Robbery near Judkins Park, suspect arrested

Last night at about 11:00 pm, a suspect entered a mini mart in the 700 Block of 23 Avenue South and approached the clerk at the counter.  He indicated that he had a weapon and demanded of the clerk, “Give me all the money.”  The clerk thought he was kidding so he began laughing.  The suspect then pulled out what appeared to be a black semi-auto handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the clerk.

A man who had been outside the store entered the store just at that moment.  The suspect turned and pointed the gun at him. That man ran and hid in the corner of the store.  The suspect then walked around the counter and put the barrel of the gun against the clerk’s chest and demanded that he open the till.  The suspect then took money out of the till.  The suspect then fled the store taking the money with him.  The clerk called 911 and watched as the suspect ran into nearby Judkins Park.

Responding officers located a possible suspect walking westbound through Judkins Park near 23rd Avenue South and South Charles Street.  The officer chased the suspect on foot until he lost sight of him in the 2000 Block of Charles Street.  Officers set up containment and a K-9 team responded to the location.  A track was conducted and the dog and its handler located the suspect in the driveway of a house in the 2000 Block of Charles Street.  The suspect was hiding under a parked car.  The victim was able to positively identify the man as the correct suspect.

During the investigation, officers recovered  some of the stolen money in the driveway and an Airsoft pellet gun.  A routine records check of the suspect revealed that he had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, which was verified.  The 26 year old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery and the theft warrant.  Detectives from the Robbery Unit will now handle the follow up investigation.