20-year-old man steals laptop, fires then hides gun in store’s snack aisle, Seattle police say

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20-year-old man steals laptop, fires then hides gun in store’s snack aisle, Seattle police say

Seattle Times reporter

Seattle police arrested a 20-year-old armed robbery suspect after the man allegedly stole a laptop, fired a gun to get away, and raced through a store in the international district, stuffing his gun behind chips on his run.

A community service officer saw the man steal a laptop and bag from a restaurant on the 600 block of South King Street before 6 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

The man fled to Hing Hay Park, where police claim he fired his gun to avoid capture by a group of park visitors, and then ran into a store on Fourth Avenue South and South Jackson Streets. Nobody was injured.

The police caught the man who escaped from the back door of the store.

“After taking the suspect into custody, the officers returned to the store and retrieved a loaded gun that was hidden behind some chips in the aisle,” police said.

The man who claimed he had swallowed narcotics was taken to the hospital, police said.

He is sent to King County Jail for being a robbery investigator and a criminal in illegal possession of a firearm.