Arlington police look for knife-wielding robber

VIDEO: Arlington police look for knife-wielding robber

ARLINGTON, Wash. — Arlington police need the public’s help in identifying a violent criminal who has robbed three different shops in the last week, all at knife point.

In the past week-and-a-half following businesses have been robbed:

July 19th:  Shell gas station in the 3300 block of 172nd St NE

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July 20th:  Smokey Point Motor Inn in the 17300 block of Smokey Point Drive

July 23rd: Little Cesar’s Pizza in the 17300 block of Smokey Point Blvd

In each instance, police said the suspect threatened to stab and slash workers if they didn’t follow his orders.

“It was straight out of a movie, he’s throwing a knife around.  He’s watching too many action movies,” said Trenton Washer, manager of the robbed Little Caesar’s Pizza store.

So far, nobody's been hurt.

Going forward, though,  Arlington police are worried that’ll change.

“If one of the clerks or the tellers decides that they’ve had enough, they don’t want to deal with it, it could be really, really serious injury or death to them,” said Sgt. Peter Barrett, Arlington Police.

According to officers, the suspect is described as 5′4″-5′6″ in height, and approximately 120-125lbs in weight, and wearing dark framed glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Arlington Police Detective S. Ambrose at (360) 403-3400, reference APD Case Number 2020-1393, 2020-14003, and 2020-14239.

WARNING: The video below contains graphic content.

**WARNING** The attached video contains violent content. Viewer discretion is advised** Arlington Police seeks assistance in identifying a suspect regarding three recent robberies. On 07/23/2020, at approximately 7:37 PM, a male subject entered Little Cesar’s Pizza located in the 17300 block of Smokey Point Blvd. The male was armed with a knife. The male displayed the knife to several employees and demanded money. The male fled the scene after taking money from the cash register. The employees identified the male as approximately 5’5” in height, and weighing 150 lbs. The suspect was wearing a dark baseball hat with a hoodie over the top, sunglasses, a camouflage face mask, dark coat, black gloves, and had what appeared to be a red drawstring backpack. Detectives believe that this robbery is related to the previous two robberies that occurred on 07/19/2020 and 07/20/2020. On 07/20/2020 at approximately 10:34 PM, a male subject entered the Smokey Point Motor Inn located in the 17300 block of Smokey Point Drive. This location is approximately one block north of the first robbery. The male subject entered the office armed with a knife and demanded money from the clerk. The male subject was wearing similar clothing to the robbery on 07/19/2020. On 07/19/2020 at approximately 7:50 PM, a male subject entered the Shell gas station located in the 3300 block of 172nd St NE. The male subject was armed with a knife and threatened to kill the female cashier. The male subject demanded money while holding the knife to the victim’s throat. The male subject stole cash from the till and then fled the scene on foot carrying a long board skateboard. The male subject was described as 5’4”-5’6” in height, and approximately 120-125lbs in weight, and wearing dark framed glasses. Do you recognize this subject? If you have any information regarding these crimes, please contact Arlington Police Detective S. Ambrose, reference APD Case Number 2020-1393, 2020-14003, and 2020-14239. Detective S. Ambrose sambrose@arlingtonwa.gov (360) 403-3400 (425) 407-3999 After Hours Non-Emergency Line

Posted by Arlington, WA Police Department on Friday, July 24, 2020