Two robberies, two neighboring cities, close timings
Law enforcement had their hands full regarding two incidents that happened between 1:48 – 2:13 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15, in the Cities of Covington and Maple Valley.
The first incident took place in Covington on the 27100 block of 185th Ave. SE. Officers and deputies from around the area, including the Kent Police Department, were dispatched at 1:48 p.m. to a bank robbery at the Covington Bank of America.
As law enforcement were dealing with that situation, a second dispatch came through at 2:13 p.m. in Maple Valley where a robbery had taken place at Village Coffee. According to various sources, a male threatened a barista with a knife and got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.
As soon as the dispatch for each robbery went out, deputies were at each scene within minutes; however, the male suspect in each case had already fled. Officers arriving at Village Coffee included Maple Valley Police Chief DJ Nesel and Detective Jeff Johnson, as well as several Deputies and Detectives from the nearby Sheriff’s Precinct. Hovering above the area in search of the perpetrator was the Sheriff’s Helicopter Guardian One, which was assisting on both of the robbery details. Officers thoroughly searched the area where the suspect was last seen fleeing from Village Coffee, but could not locate him. The investigation continues.
Back at the bank robbery, the hunt for the suspect ended with a positive result. The bank robber was tracked down, arrested and stolen cash recovered.
According to Sgt. Cindi West, King County Sheriff’s Office of Media Relations, “I can tell you that one of the great things about contracting with the Sheriff’s Office, is that in addition to the officers that are assigned to our contract partner cities of Maple Valley and Covington, they get the benefit of having all of the King County Sheriff’s Office resources as well, which means they had multiple units respond to each location, to include deputies, detectives, K-9 and the helicopter.”