Beauty Supply Store Worker Assaulted During Armed Robbery
by Lewis & Laws
A woman in South Seattle almost suffered an injury when she was assaulted by an armed man as he robbed a beauty supply store. According to SPD Blotter, a crime blog posted by the Seattle Police Department, officers responded to a call from a woman as she ran out of the store screaming.
An early investigation revealed that a man entered the store in the afternoon and brandished a knife. He threatened several store employees with the weapon and demanded cash. Police allege that the man attempted to hurt one of the store workers by swinging the knife at her, but missed his target.
The incident did not result in any injury.
Police did not apprehend the suspect, who remains at large. According to witnesses, the perpetrator was a male. The Seattle Police Department considers this an ongoing and active investigation.
Washington Armed Robbery Laws
“A person commits robbery when he or she unlawfully takes personal property from the person of another or in his or her presence against his or her will by the use or threatened use of immediate force, violence, or fear of injury to that person or his or her property or the person or property of anyone...”
According to Washington law, RCW § 9A.56.200, "robbery in the first degree" occurs when an individual uses a deadly weapon (or what appears to be a deadly weapon), to commit a robbery and flee the scene of the crime. This is a class A felony.
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