Two suspects arrested in a string of armed robberies are from Edmonds.
A man suspected in eight armed robberies over the last month in Shoreline was arrested Tuesday in Shoreline by King County Sheriff’s detectives and Shoreline police officers.
At about 3 p.m. Tuesday, a King County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes detective spotted the suspected vehicle, a green minivan, in Shoreline. Shoreline Police stopped the vehicle in the 15200 block of Aurora Avenue North and arrested one of the suspects without incident.
(See attached YouTube video shot by 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 from Edmonds, ages 34 and 35, are being held in the King County Jail for multiple counts of investigation of robbery in the first degree, kidnapping. One of the suspects is also being held 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."
The suspect's vehicle, a green minivan, 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 Seattle and Mountlake Terrace. About 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.