Man arrested in Snohomish County likely connected to heists in Issaquah

August 11, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

A man believed to be connected to July robberies at Emerald City Sun Tanning Center and Lovers’ was arrested last week in Snohomish County. Issaquah Deputy Police Chief Steve Cozart said the man was likely involved in the Issaquah heists.

“We believe he is responsible for both the Lovers’ and Emerald City Tanning Center robberies,” Cozart said.

Everett Police arrested the 24-year-old Lake Stevens man Aug. 2. Cozart said Issaquah investigators would wrap up their cases and file charges with the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Authorities believe the man who robbed Emerald City Sun July 28 and Lovers’ adult novelty store July 24 could be connected to other tanning salon heists across King and Snohomish counties.

Everett Police arrested the man in connection with two armed robberies. The arrest occurred after a person watched a news broadcast about the robberies and provided information to law enforcement officials.

A woman went to the Marysville Police Department and identified him by name, according to a release from Everett Police.

A Marysville Police detective then contacted the Everett Police detective handling the case; they began to follow-up on the lead. A photomontage was developed and shown to the victims of the Everett robberies. Both victims identified the suspect, according to the release.

As the investigation continued Aug. 1, detectives obtained information about the suspect’s vehicle and where he was living in Everett.

The next morning, Everett Police officers began searching for the suspect’s vehicle, according to the release.

Around 6 a.m., an officer spotted the vehicle parked in the 2600 block of Grand Avenue.

The suspect was arrested around 11:40 a.m. after he left an apartment and approached the vehicle.

In addition to the Snohomish County robberies, Issaquah Police said the man was responsible for two heists.

At about 9:40 p.m. July 28, Issaquah Police responded to a call from the tanning salon, 1175 N.W. Gilman Blvd., where an employee said a man entered the business and pretended to be a customer. He then brandished a handgun and demanded cash. He ordered the employee to the back of the business, and then fled from the store.

A man robbed two employees at gunpoint at Lovers’, 5614-C E. Lake Sammamish Parkway, at about 2:30 p.m. July 24. The employees gave him an undisclosed amount of cash from their till.

Snohomish County detectives had said the man could be responsible for as many as 17 tanning salon robberies across King and Snohomish counties.

Snohomish authorities believe the crime spree started July 18, when a man robbed a Mill Creek tanning salon. A tanning salon in the 17400 block of Highway 9 in unincorporated Snohomish County was robbed July 22.

During the July 22 heist, a man walked into the salon, robbed the employee at gunpoint and left with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Reach Reporter Warren Kagarise at 392-6434, ext. 234, or wkagarise@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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