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2 caught, 3rd on the run after 'violent crime spree' across King County Sunday

Police investigate robberies at two Bellevue gas station (KOMO Photo)

BELLEVUE, Wash. -- Two suspected armed robbers have been captured but a third remains on the loose after a "violent crime spree" across King County Sunday evening.

Bellevue police received their first call of an armed robbery around 8 p.m. from a gas station in the 2200 block of 148th Ave NE, according to a police spokesperson. An employee said he'd just been robbed at gunpoint by three men in masks, but they had run off before officers arrived.

A second call came in about 40 minutes later from another gas station 11 blocks away on 148th, again reporting three masked men were holding an employee at gunpoint. This time two Bellevue officers were nearby and arrived just as the three men were running out of the store and a foot chase ensued. One of the suspected robbers, a 16-year-old Auburn boy, was captured in the foot chase.

Police dogs were brought in to search for the other two, and about a half hour later, one of the dogs found one of the suspects hiding in a nearby greenbelt. The 16-year-old Tacoma boy was arrested and treated for a dog bite by officers on scene, police said.

The third robber remains on the run but police are working to identify him.

No one was injured in either robbery.

But investigators now believe the trio's crime spree started earlier in the evening in Burien, as an SUV found at the second bank robbery scene had been reported stolen just a few hours earlier from a home there.

Around 5:30 p.m., a man came home to the 400 block of 191st Place to find three men trying to steal his Toyota Rav4. One of the suspects had a gun and pointed it at the car owner, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

The victim had a concealed gun permit and fired a shot at the robbers, but missed. At least one robber fired back at the victim, but also missed, deputies said. Bullet holes were found in a nearby parked car.

The thieves then drove off in the Rav4 and apparently to Bellevue where they robbed the two convenience stores.

“I could not be more proud of my Officers for their hard work in taking these dangerous suspects into custody without any injuries to Officers, the suspects, or members of the public," Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett said in a news release announcing the arrests. "It is very fortunate that no one was seriously injured during the suspects’ daylong crime spree.”

Investigators are still working both cases.

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