Police: Dollar-sign tattoo led to marijuana robbery arrest

The Kent man is one of three suspects in the armed robbery of an Everett pot shop.

EVERETT — A Kent man suspected of robbing an Everett weed store at gunpoint was identified last week when a police officer recognized the man’s tattoo of a dollar sign.

Everett District Court Judge Anthony Howard set the suspect’s bail at $100,000. As of Tuesday afternoon, the man, 22, was in custody at the Snohomish County Jail.

Around 1:40 p.m. Aug. 9, the suspect and two other men allegedly entered The Joint Recreational & Medical Marijuana Dispensary at 9506 19th Ave. SE and brandished guns, according to an Everett police report. One man reportedly had a pistol and the other was armed with a rifle.

The three men — their faces obscured by masks — told everyone in the store to get on the ground, the report says.

Employees and customers reported to police that the men said something along the lines of, “You’re going to die if you don’t do as we say.”

The armed men watched the people on the floor, taking their cell phones so nobody could call 911, while the unarmed man filled bags with dispensary products, the report says. One of the armed men forced an employee into the back office and demanded he open a safe. The trio took $15,000 in cash out, before fleeing the store.

Police reviewed security footage. An officer who previously worked in King County recognized the unarmed man as a suspect he’d encountered in a past robbery investigation. The man had a dollar sign tattooed on the back of his right hand, near his thumb. The officer got a warrant to search the suspect’s phone records, and the information he found reportedly provided sufficient evidence to arrest the suspect.

The suspect was arrested Thursday in a strip mall parking lot in the 21000 block of 84th Avenue S in Kent.

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

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