Couple attacked, robbed outside Everett Safeway

EVERETT — An older couple was robbed outside an Everett Safeway store Wednesday afternoon, and one of the victims was injured while chasing the suspect, according to police.

The husband, 69, and the wife, 70, were robbed about 1:30 p.m. outside the Safeway at 75th Street SE and Evergreen Way, Everett police officer Aaron Snell said.

They were leaving the store with their groceries when the suspect grabbed a wallet from the woman’s hand and ran, Snell said.

The man chased after the suspect for about a block and a half but then suffered a medical problem and collapsed, Snell said. The man then needed immediate medical attention and was taken to a local hospital.

His injuries weren’t believed to be life-threatening.

At one point, a passerby joined the chase and struggled with the suspect as he climbed a fence but was unable to detain the man, Snell said.

Officers called out detectives and used a police dog to search the area, Snell said. They also were collecting evidence, including a shirt believed to have been lost by the robber while he tried to get away.

They don’t believe the suspect had a weapon.

The suspect was described as white, about 5-foot-9 and in his late teens.

Anyone with information should call 911, Everett police at 425-257-8450 or Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.

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