By Eric Stevick Herald Writer
EVERETT — An Everett man is behind bars for investigation of robbing two local gas stations twice each.
Friends and relatives identified him in surveillance footage police provided to media outlets, Everett police Lt. Robert Goetz said.
The suspect, 23, surrendered to Everett detectives Thursday evening after several family members and friends recognized him through video posted on web pages, including HeraldNet.
“After turning himself in, the suspect provided a full confession,” Goetz said.
The man is accused of robbing two Shell gas station convenience stores on four separate occasions between Jan. 19 and Feb. 19. All of the robberies occurred late at night or early in the morning. In each case, the robber wore a sweatshirt hood over his head and had a dark bandana or scarf over his face.
The stores had cameras that had “very clear audio of the suspect as he demanded money,” according to court papers.
Everett police released a press release and video from one of the robberies to area news agencies.
Tips started pouring in.
Six people identified the same suspect.
“All are intimately familiar with (the suspect) and all immediately recognized the pictures that were broadcast as part of the press release on the Everett Herald web site,” court papers said.
A relative confronted him and he eventually agreed to turn himself in, court papers said.
He allegedly told detectives that he was the one who entered the store in three robberies and that he was the getaway driver for a fourth holdup.
He said another man committed the fourth robbery because he had a sprained ankle, court papers said.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, email@example.com