REDMOND, Wash. - Police want you to take a look at this sketch of the man they believe robbed a woman at gunpoint inside of Mud Bay pet store on Wednesday and took her purse.
"He pulled out a gun. She handed it right over. He fled,” Andrea Wolf-Buck, a Redmond Police Department spokeswoman, said. “So it happened very quickly, but she was uninjured, fortunately."
The victim called 911 but a K-9 officer was not able to track the suspect down. The victim and witnesses described the robber as an African-American male in his early 20s with light skin about 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches, with a lean build.
And just an hour earlier, some children reported that the driver of a car with four men inside held a black gun out the window while it drove past them.
None of the children were injured.
Police now believe the same man was involved in both incidents.
"I'm sure somebody called the police right away. [I would certainly] hope so,” Jean Black, a parent, said. “The Redmond Police station is right there so they can come here in less than one minute."
"We had several witnesses that we're able to get information from, which then, of course, helped for the sketch of the suspect,” said Wolf-Buck.
"It is a scary moment,” said William Vaughn, whose lived in Redmond for years. “I'm glad that nobody was hurt. And I'm glad I wasn't there because I might have tried to intervene and maybe I would have gotten hurt."
People who live and shop in the area told us they were surprised by the violent nature of this crime.
"I come in here and I just run in and run out,” Hunnika Rodriguez, a pet owner who shops at Mud Bay all of the time, said. “I definitely will be doing a good 360 visual every time I come in now. It makes you a little uncomfortable."
And they are hopeful someone recognizes him before he strikes again.
"[It really] kind of makes you wake up a little bit. You really got to be aware,” said Marysville resident Morgan Beaumier. “Not every little town is safe."
KIRO 7 reached out to Mud Bay to see if they’re available for an interview but they had no comment about the robbery.
If you have any information that could lead to an arrest, you're asked to call 911 or the Redmond Police Department non-emergency line at 425-556-2500.
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