A Gun, a Machete, and a Stolen Guitar

Officers are in the process of investigating a bizarre robbery that culminated in a motor vehicle collision on Mercer, an escape route blocked by evening traffic, and two armed suspects turning on each other, all apparently over a $1600 guitar.

Just after 6 p.m. this evening, three men and a woman entered Guitar Center in the 500 block of Westlake, stole a guitar, and fled in two separate cars.

For reasons unknown, the suspects began chasing each other, causing a multi vehicle collision and grinding to a halt in Mercer traffic.

One of the male suspects grabbed a machete and confronted another male suspect, jumping on the hood of his car. The other male suspect responded in kind by brandishing a gun.

Responding West Precinct patrol officers arrived quickly and arrested both suspects and seized their weapons. Officers also arrested the female suspect.

The third male suspect walked away and hasn’t been seen since.

Officers recovered the stolen guitar and plan on returning it to Guitar Center. The gun and the machete will be placed into evidence.

All three suspects will be booked into King County Jail for a variety of crimes.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured during this incident.