Suspect claims to be law enforcement, commits armed robbery

MARYSVILLE — Just before 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, Marysville Police officers responded to a call of a man pointing a gun at someone in a vehicle, in a parking lot on the corner of 88th Street and State Avenue. While en route, officers were advised the suspect was motioning the person or persons to get out of the vehicle.

Upon arrival, officers observed two adult males standing near a shed, with their bodies facing the shed and their heads turned away from it. The first officer on scene shone his spotlight on the subjects, but they did not move. The officer exited his patrol vehicle and ordered the subjects to show him their hands. The subjects turned towards the officer, at which time the officer asked them what they were doing. One of the subjects replied, "What do you mean? The cop told us to stand right here, and not to move."

Through investigation, officers learned the two subjects had come to the parking lot to sell a food stamp EBT card. While in their vehicle waiting, a dark-colored passenger vehicle with dark-tinted windows pulled up to their car. A male suspect reportedly exited, pointing a gun at them and identifying himself as "Task Force," and ordered them out of their car and to move over near the storage shed. The suspect "searched" the victims, who were then ordered to face away from the suspect and to not move. The victims indicated they did not hear the suspect drive away, and were doing what the suspect had told them to do when the Marysville Police officer arrived.

Witness accounts indicate they observed what looked like an undercover police officer in SWAT gear "patting down" or "frisking" two people next to a shed in the parking lot. The suspect was wearing what appeared to be a bullet-proof vest, with the word SWAT on it, along with a badge on his hip. Witnesses indicated the suspect fled the area, a minute or two before Marysville Police officers arrived, in a dark-colored VW Passat with dark-tinted windows.

One of the victims had a large amount of cash money stolen from his wallet.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a stocky build. He had dark-colored, short hair.

Anyone who has information regarding this crime is asked to contact Marysville Police detectives at 360-363-8350.

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