Redmond Police Officers responded to a report at the Woodspring Suites hotel on September 25.
Once officers arrived, they discovered a female who had been robbed at gunpoint. Two men who had allegedly lured the female from out of state into the hotel under false pretenses were arrested, according to Redmond Police.
A warrant was served on the hotel room, which allowed officers to recover drugs, thousands of dollars in counterfeit cash, and a “ghost gun” that contained no serial number, stated Redmond Police.
Both of the suspects were charged with Robbery in the First Degree and Unlawful Imprisonment.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) rush filed the charges for defendants Jia Hao Tong and Chen Song Liu. Both defendants are Chinese nationals that live in California, according to KCPAO’s charging documents.
The documents state that the defendants held the victim at gunpoint in a hotel room, while demanding that the victim electronically transfer funds or that she would be shot, or threatened to be shot, if she tried to leave. The victim was able to text a friend who contacted law enforcement, according to KCPAO.
The state requests Chen’s bail be set at $300,000 based on his likelihood of failing to appear in response to a summons, or the likelihood that he may commit another violent offense.
Tong’s bail is set at $200,000 based on the likelihood of committing a violent offense. The state also requests additional conditions of release, such as surrendering their passport to the court or attorney; not leaving Washington state without permission of the court; and no contact with the victim or any case witnesses.
The defendants remain in the King County Jail under the bail amounts. The court arraignments for the pair will be held on October 12 at 8:30 a.m.