This crash in Seattle resulted from a chase that started in Snohomish County after the robbery of a marijuana retail store Thursday night. (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

This crash in Seattle resulted from a chase that started in Snohomish County after the robbery of a marijuana retail store Thursday night. (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

1 arrested, 1 at large after armed robbery at Lynnwood pot shop

The suspect, 24, eluded police until a patrol car crashed into the Honda he was drivng, forcing it off the road.

LYNNWOOD — Two men robbed a Lynnwood-area marijuana shop at gunpoint Thursday night.

One suspect was arrested following a police pursuit that ended in a crash at Seattle city limits.

Around 9 p.m., two men walked into the marijuana store in the 15800 block of Highway 99, according to a news release from the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

The men reportedly brandished pistols and ordered everybody to get on the ground, one witness told police.

One of the robbers led a store employee back to the safe and ordered him to open it, according to a police report. The man pointed a green laser at him and pointed a pistol at his head, the employee told police. The worker told the man he couldn’t open the safe. One of the gunmen reportedly fired a single shot into the wall and left.

Sheriff’s deputies reviewed security footage provided by the store owner. It showed a “mid-90’s silverish teal Honda Civic 4 door” pull into the store parking lot shortly after 9 p.m., a deputy wrote. Two men got out of the car, walked into the store and quickly drew pistols.

Dispatchers informed deputies that Bothell police responded to a similar robbery with similar suspects around 10:30 p.m., police wrote.

And there had been a report of a car matching the same description driving slowly through the parking lot of another marijuana store in the 21100 block of Highway 9.

Police spotted the Honda. The driver fled southwest on Highway 522, toward Seattle.

Deputies used a “PIT maneuver” to stop the Honda. A sheriff’s deputy patrol car forced the Honda to spin out in the 3200 block of NE 145th Street.

The driver, 24, was transported to Swedish Hospital Mill Creek. He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail early Friday for investigation of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery, attempting to elude law enforcement and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Meanwhile, the other suspect remained at large.

Ellen Dennis: 425-339-3486; edennis@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @reporterellen

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