Prosecutors still reviewing AMPM robbery

Clerk grabs gun, wrestles 18-year-old suspect to ground
By Nicholas Johnson | Apr 26, 2017

Prosecutors are still deciding whether to charge a Mukilteo teenager who reportedly robbed a convenience store in Harbour Pointe in the early morning hours of April 12.

Police responded to an armed robbery in progress at 2:05 a.m. at the Arco AMPM at 3825 Harbour Pointe Blvd. SW in Mukilteo.

The 18-year-old suspect allegedly entered the store and pointed a black, long-barreled revolver at the store’s clerk. The gun was later determined to be a pellet gun.

The suspect commanded the clerk to open the cash drawer, from which he took some $300 in cash, stashing it in a pillowcase. When he demanded that the clerk open a second cash drawer, the clerk noticed the suspect had put the gun under his arm, prompting the clerk to attack.

The suspect “was being careless with the handgun, putting it under his arm with the barrel pointing backwards,” Cpl. Joe Bredstrand wrote in his report.

The employee then “attacked and took the gun from him,” Bredstrand wrote.

When the suspect tried to escape, the clerk and a friend fought him through the store and toward the front door, ending up in the parking lot where they took him to the ground and held him until police arrived.

Upon investigation, police determined the suspect’s gun and glove matched those of a suspect in the previous night’s robbery of the Mukilteo Shell station at 10900 Mukilteo Speedway.

The suspect was arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of two counts of first-degree robbery. He was later released on $100,000 bond.

According to court documents, the suspect also made suicidal comments to police.

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