Redmond Couple Robbed at Gunpoint Early Saturday Morning

Police are looking for two black male suspects in their 30s who wore dark clothing.

Editor's note: The following is a news release from the Redmond Police Department.

A Redmond couple was robbed at gunpoint early this morning after parking their vehicle in the 2500 block of 173rd Place NE in Redmond.

The couple was immediately approached about 1:30 a.m. by two suspects armed with handguns. 

The victims were held at gunpoint and robbed of cash, jewelry and personal items.  One victim sustained minor injuries that did not require medical attention. 

The suspects got into a two-tone older model vehicle, possibly a truck with a canopy or SUV, and fled westbound on Northeast 24th Street. 

The two suspects are described as (see attached sketches) a black male in his 30s with a thin build about about 6-feet tall wearing a black shirt and black pants; and a black male about 35 years old with a thin build, 6-foot, 2-inches tall wearing dark clothing. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.    

Mark Skattum October 07, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It wasn't all that long ago, news like this was something seen on TV and definitely nowhere near Redmond. Regardless of race, age or whatever, this is something that cannot be tolerated and must be severely punished when caught, so as not to send a weak message about doing crap in Redmond. Once a little toe gets on the door, all hell will break loose. Peace!
Edward A. October 07, 2012 at 07:34 AM
This paragraph strikes me as gratuitous. Were you afraid that, if they catch the perpetrators, they will go easy on them, and you wanted to make sure they really threw the book at them? According to the statistics, crime in Redmond is lower than it was in 1985 by almost all measures. Source: http://www.redmond.gov/common/pages/UserFile.aspx?fileId=77145 Frankly, I suspect you are actually upset because African American criminals have been spotted in your previously pristine community.
Mark Skattum October 07, 2012 at 01:57 PM
My statement itself, makes your assumption moot. It states, "Regardless of race...." The concerning point at this juncture would be that, given the ethnic diversity both welcomed and desired, a growing city developes along with these peoples, comes individuals who would start an argument when none was intimated, needed or proferred. Try not to start a bunch of totally unwarranted racial profiling and unease.
Kirkland Tony October 07, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Edward, what do you base your suspicion on? Are you one of those who accuse anyone who didn't vote for Obama of racism also? From your other posts, I see you are pretty far left-wing, but does that include trying to turn anything you don't like into a labellable offense?
Woody Woodinville October 07, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Mark, I wish we could severely punish............but we live in Washington not Texas. Held at GUN point is a serious matter..you live or you die. Most people are held hostage by are criminal laws in this country...if we fight back we are the bad guys !
Mark Skattum October 07, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Don't misunderstand what I'm suggesting. By no means am I advocating corporal punishment or archaic law, like some of the Southern states (Texas). What I mean by punishment, is taking the standard sentencing guidelines and extend the amount of time for crimes committed within certain areas. IE school zones, malls, public parks etc.....It is a fairly rare that these type crimes occur in our community. And maybe if it's known that this place will keep you in cog nito longer, a few less of these crimes would begin to happen. But, then again I'm a dreamer. Must be my age and being tired of the way people have the ease to dislike (hate) and create problems for (rob) other people.Peace!
RLH October 07, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Sad that the race card always has to be played...whether black,white,plaid,or otherwise a crime committed with a gun is a serious crime and should be treated as such. Simple!!
Alice Pennington October 07, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Jeez. I hope a racist like you Edward A. Does not live in our community
Edward A. October 07, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I didn't assume you were being racist. I just think your wording is suspicious. "...this is something that cannot be tolerated and must be severely punished when caught..." Why this particular crime? What makes this one different? "Once a little toe gets on the door, all hell will break loose." There has been crime, and violent crime, in Redmond for decades, and it is no higher today than it ever was. In fact, it is lower. You may or may not be a racist, but just saying, "Regardless of race" doesn't mean you aren't. If we believed every person who said they weren't racist, we'd have to conclude there is no racism in the world, because nobody actually says, "I am a racist." Well, not around here anyway.
Edward A. October 07, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Nope, I don't think everyone who doesn't support Obama is racist, but I definitely think some of them are. Surely you agree?
RedmondPM October 07, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Agreed... comments from Edward A have no bearing on this issue. I do agree with Mark Skattum - 100%... Redmond (and Kirkland) have gotten way to liberal with this kind of crime over the last decade and both towns appear to now be paying for it with increased violent or potentially violent crime, i.e.; bank robberies, home invasions/robberies, gunpoint robberies in the street. Not looking good for homeowners, business-owners, or property values.
Kirkland Tony October 07, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Actually, I disagree with your intent - you have it upside-down. And the evidence, Edward, supports me, not you. Obama received 95% of the black vote. No previous presidential candidate had gotten anywhere near that ratio of a single race. Meanwhile, more white voters voted for Obama than for, e.g., Dukakis. So the facts call you a race-baiter. What say you?
Edward A. October 07, 2012 at 11:57 PM
All I said was that some people won't vote for Barack Obama because they are racists. I don't see how you can disagree with that. http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/racist-don-t-nig-anti-obama-bumper-sticker-162917634.html http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/richard-cebull-montana_n_1941243.html http://gothamist.com/2008/06/13/racist_antiobama_slogan_appears_on.php
Kirkland Tony October 08, 2012 at 12:19 AM
The point is that far more blacks were obviously racist when, as a block, they voted 95% for Barack. If you're going to pull the race card, at least be honest about it.
Mark Skattum October 08, 2012 at 05:26 AM
The absolute sadness of some people's need for attention. It wouldn't make any difference what the subject matter is on any given day. There are those like Eddy A that see a comment section and have mental orgasms. There lies a forum for his racist agendas. See above comments and it's almost 50/50 for the time spent on the actual subject and Eddies vomit. But, if it keeps your racist butt here and not promoting your crud on the street, cool beans mister way back machine. Sadly for him, most Patch readers are a little more aware of their communities needs than the Stranger readers. Which is probably a good place for Eddy to advert for some common sense and self worth. MORE TIME FOR CRIME ON THE EASTSIDE
Edward A. October 08, 2012 at 07:12 AM
The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks.
Myra Gozali October 08, 2012 at 12:05 PM
All humans are capable of doing evils, regardless of race. The individuals who committed the crime are the problems, nothing else.
Kim smith October 08, 2012 at 04:11 PM
It seems that robbers/criminals go to cettain areas and look for certain people is that profiling if it is then could this robbery then be a hate crime....
marc smith October 08, 2012 at 08:40 PM
It all started with the bums on the offramps once the bums get a foot hold its a signal to all the other criminals that the area is ripe for the picking and guess what it will get much worse. These are crimes agenst citizens now! Most of the violent crimes of the past where mostly gang on gang violence. ( O Redmond had gangs?!?! O yes from about 1990-1999 how many people where stabbed, shot or robbed in grass lawn park alone from 1990-1999?) or addict on addict we are now seeing more criminal vs. working class crimes. WELCOME TO THE EAST SIDE.
Mark Skattum October 08, 2012 at 11:00 PM
This is so like the settling of the west. Each time a settler would homestead, he saw nothing but his own accomplishments. As soon as the next settler saw his bounties, BOOM! Up springs a neighborhood. The original guy moves further away and repeats his workings. He just forgot to hide them. BOOM! Another neighborhood! Another trip west for No. 1...and so on and so on. Each time the move brought with it the problems of urban blight. Soon though the west got small and the trees suffered the wrath of the eminant domain. What we have here is nothing more than a growing up of the East Side to bygone Seattle days of the "You got some and I need some, so gimme or else!" Too funny! If when I was a teen in Lake Hills and the only crime was a domestic issue and I would've dreamed of this happening, I would've invested better and the result would be that I would have my accountant be doing these blogs for me. Peace!
JasonW October 09, 2012 at 02:55 PM
WTF? Gern- that is the most racist statement I have EVER read in a comment section! And white folks who live in your communities NEVER kill, rape, rob, or commit other violent crimes? Dude, that's why people like EddyA say what they say. Because they know people like you exist. Further, why do white folks drag Obama into a conversation that has nothing to do with politics? Some white folks have lost their minds because the president is black, as evidenced by these racist political slogans like "Taking Back America" (from who exactly did you lose America to?). Look, the events that happened in Redmond are a sad commentary on the state of our economy and the declining lack of opportunity for millions of people in this country. They are also a sign that we need to be more viligant in our efforts to police our own communities with neighborhood watches and working with the police to root out crime in all of our communities, not just Redmond. I would agree that I hope these idiots are caught. They are dangerous and bold. I for one am grateful that those people were not murdered over little or nothing. That said, stay on topic people. Maybe if we work together we can be a little more constructive on these thread lines.
Caitlin Moran October 09, 2012 at 03:26 PM
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GernBlandman October 09, 2012 at 07:01 PM
In other words, frank discussion where people honestly communicate their concerns or beliefs is not allowed. How weak, gutless, and pathetic. Political correctness destroys free speech, especially when one group gets to label something as 'hate speech' or 'bigotry' as grounds for censorship. This means that people resort to not saying what they actually believe in order for others to read between the lines and maybe get the message while escaping the censor's wrath. It's a slippery slope that can go either way. It is ALWAYS BEST to permit complete openness in public discourse, no matter who it 'upsets'.
GernBlandman October 09, 2012 at 07:53 PM
To put things more succinctly, free speech means having the RIGHT to offend. We should all have the right to say what we think openly and freely--and suffer whatever counter opinions the community may throw back at the speaker, but we should all have the RIGHT to say what is on our mind even if it offends others. And I'm not being academic here. I mean what I say. In some countries you can be killed for offending 'religion'. You can be killed for saying that your daughter should have the right to an education. You can be killed for drawing a cartoon that others find 'offensive'. Open discourse and the free exchange of ideas should always be permitted in the United States, even if someone else--or perhaps even whole 'communities', takes offense at what you have to say. Now, stop worrying about my open expression of illegal opinions. What I said can no longer be factually debated because the actual text of my banned thought has been removed by the censor.
Ron Olson October 09, 2012 at 08:08 PM
You want free speech? Get your own website.
Jason F. October 09, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Well said Mark. What is this, Lakewood?!
Jason F. October 09, 2012 at 08:49 PM
The only racist person here is Edward A. and to set the record straight, there are statistics that point to certain racial groups that commit higher than average violent crimes. I thought Mark was being very respectful by ruling out such glaring obvious facts. Pristine community? 90% of Redmond is Indian people (thank you Microsoft)...probably the worst city to pick on for diversity. Medina might be a more wealthy white community....Redmond....not so much.
CT October 10, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Its true that certain communities do more crimes, there is nothing in stating that. Its the criminals that should be scared, we need not shy away from them. Most of the apts. in 148th ave seems to have people from India or other neighboring countries, so there is no racism here, although I don't like them. Its advisable not to stay out too late - Iam not surprised two burly thieves, black, just approached them with guns. What if they ahd been shot? Lucky that didnt happen.Safety first is most important - thats why we choose to live in safer neighborhoods in Redmond.
White Lotus October 11, 2012 at 05:43 AM
Surprised this happened so close to MSFT. This is a pretty safe area, although people should always be aware of their surroundings late at night. 1:30 is very late for a couple here in Pacific NW. I wonder if they even saw the two men before getting out of car. Maybe not. They were likely from out of town. Area is pretty affluent, these 2 sound desperate.
Mark Skattum October 11, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Freedom of speech? Not really or maybe not consistently. Same as how to avoid being robbed in Redmond or anywhere else. Just don't put yourself in situations that require uber-awareness and stealth. Same with your comments. If you don't want to be rebuked then don't say or do the negatives to the common good or accepted as such. If you don't want to be robbed, stay away from situations that are likely to put yourself in a bad situation. IE late nite strolls away from businesses or other people. Stay away fromn the neighborhoods that are the troublesome ones. It's not a part of the community 'yet', but very soon the Eastside will have to put up the 'Projects'. Massive housing units for the underachievers and the poor. It's not racist to see that urban blight has all colors of criminals. The reality and the sad is that when crimes are committed by black people, they are put out as a bigger than life type of act, for the sale of newspapers and ad spots on local TV. As a liberal white boy from Lake Hills in the 60s, most crimes are apalling anyway. The newly (last40years) advancement of color driven media coverage on the Eastside, is just extremely ugly and a very sad commentary of how the American mind NEEDS to see that bit of racism. It is something we didn't have as 60s suburbanites and is the car wreck we all have to crane our necks to see. Rude racism is part of the package. Get used to their bonehead ways, or move!


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