MLT police response to armed robbery Wednesday was drug deal gone bad

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We reported Wednesday night on an armed robbery that occurred around 6 p.m. in the 4500 block of 241st Street Southwest in Mountlake Terrace. Here are the details as released Thursday by MLT Police:

Police responded to a report by a 31 year-old female resident that two men who had been interested in purchasing a car entered her home, brandished weapons and took her cash. She told 911 dispatchers that she was holding one of the two suspects at gunpoint. As officers were responding, the report changed to both suspects fleeing the area on foot.

Officers from multiple agencies (Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Woodway, Lake Forest Park, Shoreline, King County and Bothell) responded to assist. As officers came into the area, they arrested one of the suspects walking near 33rd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 205th. A witness told officers that he saw the second suspect run from the area as police officers were arriving.

Officers set up a containment area and started a K-9 track. The second suspect was eventually located in the area of Northeast 204th and 33rd Avenue Northeast and taken into custody without further incident.

Further investigation by detectives determined that the female victim of the robbery was attempting to purchase illegal drugs from the two male subjects, not a car as she initially reported.

At this point, one suspect — a 28-year-old male from Auburn — has been booked into the Snohomish County Jail. Detectives are continuing the investigation and possibility of further charges.

The Mountlake Terrace Police Department would like to thank all the witnesses and other police agencies who responded to assist in the apprehension of the suspects.

Anyone with further information on this incident can contact the City of Mountlake Terrace Police Department at 425-670-8260 and ask to speak with a detective.

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