Kirkland Police Arrest Armed Robber; Area Burglaries Solved

Following an armed robbery of two Kirkland residents in late February, the Kirkland Police Department began an investigation to determine the identity of the suspect. Department detectives released a composite sketch of the suspect to area law enforcement agencies which generated a possible suspect. Recently the Kirkland Police Department served a search warrant on the suspect’s Bothell’s residence and recovered a gun believed to be used in the February burglary, one victim’s wallet which was taken during the incident, and clothing believed to be worn by the suspect during the armed burglary. Further investigation of the suspect’s residence recovered property stolen from burglaries committed in Kirkland’s annexation area, including property from the Kingsgate Public Library and from a residence in the Finn Hill neighborhood. All of the confirmed stolen items, including lap top computers, a digital camera, and cash have been returned to the rightful owners. Kirkland Police have arrested the suspect; he has been charged with Robbery 1st Degree, Unlawful Possession of Firearms, and Burglary. He is currently being held in the King County Jail on $250,000 bail.

The armed robbery occurred on February 27, 2011, when two males were robbed at gunpoint by a male suspect in a parking lot located in the 12500 block of 116th Ave. The suspect pointed the gun at the victims demanding their money. Kirkland Police responded quickly to the area, bringing Max, the K-9 search dog. The track was unsuccessful; it was believed the suspect had fled in a vehicle.

For more information please contact Sergeant Rob Saloum at 425-587-3401 or rsaloum@kirklandwa.gov.