Bystander stops robbery at Everett convenience store

Herald staff

EVERETT — A quick-moving bystander foiled an armed robbery attempt at an AM/PM Mini Market, Everett police Sgt. Boyd Bryant said Wednesday.

A 23-year-old man entered the AM/PM at 220 SE Everett Mall Way at about 1:30 a.m. He allegedly pointed a gun at the cashier and demanded money. The man fired the gun and was tackled by a 28-year-old customer, police said.

When police arrived, they found the customer holding the robbery suspect for them.

The 48-year-old female clerk was not hurt. The suspect was booked into Snohomish County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery and first-degree assault.

"We normally don’t encourage citizens to take on armed suspects," Bryant said.

He said the bystander showed "extraordinary courage" and commended his prompt action.

  • Business fire: Firefighters spent 1 1/2 hours Wednesday dousing a fire in a fiberglass pipe and roof of the Kimberly-Clark paper company after a cutting torch apparently started the blaze.

    The fire caused an estimated $10,000 damage. Firefighters had to peel back layers of the roof to make sure the blaze was extinguished, said Warren Burns, deputy chief and fire marshal.

    Workers had been using a cutting torch to demolish a storage tank in the area of the bleach plant in the southwest end of the Everett waterfront facility at 2600 Federal Ave., Burns said. The torch apparently ignited the fiberglass pipe, and the fire spread to the roof, he added.

    The blaze was reported about 7:25 a.m. No injuries were reported.

  • House fire: Flames damaged a house in the 1500 block of Second Street Wednesday, but no one was injured.

    Firefighters were called to a fire in a two-story, wood-frame house at 12:14 p.m. and doused the blaze within a half-hour, said Lt. Martin McFalls of the Marysville Fire Department. The residents were evacuated.

    Most of the damage was confined to the first floor, McFalls said.

    Fire investigator Lt. Jeff Thornton estimated the loss at $25,000 to the house and $10,000 to the contents. The house was insured, but the property of the renters was not, Thornton said.

    A preliminary investigation points to a space heater as the cause, Thornton said. The heater was attached to an extension cord too small to handle the load, he said.

  • Bobcat on the loose: A bobcat was on the loose Wednesday after it escaped from an exotic animals show.

    The 2-year-old, 22-pound bobcat was last seen running into the woods Sunday after its cage was dropped and broke open. The bobcat was intended to be part of an animal display at the Eastside Foursquare Church.

    The bobcat was raised in captivity and won’t attack unless provoked, said owner Dave Coleburn of Predators of the Heart.

    Coleburn said only his daughter can pick up the bobcat. He said he gets scratched and bitten if he tries to pick it up.

    Bothell residents were advised to call the state Department of Fish and Wildlife if they spot any bobcats.

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