UPDATE: Third Suspect arrested for Armed Robbery in Burien Tuesday night
UPDATE 2:45 p.m. 2/28/12: Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office reported via Twitter that a third suspect has been arrested in Tuesday night’s pawn shop robbery. He is a 19-year old man from South Park
PREVIOUSLY: Two suspects were in custody Tuesday evening (Feb. 28) after an armed robbery during which shots were fired at the Pawn X-Change, 15421 1st Ave. S., in Burien.
At least one other suspect escaped, according to King County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West at 9:15 p.m. A fourth suspect may also be on the loose, but that is not confirmed.
Just before 10 p.m., a SWAT team entered the pawn shop and, after determining that no suspects were inside, freed three employees who had fled to a back room and locked themselves inside.
The incident began about 6:50 p.m. when the KCSO and Burien police received a 9-1-1 call from a witness who reported at least three suspects with handguns and wearing hoodies were walking into the Pawn X-Change.
Local deputies responded and were on the scene “almost immediately,” West said. “Multiple shots were fired” from inside the store “and at least two of our officers returned fire.”
When the suspects didn’t come out of the pawn shop and a hostage situation appeared possible, police officers from multiple jurisdictions rapidly responded to the scene from at least as far away as Shoreline.
[A personal note: This reporter observed what appeared to be about 20 police cars, perhaps more, along this stretch of 1st Ave. S. at about 7:30 p.m. At least one fire truck and several ambulances were waiting nearby.]
West said that at this time no law enforcement officers have been injured and the store employees are safe. The two suspects in custody were not injured either.
The B-Town Blog will post updates as events warrant.