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Homegrown robbery suspect sought by SPD

May 7th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Back in February, we reported on an armed robbery at the Upper Queen Anne Homegrown Sandwich Shop. Luckily, no customers were in the store and the employees were unharmed. No doubt, still a scary incident.

Turns out, the suspect in the Homegrown robbery has been rather prolific in his endeavors. He’s been hitting sandwich and coffee shops in the area, and SPD is looking for him, and is seeking tips from the public.

Below is the info from the SPD Blotter, along with photos, a video of the suspect, and a map of the businesses he’s robbed.

Detectives Seek Leads On Armed Robber Targeting Sandwich Shops and Coffee Stands
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Detectives are looking for leads that could help identify an armed robber, who’s been targeting restaurants and coffee shops in Queen Anne, Wedgwood, Ravenna, Maple Leaf, and Greenwood over the last three months. [Editor's note: including the Homegrown on Queen Anne]

The masked suspect has walked into seven different businesses—sometimes just as staff are closing up shop—and demanded money from employees while holding them at gunpoint.

Detectives believe the suspect is a white male, 18-25 years old, between 5’8 and 6’0.

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Witnesses have reported seeing the man arrive at or flee from the scene of several robberies in a noticeably dirty dark green minivan. equipped with a rooftop luggage rack.

If you recognize the suspect or have any information about the case, please contact detectives at (206) 684-5535.

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Armed robbery at Kerry Park early Monday morning

March 30th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

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A tweet came through from SPD this morning that referenced an armed robbery on Highland Dr, and now we have more details. I emailed our SPD West Precinct contact, and in the meantime, the Blotter has been updated with the details.

  • There was an armed robbery at 2am today (Monday, March 30th) at Kerry Park
  • Three people were robbed at gunpoint by two suspects wearing handkerchiefs over their faces
  • SPD stopped a silver Honda nearby, but the victims weren’t able to confirm that the driver and passengers were the suspects
  • SPD released the Honda driver and passengers, and seized the vehicle for detectives – no arrests have been made
Police Seize Car After Armed Robbery In Kerry Park
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Detectives are investigating whether car seized early this morning may be linked to a pair of masked gunmen, who robbed three people at gunpoint in a Queen Anne park.

Two women and a man were hanging out in Kerry Park–near 3rd Avenue West and West Prospect Street–around 2 AM when two suspects approached them.

The suspects, both wearing handkerchiefs over their faces and were armed with handguns, took the victims’ wallets and one victim’s cellphone and ordered them to run. The suspects then fired at least one shot into the air before fleeing to a silver Honda.

Officers stopped a silver Honda nearby, but the victims weren’t able to confirm the driver and passengers were the robbery suspects. Officers consulted with the department’s cellphone-tracking expert, but weren’t able to locate the victim’s phone.

After identifying the Honda’s driver and two passengers, police released the trio from the scene and seized their vehicle for detectives.

Robbery detectives are now investigating the case and will search the vehicle for evidence.

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Police are searching for two suspects in a daytime home invasion and armed robbery

May 4th, 2011 by Thea

Seattle police are looking for two suspects who reportedly held a Queen Anne resident at gunpoint while robbing her home this morning. According to the SPD Blotter, officers were called to the 1000 10 block of Fulton Street at the top of the hill at approximately 9:19 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, May 4.

The victim, a 74-year-old woman, told police that the two suspects, who she didn’t know and are described only as “possibly Asian or Latino males” in the report, entered her residence through an open back door at around 8:30 a.m. From the report:

The victim stated that the suspects had plastic ‘zip-ties’ with them, and one of the suspects was armed with a small black pistol.

The suspects held the victim at gunpoint inside her residence. The suspects went through the victim’s residence, taking a large amount of jewelry, cash and two firearms.

The victim, who was not injured in the robbery, called 911 after the suspects left. SPD officers conducted an area search for the suspects, canvassing the surrounding area for other potential victims and evidence of the robbery, but were unable to locate the suspects, or any evidence or witnesses. If you have any information about this crime, please contact SPD immediately.

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Armed robbery in Queen Anne, suspects at large

September 23rd, 2010 by Thea

This just in from the SPD blotter:

On September 23rd at approximately 2:44 a.m. officers responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery of a convenience store in the 1600 block of Queen Anne Avenue North.  Preliminary investigation indicates that two male suspects wearing black ski masks and armed with handguns robbed the convenience store and fled the scene on foot.  Officers and K-9 units conducted an extensive area search however, the suspects remain at large. Nobody was injured during the robbery.

SPD says the robbery is part of an active and on-going investigation.  Anyone with information about the incident, or the identities or whereabouts of the suspects, should call 911 or Seattle Police immediately.

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Armed robbery at W Dravus & 3rd Ave W yesterday

December 5th, 2009 by Thea

A woman was robbed yesterday, Friday, December 4 at approximately 11 p.m. while walking home on W Dravus St from a bus stop on 3rd Ave W. According to the SPD report, the victim heard someone behind her and felt them grab her purse. She turned around and confronted two men, who are described as Hispanic. One of the men, who was attempting to take her purse, demanded she give it up. The victim resisted until the second suspect pulled out a silver handgun. The victim released her purse and the suspects then fled down W Dravus St toward 3rd Ave W, where they were seen running north. According to the report, the victim then began to scream, attracting attention of others, several of whom called 911. A vehicle was then heard at 3rd Ave W and Dravus, which witnesses observed go north immediately after the suspects fled. A police investigation has indicated that this vehicle may have picked up the suspects. The victim was not injured.

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Police looking for suspects in armed robbery

November 22nd, 2009 by Thea

At approximately 1:50 a.m. this morning, Sunday, November 22, officers were called to the scene of a reported assault and robbery outside a motel in the 2200 block of Aurora Ave N. According to the police report, the victim said he had been sitting in his motel room with his girlfriend and his friend, a man who later called the police, and had gone outside to have a cigarette when he was confronted by at least two men, one of which reportedly had a handgun.

According to the victim, when he walked down the stairs he heard someone say, “There’s one of them,” before he was grabbed by the man with the gun and struck several times with it. He also said he believed he was pepper sprayed. The suspects then reportedly robbed him of his personal items, including his wallet, cell phone, keys, his own gun (a CCW) and two magazines. The victim said he then went back to his friend’s room, where he heard a knock on the door followed by the suspects attempting to gain entry, though they were not successful.

When the police arrived there were no signs of the suspects. The victims could not provide descriptions for either suspects, who are still at large.

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Armed robberies at Greenlake last night could be linked to Magnolia case

September 11th, 2009 by Thea

Five more victims were robbed at Greenlake Park and along the walking path last night, at approximately 11:25 p.m. according to a Seattle Police Department report.

The three suspects matched the description of the suspects who robbed four Magnolia teens early Wednesday morning, wearing bandanas across their faces and brandishing at least one handgun. Police believe the two incidents could be related to the robbery in Magnolia. For more information on the robbery and the aftermath, see our sister site, Magnolia Voice, who is covering the story.

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Update on Magnolia armed robbery yesterday

September 10th, 2009 by Thea

Our sister site, Magnolia Voice, has posted an update on the armed robbery that occurred early yesterday morning in Magnolia.

The four robbery victims – all 18 or 19 years old – were sitting in the park in the 2600 block of Magnolia Blvd. West when three black males ages 18-21 approached them, addressed them briefly, and then produced handguns and robbed them of their belongings.

Terrie Johnston, Crime Prevention Officer for the Seattle Police Department, believes there is a possibility that this robbery fits with others that have occurred in the North Precinct recently.

Although the victims called 911 about five minutes later, and according to Johnston, four Queen Anne sector patrol cars responded within 5 minutes and set up containment for a K-9 track, the search was terminated after one hour and returned negative results. The case has now been assigned to a robbery unit detective.

In cases like this, Johnson encourages community residents to “be vigilant and call 911 if you see anything suspicious,” schedule Block Watch meeting and actively engage your community in crime prevention.

Queen Anne residents interested in organizing community crime prevention may contact Terrie Johnston, the SPD Crime Prevention Coordinator for the West Precinct, at (206) 684-4741 or terrie.johnston@seattle.gov.

Click here to read Magnolia Voice’s robbery coverage.

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