The Weekend Blotter

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee March 21, 2011

Armed Teens Bungle Pot Dispensary Heist

On March 19th, shortly after 6:00 PM, three suspects entered a licensed medical marijuana dispensary located in the 5400 Block of California Avenue SW.  Also inside the business were three employees and two customers.  The three suspects were asked by employees to leave, as they were not there to purchase anything.  At that point, the suspects pulled out handguns and proceeded to restrain everyone in the store and rob them.  The suspects then fled the store on foot.  The employees of the business were able to free themselves and gave chase.  They managed to catch two of the suspects a few blocks away.  In his haste to get away, one of the suspects dropped his handgun and some stolen items in the alley. Responding officers arrested the two suspects and then located and arrested the third suspect a short distance away.  In all, two handguns, the victim’s wallets and money and stolen marijuana were all recovered.  Robbery and CSI detectives responded to the location to process the scene.  All of the suspects were interviewed by detectives.  The 24 year old male was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.  The other suspects, ages 16 and 17, were booked into the Youth Services Center for Investigation of Robbery.  Robbery detectives will have the responsibility for the continuing investigation.

Robbers Arrested In Ballard:

On March 19th, at approximately 8:50 PM, the victim was walking on NW 70th Street approaching 16th Avenue NW.  He stated that he was approached by two suspects.  One of the suspects demanded the victim’s wallet while the other suspect stood with his hand in his waistband, indicating he had a weapon.  The victim threw his wallet at the suspects and ran.  A witness observed the victim running from the suspects and stopped to assist him.  The victim was able to call 911 and officers arrived quickly.  The victim and witness were able to positively idenitify the suspects. The suspects were arrested, and a K9 responded to conduct an evidence track, locating both the stolen wallet and a ski mask.  No weapon was ever seen or recovered.  The two suspects, ages 18 and 22, were later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.

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