Masked man robs Lovers at gunpoint

September 25, 2012

By Warren Kagarise

Issaquah police responded to a wham-bam robbery at Lovers, a local outpost in a chain of adult novelty stores, after a masked man stole cash from the business at gunpoint.

Officers responded to the store in the 5600 block of East Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast at 11:28 a.m. Sept. 20. Police searched the area, but could not locate the thief.

Police said the man approached a store employee moments earlier, brandished a gun and demanded money.

Investigators described the suspect as a Hispanic man in his mid-30s, about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and with a medium build. Police said he wore a red coat with a hood, dark pants, a dark-colored baseball cap and sunglasses. The suspect used a mask of red fabric to conceal the lower portion of his face.

What to know

People with information about the Sept. 20 armed robbery at Lovers should contact Detective Sgt. Kevin Nash at the Issaquah Police Department at 837-3200.

Detective Sgt. Kevin Nash said the suspect did not steal any merchandise from Lovers.

The armed robbery at Lovers echoes a similar incident from July 2009. In the earlier hold-up, a gun-toting man demanded cash and then fled across the parking lot.

Investigators said he later robbed a tanning salon along Northwest Gilman Boulevard and other adult novelty stores and tanning salons in King and Snohomish counties.

The suspect’s mother later tipped off police after seeing a TV news segment about the tanning salon robberies. Police in Snohomish County later arrested the suspect in Everett.

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