Two suspects in a series of armed “takeover” robberies at casinos in the Puget Sound region are in custody after leading police on a brief chase in Shoreline this weekend.
According to the King County Sheriff’s office, at 1:45 a.m. on Friday, a Shoreline patrol sergeant noticed a “suspicious vehicle” parked near two casinos on 167th and Aurora.
When the sergeant pulled in behind the car, the driver sped off. A chase ensued, and officers finally rammed the vehicle at NE 163rd and Ashworth Ave N, ending the pursuit. The driver fled on foot, but police took the passenger, a 46-year-old Seattle man, into custody.
Police determined that these two men were connected with the series of takeover robberies and arrested a 34-year-old man, the driver, in Edmonds later that day.
According to the King County Sheriff’s office, the men are responsible for at least five different holdups at three casinos, a bank, and a check cashing store, mostly along Route 99.
Authorities say both men entered the businesses—in Lynwood, Shoreline, Snohomish County, Renton and SeaTac—wearing masks and gloves and wielding shotguns and handguns. The men then held staff at gunpoint while they robbed them.
According to a release from the King County Sheriff’s office, “takeover-style robberies are considered especially dangerous to victims, witnesses, and bystanders.”
Update: the PI.Com has uploaded video of one of the robberies.