SPD, King County Detectives Nab Pistol Envy Perps

Seattle police and King County Sheriff’s office detectives have arrested a group of men suspected in several robberies in Seattle and King County, including a botched hold-up at a West Seattle convenience store, which left the suspects with a serious case of pistol envy.

Around 10 pm on Saturday, the two suspects walked into the convenience store in the 8800 block of 9th Ave SW wearing masks and pulled a gun on a clerk.

“I have a bigger one,” the clerk announced, referring to his gun, which he then drew on the suspects.

The clerk’s apparently massive pistol sent the suspects fleeing from the store to their white Ford Explorer, which was quite distinct-looking as its rear bumper was held together by duct tape.

The next day, just before 10 pm, King County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene of a street robbery in the 14500 block of Military Rd S.

The victim said two men had stolen her purse and cellphone and fled in a white, duct-tape covered Ford Explorer.

Deputies found the Explorer crashed in a ditch nearby—along with the woman’s phone and purse and a handgun—and realized it was the same vehicle seen fleeing the convenience store robbery the day before.

Deputies managed to find and arrest the suspects near the scene of the crash and contacted Seattle police.

Detectives from SPD and the King County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the two suspects, and then arrested a third man believed to have committed several robberies around King County and Seattle with the suspects.

Police booked all three men into the King County Jail for robbery.