their pockets before running out of the business, police said.
On Aug. 28, police say the 12-year-old walked into Pecks Drive Market, 801 Pecks Dr., pointed a black revolver at the clerk and demanded money from the register. The clerk complied and the boy left, police said.
Police say the 12-year-old struck again Sept. 2 when he rode his bike up to the drive-through window of the Hillbilly Hotties Coffee at 4034 Hoyt Ave. The boy ordered coffee, then reached into his backpack, pulled out a black revolver and demanded money, police said. He rode away with the coffee stand’s tip jar after being told there was no money, according to police.
Major crimes detectives with the Everett Police Department said witness descriptions of the suspect’s voice, physical dimensions and handgun led them to believe the two most recent robberies were committed by the same person.
Using video surveillance, investigators were able to identify the suspect as a 12 year-old Everett boy. Everett police said the boy confessed to the robberies of the convenience store and the coffee shop after he was arrested.
He has been booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center, police said.
Detectives say the 12-year-old committed the robberies with a gun he borrowed from a 16-year-old Arlington teen. The younger boy then returned the gun along with some of the money he’d stolen, police said.
When investigators tracked down the 16-year-old, police said he confessed to being a participant in the Jimmy John’s robbery and turned over the revolver. He was arrested without incident and has also been booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center, police said.
Police said they are still working to identify the 16-year-old’s accomplice in the first robbery.
August 13, 2013 at 1:33 PM
The armed robbery suspect who prompted a search Aug. 1 in Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood has been arrested by Snohomish County authorities.
The Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force arrested Timothy Lussier, 35, around noon today in Marysville after he tried to flee on a bicycle.
Lussier was wanted on several outstanding felony warrants, including assault, unlawful possession of firearms and possession of stolen property. He is also a suspect in the May robbery of a North Everett business.
Lussier led police on a car chase Aug. 1 that started in Kenmore and ended at the corner of 21st Avenue Northeast and Northeast 61st Street in Ravenna, where police say he abandoned a stolen van. Lussier ran off and avoided capture.
It was the second time Lussier had eluded authorities following a pursuit, police said.
August 1, 2013 at 4:50 PM
Police continue to search Seattle’s Ravenna neighborhood for an armed robbery suspect wanted by Snohomish County authorities.The suspect, Timothy Lussier, was spotted around 1 p.m. today in the Kenmore area by the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force. As they approached, Lussier fled in a stolen van, prompting a short pursuit south on 15th Avenue Northeast through Lake City.
Police say he stopped the van at the corner of 21st Avenue Northeast and Northeast 61st Street and ran off. Seattle police joined in the search but thus far they have not tracked down Lussier.
Lussier, 35, is a suspect in an armed robbery in Everett, according to The Herald of Everett. Lussier is 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He’s considered armed and dangerous, according to the newspaper.
April 24, 2013 at 11:30 AM
A Kent man has been arrested for investigation of robbing two people he met while using a cell phone dating app, police said today.
The 32-year-old man was arrested Thursday evening at his East Kent apartment, according to a news release.
Detectives say the man met the victims through a dating app frequently used by members of the gay, lesbian and transgender community which allows users to locate other users via a GPS-generated map. Police are not identifying that app out of “an abundance of caution” for its subscribers, according to the news release.
Police say the man selected remote locations for pre-arranged meetings and then would rob the victims using a semi-automatic handgun.
In addition to the two victims in Kent, Seattle police have identified three other victims, the news release said.
“We’re concerned that there may be still more victims in the community that are afraid to come forward,” said Kent Assistant Police Chief Pat Lowery. “With this suspect now in custody, we are urging any other victims to contact us and report if they were also victimized.”
The suspect is black. Some victims have described him as appearing younger than 32, police say. He is 5-foot-7 and has a medium build. He also has dark hair and facial hair, police said.
Police are not releasing his photograph or a detailed description at this time.
Anyone who believes they may have been robbed by the is asked to call Detective Sgt. John Pagel at 253-856-5910.
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