Police are asking for help identifying an armed robber who fired shots during a holdup Thursday night near Center Road in Everett. (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

Police are asking for help identifying an armed robber who fired shots during a holdup Thursday night near Center Road in Everett. (Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office)

Alleged robber fires gun, steals a beer at Everett minimart

EVERETT — A customer at an Everett-area minimart confronted an armed robber Thursday night, according to police.

The unidentified suspect fired multiple shots, but no one was injured. The 911 call was reported about 8:30 p.m. at 11801 Hwy. 99, near Center Road.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office on Friday released surveillance video and images of the incident through its Facebook page.

The video shows the customer look over at a man wearing a balaclava. The store’s clerk had asked the suspect to remove the covering from his face, sheriff’s spokeswoman Shari Ireton said.

Moments later, the robber pulled a gun and the customer moved toward him. There was a brief scuffle before the customer raised his hands in the air as the gun is pointed at him. They appeared to talk briefly before the robber fled, taking a stolen beer with him.

The robber reportedly fired the gun at the clerk at some point during the confrontation, Ireton said. Witnesses near the parking lot said he fired several more shots in the air after getting outside.

The customer told Seattle TV news reporters that he is a military veteran who served overseas.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned black man. He briefly showed his face on camera. Police are looking into other recent robberies and assaults in the area in case of possible connections, Ireton said.

Detectives also are hoping to talk to a woman who was in the store around the time of the robbery. She is considered a witness and not a suspect. She drove a red car. She wore ripped jeans, boots and a light-brown poncho with fringe.

Anyone who may recognize the woman or the man or anyone who was in the area that night is asked to call detectives at 425-388-3845. Tips can be anonymous.

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

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