On July 23rd at 3:46 p.m. a 25-year-old male suspect entered a convenience/drug store in the 2600 block of 3rd Avenue downtown, grabbed four bottles of vodka from the liquor shelf and placed them in a shopping cart. He left the store making no attempt to pay for the items. The store’s Loss Prevention Officer attempted to stop the suspect outside the store. The suspect grabbed one of the bottles by the neck and swung it back and forth in a menacing manner. The suspect then broke the bottle against a wall and pointed it’s jagged edge towards the Loss Prevention Officer and warned him to back off. The suspect then fled the scene. Responding patrol officers were unable to locate the suspect.
Robbery detectives assigned to the case developed information during the course of their investigation that allowed them to positively identify the suspect.
On July 29th Robbery detectives learned that the suspect was in the King County Jail on unrelated charges. Detectives also learned that the clothing worn by the suspect when arrested on the other incident was identical to what he was wearing during the convenience store incident.
Robbery detectives interviewed the suspect regarding the robbery incident at the convenience store and he was subsequently re-booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.
This remains an active and on-going investigation.