Fingerprints lead detectives to robbery suspect

On December 12th, 2009, at approximately 10:45 pm, two suspects entered a convience store in the 6300 Block of 35th Avenue SW.  They attempted to purchase beer, but were unable because neither had any photo identification.  Both suspects then started throwing beer cans at the clerk, who ran out from behind the counter.  Both suspects then confronted the clerk and started beating him in the face, neck and shoulders.  One of the suspects then walked behind the counter and took the cash register.  Both suspects then fled the scene.  Responding officers conducted a thorough area search, but were unable to locate the suspects.  The beer cans handled by the suspects were recovered by officers and submitted for fingerprint analysis. 

On January 25th, 2010, the Latent Print Examiner contacted the Robbery Unit and advised them that they had obtained a positive identification on a 19 year old man.  The victim in this crime positively identified the suspect in a photo montage.  Detectives then spent the next week attempting to locate the suspect.

On February 1st, 2010, detectives learned that the suspect had been booked into the King County Jail on an unrelated felony warrant.  The suspect was brought over to the Robbery Office for an interview.  The suspect gave a detailed statement admitting his involvement in the crime. The suspect was then re-booked into KCJ for Investigation of Robbery.  Robbery detectives are still working this case as there is still an outstanding suspect.