An Oct. 6 gunpoint robbery in Redmond has been linked to four other Puget Sound-area robberies that took place after the victims were followed from casinos in Tukwila and South Seattle, KIRO 7 is reporting.
According to the KIRO story, a group of five men believed to have ties to a Seattle gang targeted gamblers and casino workers at two casinos during the first week of October. In each incident, the victims were followed to their homes in Redmond, Puyallup and Seattle, where they were robbed at gunpoint.
Redmond Police spokesman Jim Bove confirmed the Redmond case is the same robbery that was reported on Oct. 6. In that incident, the victims were held at gunpoint and robbed of cash, jewelry and personal items after parking their vehicle in the 2500 block of 173rd Place NE.
Bove said Tuesday that police have not yet made any arrests or located any suspects in the case. Anyone who believes he or she might have been a victim of a related case should report the incident to the agency where the robbery took place, he said.
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 encouraged to call the RPD tipline at 425-556-2581 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit a tip online here: www.redmond.gov/crimetips.
In the meantime, police are reminding people to call 911 immediately if they think they are being followed and to go to a well-lit place rather than their homes.