Police: Man targeting Subway shops may be connected to other robberies



Police are looking for a man who robbed a sandwich shop Saturday afternoon and they believe he is connected to other robberies in the area.


Before 3 p.m., a masked man wearing a hoodie walked into a Subway located in the 18000 block of 15th Avenue Northeast and approached the cashier.


A worker, Paul Beatty, at the shop told KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Graham Johnson the robber set a pistol on the counter and demanded money.


“I was just trying to get him in and out. I wanted him out of the store as quick as possible. Get him out, he's not going to hurt us, It was more just adrenaline pretty much what it was,” Beatty said.


Beatty handed the man the cash drawer from the register, which the robber emptied before leaving.


No one was hurt during the robbery.


When officers arrived, they searched the area with a King County K9 unit, but couldn’t find the robber.


Police obtained surveillance video from the Subway and it shows the man taking the cash from the counter.


The manager of the Subway, Ben Sandstedt, reached out to the KIRO 7 Facebook page and described the robber to be in his mid 20s. 


According to police, the robbery happened less than 20 minutes after another Subway robbery in Lake Forest Park.


Police told KIRO 7 that they believe the robber has targeted Subways and Baskin Robbins in north King County and south Snohomish County over the past three weeks.


Anyone with information about the robberies or recognizes the man is urged to call police.