EVERETT — A Sultan man was arrested Wednesday in connection with three armed robberies at coffee stands in Edmonds, Everett and Clearview.
The lone employee working at Midnight Cookie Company in Edmonds the night of Feb. 2 told police a dark truck pulled up and the driver started a conversation.
Then he pulled out a shotgun and pointed it at her, according to a police report.
He reportedly asked her for “everything” in the store and told her not to call the cops. Afraid he’d shoot her, she gave him $100 to $250 from the register and her iPhone 13. Surveillance video backed up her story and showed the robber wore a dark blue bandana with a white design, the police report notes.
The next day, a similar vehicle was used in the robbery of an Everett coffee stand, police say. In that case, the suspect also used a long gun.
Then on Monday, a coffee stand near Snohomish was reportedly robbed, again by a man with a shotgun. He ordered a coffee, but when the employee went to hand it to him, he pointed a shotgun at her, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
“Remain calm and give me all the money in your till,” he reportedly said.
She gave the suspect about $60 and he fled. Security footage again showed the suspect wearing a dark blue bandana with a white design, according to the police report.
A victim from the robbery posted a picture of the suspect’s vehicle, a 2019 Nissan Frontier, on social media. The operator of a construction company recognized it. He called the sheriff’s office and reportedly said it was a company vehicle.
Police showed the company’s owner pictures of the suspect and he was able to identify him “100%,” he said.
The suspect was arrested at his job site in Bellevue for investigation of two counts of first-degree robbery.
In a police interview, the Sultan man denied pointing a gun at anyone, according to court documents. He reportedly replied with something along the lines of, “She may have felt like I was pointing a gun at her.”
Shortly after, the suspect ended the interview and asked for an attorney.
He was in the Snohomish County Jail on Thursday.
The investigation remains active, according to the sheriff’s office.