West Seattle Crime Watch: Junction 7-11 store robbery

Thanks to the person who called to say they had heard about this from an employee at the Junction 7-11 (California/Erskine). We have since obtained some information from police: They confirm the store was held up about 1:30 am Saturday. The robber was described “as a white male about 25 years of age, wearing a dark blue or black puffy coat, and had a red scarf wrapped around his face.” He showed the clerk a handgun. Police called in a K-9 to help search but they didn’t find the robber. Checking Tweets by Beat, that’s the only robbery call in the Southwest Precinct coverage area, West Seattle and South Park, so far this weekend. (Side note: If you routinely check the tweets and haven’t noticed this, each confirmed incident generates two tweets – the second one, when a report is filed, so the time will be different. The first tweet describes what was reported – so the second one might classify the incident differently, depending on what’s confirmed. The telltale sign that two or more tweets are about the same case is the incident # in the tweet.)

ADDED: We finally got the written SPD report on this, so we can add a few more details. It says the clerk “initially noticed the suspect standing in front of the business near the Redbox machine. The suspect spoke briefly with a male who just exited a vehicle before entering the store. (He) noticed the male was wearing a red scarf around his face so he watched as he picked up several items from around the store. The suspect brought the three items to the register and asked for scratch tickets. Two other customers were inside the store at this time so the suspect told the (clerk) to assist them first before getting his scratch tickets. (He) assisted the customers, who then left the store. The suspect then looked outside before pulling out a large black semiautomatic handgun. The suspect stated, ‘Give me the f—-ing money,’ (so the clerk) pulled out the whole till and handed it to the suspect over the counter … (the suspect) then walked out of the store and turned westbound where he lost sight of him.”

9 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Junction 7-11 store robbery"

  • Eric January 25, 2015 (10:25 am)

    Wow, just dumbfounded at these POS.

  • Erc1 January 25, 2015 (1:30 pm)

    Meth must cloud the brain. Isn’t there a “Does not have more than $20 after dark” sign on the door? Displaying the gun just added 5 years…. Oh, wait, this is Seattle. I mean 5 slaps to the wrist.
    Seriously, I hope this guy is found and locked up before he hurts someone. The longer, the better: His brain is obviously fried.
    Hopefully the clerk wasn’t too traumatized by the robbery and is back soon.

  • sophista-tiki January 25, 2015 (2:59 pm)

    Why the meth assumption? I didn’t read any reference to meth in the story. Is that your go to reason for all crime? Im just trying to figure out the mentality here. Why not ASSume a million other reasons for being a dumbass.

    • WSB January 25, 2015 (3:07 pm)

      There are, but I have to say as the person who reads all the reports and court docs, it’s exceptionally rare to find one that doesn’t involve substance abuse as the reason they are seeking money. And mostly meth. Very, very occasionally opiates.

  • chelle January 25, 2015 (4:19 pm)

    Those poor people working there, they are so nice. Why do the convenience stores have to be open so late and clerks there by themselves? Seems uneccesary. I hope they find the person.

  • Cheetah fast dad January 25, 2015 (4:28 pm)

    Wow. I was there with my six year old son at 7:00 am to get snacks for hiking. Clerk there was very professional and I had no idea.

    So sorry to hear about this, and especially disturbing it involved a threat to a clerk given the recent spate of violent crime against clerks.

  • bjg January 26, 2015 (10:07 am)

    Was there any surveillance video? Where do these guys go? Board a bus,hop in a car, or do they just go home nearby? Once again this has happened in our neighborhood. We feel like it’s the wild, wild West here by the Junction. Don’t the gunplay one bit.

    • WSB January 26, 2015 (10:15 am)

      BJG, this is all we have and since it was the weekend, took some work to get that. If and when we get the written report, we’ll update.

  • bjg January 26, 2015 (10:48 am)

    Thanks. We know we live by logical targets for the bad guys looking for quick cash or just trouble. We aren’t just a sleepy little village now after dark. Many scary people around with many ways to run into poorly lit neighborhoods. We try to protect the property, but must sleep too. Dear Police…if someone is out in the wee hours, they’re usually not just stargazing.

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