The story behind Edmonds police action at Romio’s Monday

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Here’s a follow-up to the story posted Monday night about police action in the parking lot next to Romio’s restaurant on Edmonds Way. According to Sgt. Mike Blackburn, the incident — in which police approached a vehicle with guns drawn — was part of an investigation into an assault and robbery that occurred a half hour earlier in the Westgate QFC parking lot at 228th Street Southwest and 100th Avenue West.

The assault and robbery involved a a 15-year-old Edmonds resident, who arranged to meet with a young adult man that had been involved in the trade and purchase of an I-Pod a week prior. After being disappointed with the quality of the device he received from the man, the victim requested to trade back for his old I-Pod, Blackburn said, and the two agreed to meet in the grocery store parking lot.

The suspect approached the victim and attacked him, striking him in the face and kicking him once he fell to the ground, Blackburn said. He then robbed the victim; taking the young man’s backpack and the I-Pod. The suspect and affiliated individuals fled the parking lot in two separate vehicles, Blackburn said. The victim, who had been accompanied to the parking lot by his mother, was transported by aid car to a local hospital for non life-threatening injuries.

” At 7:34 p.m., an Edmonds police officer conducting an area check for the suspect vehicles located one of them, and a traffic stop was conducted in the 600 block of Edmonds Way,” Blackburn said, who added that suspect leads are being developed and the police investigation is continuing.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Edmonds Police Department by calling 911 anytime or the business office at 425-771-0200 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. You can also leave tips anonymously at http://www.ci.edmonds.wa.us/pd_tip.stm.

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