Seattle Police Arrests 15-Year-Old Wanted in Deadly Tacoma Pot Shop Robbery; 2 suspects absconding

One of two juvenile suspects wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of an employee at a Tacoma marijuana store in March was arrested by Seattle police in Kent on Monday, less than a week after he and two of his accomplices allegedly But looted. A robbery at a jewelry store in West Seattle, according to Seattle Police.

The 15-year-old boy was arrested by robbery detectives outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, Sgt. Randy Husserik. He was handed over to Tacoma Police and booked into the Ramon Hall Juvenile Detention Center, according to Tacoma Police spokesman Husserik and Officer Wendy Haddo.

On March 24, Pierce County prosecutors charged a 15-year-old boy and Montreal Hatfield, 16, with first-degree murder in connection with the March 19 fatal shooting of Jordan Brown, 29, an armed robbery in the World of Weed on the East. Put it. Portland Avenue in Tacoma, court records show. The identity of the third accused, who was searched during the robbery, is yet to be identified.

Hatfield remains at large. According to Pierce County prosecutors, he is described as a black male, 5ft-5, 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes, and a prosthetic right leg, which causes him to walk with a limp. . Crime stoppers are asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS or 911 for anyone with information about his whereabouts.

The three are suspected of committing at least 10 armed robberies in Pierce and King counties in recent months, according to charges filed in the Tacoma murder case.

Casey McNearthney said the 15-year-old and Hatfield were charged in King County Juvenile Court in February in connection with an armed robbery at a Federal Way pawn shop, but were released from custody and electronically over prosecutors’ objections. Was placed on home monitoring. Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s spokesman. McNerthney said the two disconnected their surveillance equipment on March 16 and warrants were issued for their arrest.

Greeley Tribune usually does not name juvenile defendants unless they have been charged as adults.

Under state law, 16- and 17-year-olds can automatically be charged as adults for serious violent crimes such as first-degree murder and first-degree rape. For juveniles under the age of 16, prosecutors may request what is known as a denial hearing and a judge ultimately decides whether to place the case in juvenile court or deny juvenile jurisdiction and decide the case. Transfer to adult court.

It was not immediately clear Monday whether Pierce County prosecutors requested a decline in the 15-year-old’s trial in the murder case.

In 2018, first-degree robbery was among a handful of crimes known as auto-decline offenses and removed from the list of expanded juvenile jurisdictions for those specific offenses aged 21 to 25 Was.

Two boys are suspects in the February 22 robbery of Elite Pon, located on the 29100 block of Pacific Highway South in Federal Way. According to charges filed in King County Juvenile Court, the owner called 911 just before 3:30 p.m. to report the progress of the robbery.

Federal Way Police arrived and learned that three male suspects had just boarded a vehicle, the charges say. From witnesses’ statements and video footage, detectives determined that three armed suspects entered the store and ordered employees and customers to go to the floor. One of the suspects forced the manager of the store to take it to the safe, where the manager put $20,000 in cash and jewelry into a bag provided by the suspect, the charges say.

Meanwhile, the suspect, later identified as a 15-year-old, fired a round into a wall and forced an employee to evacuate, placing $10,000 in a plastic bag provided by the teen. Called charging paper.

As the three suspects fled, a customer pointed a gun at the fleeing vehicle, which collided with another car, but continued north on Pacific Highway South. Police found the abandoned car at a Park and Ride a mile away and witnesses told officers that the suspects had fled to a nearby apartment complex, the charges say.

The charges said Hatfield and the 15-year-old were arrested and that police recovered $24,000 in cash and 98 pieces of jewelry. The third accused escaped from capture.

In his first court appearance on February 24, Chief Juvenile Justice Avril Rothrock ordered the release of Hatfield and the 15-year-old on electronic home detention, court records show.

Pierce County charges say that just after 10 p.m. on March 19, Tacoma police responded to a report of an armed robbery and shooting at World of Weed, where they found an employee with a gunshot wound to the neck. found unresponsive. He died at the scene.

Based on witnesses’ statements and video surveillance footage, the police learned that two suspects had barged into the shop, ordered everyone to be taken to the floor and provided plastic bags to the employees, the allegations say.

One of the men, later identified as Hatfield, fired a warning shot at the ceiling and got into a fight with an employee, battling with him on the floor, the charges say. At the time, the second suspect – later identified as a 15-year-old – leaned over the counter and fired one round, hitting the employee in the throat, according to the charging paper.

The allegations say that two suspects and a third suspect, who acted as a lookout, apparently drove into a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

During the investigation, Tacoma Police detectives discovered that a string of marijuana dispensary robberies were under way in King and Pierce Counties and allegations that they all had the same modus operandi.

According to Husserik and, around 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, three armed suspects entered Bellevue Rare Coins in West Seattle Junction and ordered employees to lie on the floor. an incident report Posted to the Seattle Police Department’s online blotter. According to police, he made up to $12,000 plus a number of jewelry.

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