CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: $150,000 bail for man suspected of 3-robbery spree

Bail is set at $150,000 for the 48-year-old man accused of robbing three businesses in three days, two of them in Morgan Junction, eerily echoing the triple robbery case that sent him to prison a decade ago. We received documents this evening from his bail hearing. Here’s what they allege:

He’s accused of starting the robbery spree on Saturday morning, when, police say, he arrived at the Capitol Hill QFC in a cab, went into the store and robbed a clerk, claiming he had a gun, then hopping back into the cab three minutes later with $1,100 in stolen money.

The robbery and getaway were caught on surveillance video; police found out the cab had then taken the robber to West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor), where he bought cigarettes and beer. He was gone by the time they arrived but store employees recalled that the man had been recognized and greeted by a customer they knew as a resident of Cal-Mor Circle across the street. Police, meantime, took images from the Thriftway surveillance camera and circulated them. A Department of Corrections community officer subsequently recognized the man as someone with whom they had dealt. Records showed the man’s last known address was his mother’s apartment at Cal-Mor Circle.

Then on Monday night, Thriftway was robbed by what surveillance video showed to be the same man; he demanded money from a clerk and got away with $320. Twelve hours later, the Washington Federal bank across Fauntleroy Way was robbed, and surveillance video showed another match.

After that, police caught up with the suspect’s mother and asked her to contact them if her son returned to the building. Later in the afternoon, she reported he had just arrived; when police got there, she and her son were waiting outside, and he was taken into custody without incident. The police report says he confessed to all three robberies and also made a point of saying he had never had a weapon and didn’t hurt anyone.

His criminal history in online records dates back almost 30 years; his most recent felony convictions were for another three-business-robbery spree in West Seattle and Capitol Hill, in May 2005 – at the former Video Vault store in Morgan Junction, at the Staples store in Westwood Village, and at a Safeway on Capitol Hill. Court documents from that case also show a cab used as a getaway car. He already had an “extensive criminal history,” as prosecutors described it, when sentenced to 11 1/2 years in prison for those holdups.

6 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: $150,000 bail for man suspected of 3-robbery spree"

  • Joe Dirt August 5, 2016 (12:25 am)

    Someone said the other day to check the building to the north (Cal – Mor) sadly they were right.

  • Double Dub Resident August 5, 2016 (7:02 am)

    Yep,  and someone else scolded them for suggesting those apartments.  

    I don’t understand some people’s mentality.  This idea of quick “easy” cash shows an immature level of cognitive thinking.  This guy did the very same thing and got caught and yet thinks it’s a good idea to try it again.  Self centered entitlement mentality that I have no compasion for 

  • Chris August 5, 2016 (7:25 am)

     By the sounds of it it seems like he wanted to be arrested and wants to be in jail 

  • Alki Resident August 5, 2016 (8:28 am)

    Joe Dirt- It was me who had a deep intuition that they came from the circle. They had to be local in my mind, so much police activity happens there so there you go.

    Double Dub- Ive come to a stage in life where being called out doesnt bother me because in the end Im probably right. It helps to be a great observer, and raised all your life here to kinda figure out where trouble spots are.

  • Kev August 5, 2016 (7:55 pm)

    …………..Or someone who has mental health problems and no avenues to get the help the he needs

  • High Point August 6, 2016 (9:48 am)

    He had help available to him in prison and being on parole outside of prison. His mother has obviously figured out the system. Maybe he, like many others we see, didn’t want help. 

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