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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Local coffee stands get robbed, suspect caught


November 5, 2012

The espresso stand by Tom Thumb in the South Lake area that was robbed on Halloween. - Contributed Photo

Halloween came a little early for a Lake Stevens coffee stand this year when at approximately 10:20 a.m. a man displayed a knife and demanded money from a 26-year-old barista working at the Frontier Village Coffee stand.

The quick thinking barista instead grabbed her cell phone and immediately backed up from the window while calling 911.

That was the male suspect’s cue to run and run he did.

Lake Stevens Officers recognized the suspect’s MO, through similar robberies in Lake Stevens and surrounding jurisdictions, and were able to immediately start looking for a possible vehicle.

Soon a K-9 unit was called to the scene and had just started its track when a second 911 robbery call came in from a coffee stand near Tom Thumb in the South Lake area.

The description of the second suspect matched the earlier one.

Again, the suspect displayed a knife, however, this time he got away with an undisclosed amount of money and the barista’s cell phone.

LSPD along with Sheriff’s Deputies from the City of Snohomish soon located a green Chevy truck and performed a high-risk stop.

The driver was female and was taken into custody. The robbery suspect was hiding in the backseat of the truck, he too was taken into custody.

The suspect was positively identified by both baristas and also a third victim from Snohomish.

This arrest has led to the solving of multiple robberies occurring in Lake Stevens, Snohomish and Everett.


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