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Redmond gunpoint robbery linked with string of holdups
A robbery that occurred in Redmond on Oct. 6 is reported to be part of a string of five gang-related gunpoint holdups where victims were followed home after frequenting the Great American Casino in Tukwila and the Roman Casino in South Seattle, according to KIRO 7.
KIRO 7 notes that one victim was robbed of $2,000 cash and a cell phone; another victim was robbed of $800. Victims live in Seattle, Redmond and Puyallup, where some of them were pistol-whipped near their homes.
Redmond Police Department spokesman Jim Bove told the Reporter the new information came to light about a month after they filed a search warrant with the King County Prosecutors Office following the Redmond robbery. Police wanted to obtain cell-phone-usage information from people who were suspected of committing the crime.
"Right now, we do not have any suspect names, only sketches. At the time we sent the (press) release, ours was the only case we knew of," Bove said.
On Oct. 6, a Redmond couple was robbed at gunpoint at approximately 1:30 a.m., according to Redmond Police Department officer Julie Beard. The couple parked their vehicle in the 2500 block of 173rd Place Northeast in Redmond and were immediately approached by two suspects armed with handguns.
The victims were held at gunpoint and robbed of cash, jewelry and personal items. One victim sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention. The suspects got into a two-tone older model vehicle, possibly a truck with a canopy or SUV, and fled westbound on Northeast 24th Street.
One suspect is described as a black male in his 30s, about 5-foot-11 to 6-foot, thin build and wearing a black shirt and black pants.
The other suspect is described as a black male, about 35 years old, 6-foot-2, thin build and wearing dark clothing.
Bove added that if people believe they are ever being followed to call 911 immediately, "try not to go back to their home but rather to a well-lit area." If there are other victims who have not reported similar instances, the Redmond Police Department asks that they call the agency where the incident occurred. Anyone with information on the Redmond suspects can call the police tip line at (425) 556-2581, submit a tip online: www.redmond.gov/crimetips or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.