Robbery suspect found in Alaska
March 26, 2013
By Peter Clark
Eleven days after fleeing the scene of a thwarted robbery attempt at an Issaquah Arco station, a female suspect was arrested in Kenai, Alaska.
Task force members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service captured the woman on March 21, according to a release from the Issaquah Police Department. Echo Kaylee Paden, 19, of Issaquah, was charged with first-degree robbery, according to charging papers from the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
After the failed robbery, Paden fled Washington state, and efforts to locate and capture her were turned over to the marshals. An arrest warrant was issued by King County Superior Court on March 15.
Local police used images caught during the robbery to enlist the public’s assistance in identifying the woman. In the release, they credited citizens with aiding with the woman’s location and arrest.
She will be booked as a “fugitive of justice” and extradited back to Washington, police said. They expect the process to take a month.
While attempting to rob the convenience store, at 1400 N.W. Sammamish Road, with what appeared to be a handgun March 10, Paden was disarmed by an employee.
She entered wearing a purple mask, holding a plastic bag, and demanded money from the on-duty clerk. He suspected that the weapon was fake and attempted to stall until police arrived. He waited until her attention was diverted and then grabbed the gun, which was actually a starter pistol, like the kind used at the beginning of races, and tossed it across the room, according to the charging papers.
Paden then reached down to remove a knife from her waistband. The clerk grabbed the knife and threw it to the ground, and then stepped on it. A struggle followed in which the clerk removed the mask and sweatshirt from Paden, who then fled on foot, the charging documents said. The clerk sustained no injuries.
“We don’t normally recommend people do that in the event of an armed robbery, but we’re just thankful that no one was hurt,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Stan Conrad said.
Police recognized Paden from previous encounters, according to the charging papers.
Marshals were able to later verify that Paden flew to Anchorage, Alaska, on March 11. Officers in Issaquah learned from her boyfriend and mother that she may have gone there to stay.
Reporter Christina Corrales-Toy contributed to this story.