4 arrested in brazen attempted robberies at Bellevue Walmart
BELLEVUE, Wash. - Police have identified all five suspects in the brazen attempted strong-armed robberies of shoppers outside a Bellevue Walmart store earlier this month, thanks to several helpful tips and leads from the public.
Carla Iafrate of the Bellevue police said the tips came rolling in after KOMO News and other media outlets posted photos of the suspects involved in the attacks at the Kelsey Creek Shopping Center.
Four of the suspects have since turned themselves in and were arrested. A fifth suspect (seen in Image No. 7 of the photo gallery at left) is still at large, and police are asking that she turn herself in for questioning.
Police would also like the unknown Good Samaritan who came to the aid of two victims to contact the Bellevue police.
The attempted robberies took place Jan. 2 as three men hopped out of a burgundy minivan and started loitering in front of the Walmart store in the Kelsey Creek neighborhood while two women stayed behind in the van.
After watching shoppers for a while, the first suspect grabbed a man in his 50s who was going into the store, according to police. The victim was able to push the suspect away.
According to the police, the second suspect approached two women in their late 50s and early 60s in the parking lot and asked to use their phone before trying to steal their necklaces.
When the suspect knocked one of the women over while trying to take her purse, she bit his hand, according to police.
A shopper came over and punched the suspect, but the other two suspects showed up and reportedly attacked the shopper as he tried to help the victims. The suspects drove off before officers could arrive.