Two Men Arrested After Forcing Man to Steal from Skagit County Retailers at Gunpoint

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Skagit County, WA – On December 5, 2021 at about 8:58 p.m., Burlington Police were dispatched to a suspicious detail at a retail business. Officers were told a male subject passed a note to employees stating he was being held against his will and there was a gun involved. The note also described a vehicle that was involved. The subject left prior to employees calling 9-1-1.

While Officers were investigating the original complaint, an additional suspicious call came in from another retail business. Employees were reporting that a male subject approached employees and said he was being held captive. The male claimed there was a subject in a similar vehicle in the parking lot with a gun forcing him to steal.

Officers arrived on scene and located the described vehicle without license plates in the Northwest Parking lot of Fred Meyer. The vehicle was occupied by a single male subject who exited as officers arrived. Police detained the male, a 42-year old Blaine Man.  This subject was found to be in possession of the victim’s cell phone.

Officers entered the Fred Meyer and contacted a 34-year old Bellingham man. The man claimed to have been held camptive and said he was being forced to steal merchandise from different stores. The victim explained to Officers how he had a previous dispute with a 33-year old Bellingham man over some property.  The victim told Officers that around 7:00 p.m., the two men showed up at the victims apartment and ordered everyone to leave. The victim was then struck in the head with a handgun and the men threatened to kill him. The two men then transported the victim to Skagit County, where he was ordered to steal items at gunpoint.

One suspect was arrested in the Fred Meyer parking lot and the other suspect was arrested at a local hotel where he was staying.  Both suspects were taken into custody without incident and booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center on charges of Robbery 1st Degree, Harassment with Threats to Kill, Trafficking in Stolen Property 2nd Degree and Assault 2nd Degree, according to Burlington Police Detective Sergent Jeremy Kramer.

Please note: All Subjects are Innocent Until Proven Guilty in a Court of Law.    

Screenshot: Skagit County Jail Booking Report


Source: Burlington Police Department Press Release. Case Number 21-B08978

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