Man arrested after robbery at fast-food restaurant

The suspected gunman told a detective he didn’t remember what happened because he’d been drinking,

MILL CREEK — Justice apparently was swiftly served after an armed robbery late last week in the parking lot at a fast-food restaurant.

A man early Thursday told police he went through the drive-up at a restaurant in the 16300 block of Bothell-Everett Highway. Staff needed a few extra minutes to prepare his order and they asked him to pull ahead and wait in the parking lot.

The man said a white Mazda was behind him in the line. It parked nearby.

A few minutes later, his food was delivered to his car. That’s when the occupants of the Mazda gestured for him to roll down a window.

One pointed a handgun and demanded the man’s wallet. After he turned it over, the people in the Mazda sped from the lot.

About 15 hours later, a man called Mill Creek police to say that he’d been involved in a robbery. He said he drove his friend in a white Mazda to get some fast food, and while they waited for their order, decided to show his buddy a handgun. His friend took the weapon — actually a BB gun — and used it to rob a man seated in an adjacent car, he said.

The friend was tracked down in Renton, where he agreed to surrender to police. The suspected gunman told a Mill Creek police detective he really didn’t remember what happened because he’d been drinking, but when told he matched the description the victim provided “he stated he must have done it.”

The case is being handled as a first-degree robbery.

Scott North: 425-339-3431; north@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snorthnews.

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