Redmond police officers on the scene after taking three robbery suspects into custody on State Route 520 this afternoon. Courtesy of the Redmond Police Department

Redmond police have three robbery suspects in custody

Redmond police currently have three robbery suspects in custody after officers tracked down the trio’s vehicle following a reported shoplifting in the 17900 block of Redmond Way this afternoon.

At 2:25 p.m., at least four Redmond Police Department (RPD) units participated in the high-risk stop — since the suspects were reportedly carrying a weapon — on State Route 520 westbound at the end of the Northeast 40th Street ramp, according to James Perry, RPD’s acting public information officer. Perry added that RPD has cleared the scene on westbound 520 and the roadway is open. RPD shut down a couple lanes in the area while the incident took place.

There were no collisions or problems during the stop, which took place after one officer matched the description of the suspects’ vehicle driving by on 520 and notified other officers. There was no pursuit as officers drove up behind the suspects’ vehicle and pulled it over, Perry said.

No injuries were reported during the shoplift and stop.

Two of the suspects were females in their early 20s and the other one has yet to be described, Perry said.

RPD received the shoplifting call at 2:17 p.m.

“It was reported that when this was going on, one of the suspects had a conversation with a store employee and a weapon was implied,” Perry said.

Two of the suspects were inside the store while the third suspect waited in a vehicle outside. After the suspects took merchandise, they went outside and got into the vehicle, which drove away.

Officers transported the suspects to the RPD and an investigation is forthcoming as to what charges will be brought up, Perry said.

The suspects’ car has been towed and impounded as evidence, pending a search warrant for a possible weapon, Perry added.