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Robbery suspect arrested in Belltown

On February 1st, at approximately 10:40 pm, a lone suspect entered a grocery store in the 2200 Block of 3rd Avenue and confronted the clerk.  The suspect lunged over the counter in an attempt to remove money from the open cash drawer.  The suspect stated, “This is a robbery.” as he struggled with the clerk.  The clerk was able to prevent the suspect from removing any money from the till.  The suspect placed his hand underneath his jacket, stating that he had a gun.  The clerk did not believe him and again struggled with the suspect.  At one point, the clerk grabbed a broom, striking the suspect.  The clerk yelled for another employee in the back to call 911 and the suspect fled.  The clerk did injure his hand during the struggle and was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire.  The entire incident was captured on security cameras, and a bulletin was distributed to officers with the suspect’s image.

Information developed by Robbery detectives led to the identity of a possible suspect.  The victim was able to positively identify the suspect in a photo lineup.

On March 21st, at approximately 6:45 pm, the suspect was located in the 2200 Block of 1st Avenue and taken into custody.  He was transported to the Robbery office for processing.  The 48 year old suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Attempt Robbery.  Robbery detectives will continue to handle the follow up investigation.