Robbery investigation in Aurora motel, suspects arrested

On May 14th, at approximately 4:00 pm, North Precinct officers responded to a report of a fight disturbance with a weapon inside a motel located in the 12000 Block of Aurora Avenue North.  Officers arrived and contacted two victims.  They stated that it was actually an armed robbery that had occurred.  A witness told officers that one of the suspects, a male,  had fled in a vehicle, while a female  ran northbound on Aurora, and a third male suspect armed with a gun ran into another room in the motel.

As officers were approaching that room, a black male opened the door and poked his head out.  As soon as he saw the officers, he slammed the door. Officers announced their presence and then entered the room.  The male suspect was laying on the floor, and a male and a female were discovered hiding in the bathroom.  The suspect who was laying on the floor was the registered guest for that room and gave officers persmission to search the room.  A search was conducted, but the firearm was not located inside the room.  The bathroom window was open.  Officers located a black semi-automatic .380 handgun inside a sock within throwing distance of the open bathroom window outside.  The gun was collected and submitted into evidence.  A records check of the gun showed that it was a stolen handgun.

Officers interviewed the victims of the robbery.  They stated that they had just checked into the motel when an unknown woman starting banging on their door.  One of the victim’s opened the door and the suspect burst into the room, followed by an unknown male.  The female suspect demanded to know where her stuff was and began dumping out the contents of the victim’s purse.   A second male suspect then entered the room armed with a gun, urging the victims to hand over what the female demanded.  The victims kept telling the suspects they did not know what they were talking about.  One of the victims was able to flee the room when the suspects began chasing him, and was able to flag down people to call 911.

The victims were able to positively identify the three suspects detained by officers as the suspects involved.  The 29 year old male with the gun was arrested and transported downtown to be interviewed by detectives.  He was later booked into the King County Jail.  The second male suspect, age 47, was later booked into the King County Jail on outstanding warrants.  The 29 year old female suspect was interviewed and released from the North Precinct pending further investigation.  The Robbery Unit will handle the follow up investigation.