Can you identify this suspect in Edmonds TOP Food robbery?

Photos of the robbery suspect, courtesy of Edmonds police.

Edmonds police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a shoplifting case that turned into robbery earlier this week at the Edmonds TOP Food grocery store.

According to Edmonds Police Sgt. Don Anderson, the suspect entered the store, located in the 21900 block of Highway 99, at about 11:42 a.m. Monday and began concealing food items in his backpack. The man then began scanning a few items at the self-check register, apparently attempting to disguise his theft. He failed to complete the self-check out, leaving the food items at the register, and started to leave the store.

The store manager, who had observed the suspect attempting to shoplift items, stopped him at the front entrance. The manager asked the suspect to open his backpack and when he did so, the manager saw a handgun.  The suspect grabbed the gun with his right hand and, while keeping the gun concealed in the backpack, he ordered the manager to back off.  The suspect then ran from the store toward Highway 99.

Police searched the area with a K-9 unit and a short time later recovered a backpack with food items from TOP Food along with “a very real-looking” air pistol, Anderson said.  The suspect was last seen in the area of 216th Street Southwest and Highway 99.

Anderson also noted that the suspect entered the store with another man and woman who did not take part in the theft. They were contacted later by police and released.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20-22 years old, 5-8 to 5-10 and 160-175 lbs., with short brown hair, a nose ring and a “chin strap” beard. He also had a tattoo on the lower right hip/abdomen area.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black hoodie with a large white logo on the back and a smaller logo on the left front. The suspect, with a possible first name of Chris, may have recently been staying in a homeless camping area near the Wal-Mart at 112th Street Southwest and Highway 99 in south Everett.

Anyone who recognizes this suspect or has any information regarding this crime should contact the Edmonds Police Department Tip Line at 425-771-0212.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Uhhh, where was the “robbery” that this turned into?

  2. He took property from another person with the threatened use of force.

    RCW 9A.56.190

    A person commits robbery when he unlawfully takes personal property from the person of another or in his presence against his will by the use or threatened use of immediate force, violence, or fear of injury to that person or his property or the person or property of anyone. Such force or fear must be used to obtain or retain possession of the property, or to prevent or overcome resistance to the taking; in either of which cases the degree of force is immaterial. Such taking constitutes robbery whenever it appears that, although the taking was fully completed without the knowledge of the person from whom taken, such knowledge was prevented by the use of force or fear.

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