Trash truck scoops up suspect

EVERETT — She tried to make a clean getaway.

Instead, the 13-year-old robbery suspect’s hiding place in a trash bin got turned upside down as it was emptied into a garbage truck Friday morning.

The girl came tumbling out in front of Snohomish County sheriff’s deputies, who were tracking her, and just happened to arrive as the bin was being dumped, sheriff’s spokeswoman Rebecca Hover said.

“She was hiding inside the dumpster under some garbage,” Hover said. “She was unloaded, too.”

The girl wasn’t hurt and police quickly put her in handcuffs, she said.

About 9 a.m. Friday, police believe the girl and a boy, 16, both from Everett, robbed the Pizza Hut in the 400 block of 128th Street SW, Hover said.

Two Pizza Hut employees told deputies they were held at knifepoint while the teens demanded cash, she said.

It all started when one of the employees was throwing out some garbage behind the restaurant. The boy grabbed the employee, put a knife to his throat and forced him back inside, the employee told police.

The girl allegedly grabbed a second employee and put a knife to that person’s throat, Hover said.

No one was physically injured, but the restaurant workers were shaken up, she said.

“Obviously they were very frightened, understandably so,” Hover said.

The teenagers ran off.

Deputies caught the boy after a short chase. He had cash and two knives, Hover said.

The girl got away.

Washington State Patrol troopers, police from Everett and Mill Creek, and a Monroe police dog joined sheriff’s deputies in the hunt.

The police dog led deputies to the trash bin. A garbage truck making its usual pick-up rounds was dumping the bin. Deputies watched as the girl came tumbling out, Hover said.

Both teens were booked into the Denney Juvenile Justice Center for investigation of first-degree robbery and first-degree assault.

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