A man suspected in eight armed robberies over the last month in Shoreline was arrested yesterday in Shoreline by King County Sheriff’s detectives and Shoreline police officers.
Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, a King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Detective spotted the suspect vehicle, a green minivan, in Shoreline. Shoreline Police stopped the vehicle in the 15200 block of Aurora Avenue North and conducted a high risk stop without incident, arresting one of the suspects. (See attached YouTube video shot by citizen Brandon Maddy. Several other people in the minivan were initially detained as well.)
Another suspect was arrested by Tukwila Police, several weeks ago.
The two suspects, ages 34 and 35 from Edmonds, are being held in the King County Jail for multiple counts of Investigation of Robbery in the 1st degree, Kidnapping, and one of the suspects additionally for Sexual Assault. Both suspects have previous criminal records and are known to police, detective Cary Coblantz said.
A third suspect is also being sought, Shoreline Police Chief Shawn Ledford said.
"We've been putting a lot of resources and effort to get evidence and track these guys and get them into custody," Ledford said.
The suspect's vehicle a green mini-van was spotted on Friday and led officers on a high speed chase onto I-5, but it had to abandoned because it became too dangerous, Ledford said.
Detectives said that the men had been robbing citizens at gunpoint late at night and early in the morning. The first robbery occurred in the 17300 block of the Interurban Trail on Aug. 27. In one case a Shoreline woman was robbed, kidnapped and sexually assaulted as she exited her car in a casino parking lot.
These same suspects are believed to be involved in similar robberies in the City of Seattle and Mountlake Terrace. Approximately 18-20 robberies have occurred in all, according to police.
The King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit is working in cooperation with the Seattle Police Department and Mountlake Terrace Police Department. Additional charges are anticipated in the days to come.