The Crime Blotter: Puget Sound police warn of armed robbers targeting people at ATMs

Aug 18, 2022, 11:49 AM | Updated: Oct 19, 2022, 4:36 pm

(Fife Police Department)...

(Fife Police Department)

(Fife Police Department)

Fife Detectives have released these photos to identify the suspects pictured, associated with an armed robbery of a bank patron at gunpoint.

In the Fife robbery, the victim pulled up to an ATM at a local bank. After putting her card into the ATM and entering her PIN, the suspects rushed up to her and took over her transaction while pointing a gun at her. A third suspect waited in a nearby getaway car.

The woman was able to run away to safety. The suspects stole several hundred dollars from her account and items from her car.

According to Renton Police, several ATM armed robberies have occurred in the region. The same suspects are wanted for similar crimes in Parkland, Bonney Lake, Puyallup, Federal Way, Kent, and possibly Seattle.

If you know who they are, please contact Fife Police Detective Rackley at 253-896-8258 and reference case number 2221901478. You can also call 911 or text an anonymous tip on your cell phone through the P3 Tips App.

Crime Stoppers will have a cash reward of up to $1,000 for any tip that leads to an arrest in this case.

Shoplifting suspect threatens security with bloody needle

King County Prosecutors have charged a shoplifting suspect who threatened to stab a store security employee with a bloody syringe.

The incident happened at the QFC on 2500 SE Barton Street in Seattle. According to Seattle Police, Homas Joo put three bags of frozen shrimp in a shopping cart and walked towards the exit without paying for the frozen shrimp.

Prosecutors say Joo pulled out a bloody needle, uncapped it, pointed it towards the victim, and said, “If you come near me, I’ll stab you.”

The store security person was afraid the defendant would follow through with his threat and backed away while Joo left the store without paying.

Seattle Police arrested Joo. During a search of the defendant, officers found several used syringes on him. He is charged with second-degree assault and his bail is set at $10,000.

Kenmore Police on the lookout for Theif

Does anyone recognize this thief from a recent Kenmore case?

The man stole a pressure washer from a carport at 3 a.m. Aug. 15.

Please message Kenmore Police, or call their non-emergency line (206/296-3311) and reference case #: C22027303.

Man stabbed in Pioneer Square

Seattle Police are investigating the stabbing of a man Wednesday evening in the Pioneer Square neighborhood.

According to SPD, just after 5:00 p.m., a 911 caller reported a man had been stabbed in the 300 block of 2nd Avenue Extension South.

Officers arrived and found a victim with a stab wound to his leg. Seattle Fire Department Medics treated the 39-year-old man and transported him to Harborview Medical Center in serious condition.

Based on preliminary information gathered at the scene, officers believe the suspect and victim may have known each other, and the two had a verbal altercation before the stabbing.

Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic male wearing a construction vest over a long sleeve black shirt, jeans, and a hat. He reportedly fled the area on foot.

Missing Persons Alert for John Scranton

A Washington State Patrol Missing Persons Alert was sent out with authorities searching for 68-year-old John Scranton.

He is 5’11” tall, weighing 175 pounds, and has gray hair and brown eyes.

The last contact for Scranton was August 3 in Richland, Washington.

His vehicle, a black GMC Terrian SUV, has been recovered, but still no sign of Scranton.

If you see Scranton, call 911.

Have a tip on a crime story? Message Darren Dedo on Twitter or email him here.

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The Crime Blotter: Puget Sound police warn of armed robbers targeting people at ATMs