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.