As of Aug. 10, police still had not released the name of the suspect possibly linked to up to 20 or more robberies in Snohomish and King counties, including potentially four incidents in Bothell.
The man was arrested Aug. 2 by Everett police after officials received a tip from his mother, said Everett police spokesman Sgt. Robert Goetz.
Only identified as a 24-year-old Lake Stevens man, Goetz said the suspect was still sitting in a Snohomish County jail cell, with up to eight counts lodged against him so far.
Everett police have charged him with two counts of robbery in the first degree.
Goetz said it is standard procedure for Everett officials not to release suspect names.
In Bothell, police spokesperson Capt. Denise Langford, said the man may be responsible for a string of four local robberies that took place between July 21-26.
According to Langford, the first incident involved an unidentified laser and skin care center in Canyon Park. Langford said the suspect in that case came in and asked what the clerk on duty considered odd questions. While the man was still in the business, the clerk called 911, pretending to be talking to a customer. Before police could arrive, the suspect allegedly produced a handgun and left the building with $160 in cash.
The second robbery happened July 25 at a tanning salon in the Matlby area, again according to Langford. It was unclear how much money, if any, the suspect was able to obtain.
Whether or not it was the same man, a suspect did not have much luck at all July 26, at least in Bothell, when he attempted to hold up the city’s two Baskin Robbins ice-cream locations, one on Main Street and the other in the Canyon Park area.
In both cases, the clerks on duty simply refused to surrender any cash. The suspect did produce a handgun, though Langford said it was unclear if the gun was real. In any case, she pointedly noted Bothell police do not recommend residents or employees attempt heroics when faced with criminal activity.
Goetz said officials from a number of jurisdictions had met since the Aug. 2 arrest to determine how to proceed against the suspect. He was not sure if Bothell police were involved in those proceedings.