A 14-year-old Lynnwood-area boy was arrested after he walked up to a drive-through window of a coffee stand on the corner of 168th St. SW and 52nd Ave. W. in Lynnwood, displayed a knife and demanded money from the barista.
With an undisclosed amount of money, the boy then fled the area on foot, said Shannon Sessions of the Lynnwood police. Police were called and cordoned off the area for a K9 search. Four nearby schools—Beverly and Meadowdale elementaries and Meadowdale middle and high schools—were all placed in lockdown.
The lockdowns started at about 9:30 a.m. and ended an hour later, said D.J. Jakala, a spokeswoman for the Edmonds School District.
Police searching the area found clothes discarded in a nearby parking lot and continued to search for the suspect. A nearby officer saw a boy, with the same description of the suspect, going into Meadowdale High as it was being placed into lockdown.
The officer followed the boy in and detained him in the office. The suspect, a freshman at the school, was arrested for investigation of robbery and later booked into the Lynnwood Police juvenile holding cell. He will be transferred to the Denney Juvenile Justice Center in Everett. No weapons were found on the suspect.
In addition, police are also considering the suspect’s connection with at least one other recent robbery in the area. At about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, a robbery occurred at a nail salon in the 5300 block of 168th St. SW in Lynnwood.
In addition to the lockdowns in Lynnwood, Jakala says police also requested that Mountlake Terrace and Terrace Park elementary schools be locked down as a precautionary measure. The lockdown was only about 30 minutes and lifted at 11:25 a.m., Jakala said.