SEATTLE, WA – Police in Seattle are asking for the public’s assistance in helping identify two at-large suspects allegedly involved in a robbery and shooting of two teen girls from January.
According to police, the suspects reportedly tried shaking down the victims for their valuables – and one of the assailants shot them both thereafter.
Seattle Police are asking for your help to identify two suspects wanted in connection with a robbery and shooting in the parking lot of the Rainier Beach Safeway. https://t.co/GekpncIf44
— Q13 FOX Seattle (@Q13FOX) February 13, 2021
The incident was said to have occurred at the parking lot of the Rainier Beach Safeway on January 15th.
Detectives from the SPD say that the two teenage girls had been walking away from a bus stop on Rainier Avenue south, when a group of four to five people approached them.
Said group had allegedly demanded that the young girls give up any valuables that they had on their person, and one of the assailants drew a gun and shot both of the girls.
Luckily, the victims were transported to Harborview Medical Center where they were treated and subsequently survived the ordeal. However, there are no details regarding the severity of the injuries sustained by the victims.
Police have captured images of two men who they believe to be suspects in the case. Jim Fuda with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound had the following to say about the at-large suspects:
“Earlier in the day, these suspects were at South Center wearing the same clothing at the time that they had the altercation and assault and take place at Safeway in Rainier Beach.”
“So, they were wearing the same clothes, look for that camo jacket and the red hoodie on the other suspect and if you can identify these guys, please let us know.”
Outside of the two at-large suspects in this investigation, police did say that one individual allegedly involved in the case has been arrested.
Anyone with information on the matter, or who can help police identify the suspects above, are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
Tipsters can always choose to remain anonymous when reporting information, and a reward of up to $1,000 cash is available for information that can lead to an arrest and conviction.
In other news related to at-large suspects, it has now been a month since the non-fatal shooting at a Wal-Mart parking lot in Texas nearly took the life of a father in front of his three children.
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Police in Harris County, Texas are still searching for the shooting suspect that they identified as 24-year-old Marlon Thomas.
Here’s that previous report.
HARRIS COUNTY, TX – Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office have been able to reportedly identify the suspect in a shooting that took place in the parking lot of a Walmart in north Harris County – via using the shooting victim’s own captured cellphone video footage.
Harris County | Man shot in Walmart parking lot captures suspect on video: 'I want him to get caught' https://t.co/m0nMeth48t
— Roderick E DeBose (@redebose) January 23, 2021
Authorities announced that 24-year-old Marlon Thomas is wanted under charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the incident that transpired at the Walmart located on Louetta Rd on January 13th.
Reportedly, Juan Aguilar was waiting inside of his vehicle with his three children at the Walmart parking lot, while his wife Stephanie Harris was inside of the store shopping. While waiting inside of the vehicle, Aguilar said that another vehicle had bumped into his car.
When Aguilar attempted to confront the driver who allegedly bumped into his vehicle, a man later to be identified as Thomas, the driver was reportedly becoming hostile and threatening Aguilar with a firearm.
During this confrontation, authorities say that’s when the suspect opened fire and shot Aguilar.
The incident happened to be captured on cell phone footage that Aguilar was taking at the time when he was confronting the suspect. During the video you can hear Aguilar saying, “He just shot me,” with Aguilar’s wife Harris also being heard saying, “He shot my husband!”
After the incident, the suspect was said to have fled inside of a vehicle that was being driven by an unidentified female. The victim was reportedly shot in the stomach during the confrontation, and was hospitalized for a week.
Luckily, no one else was injured during the confrontation.
When recounting the tense and nearly deadly scenario, Aguilar is just happy and surprised to be alive:
“I’m very blessed to be here talking to you right now, because I felt myself dying. I did.”
According to court records relative to the suspect’s prior criminal history, it turns out that Thomas is already out on bond for four unrelated felony charges and two misdemeanors.
The victims in this scenario not only believe that the female driver is equally liable in this matter, but Aguilar noted if the suspect would shoot someone over a parking lot bump-in, what else might the suspect be capable of:
“If he just flared over something that minor, what else is he capable of? What else is he going to do?”
Officials say Thomas is still at large, and anyone with information with regard to his whereabouts are urged to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
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