Updated: The 20-year-old man suspected of armed robbery in Ballard had a bail hearing this afternoon. The suspect waived his right to appear and listened to the proceeding from another room.
Back of defense attorney
Prosecutors filed probable cause papers for one count of robbery in the second degree and asked for $100,000 “based on the seriousness of the allegations.” The suspect has several cases pending including assault and possession of stolen property. He has also had two warrants in the last year. He has not been convicted of either crime. Because of this, the defense attorney asked that bail be set at $10,000.
“Given in what appears to be escalation in actions allegedly by the defendant and the seriousness of the allegations that a firearm was used as a weapon,” Judge Mark C Chow told the court, “Set bail at $100,000.”
The prosecutor has until Friday, March 11th to file charges.
Earlier A 20-year-old Ballard man was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and booked into King County Jail on Investigation of Robbery.
The man is suspected of five recent armed robberies and one purse-snatching in the Ballard and Phinney areas. Detective Mark Jamieson with the Seattle Police Department tells us that victims were able to give police enough of a description for them to determine a person of interest.
The latest armed robbery was on February 25th when a Loyal Heights man was confronted by the suspect, who was armed, demanding his wallet, cell phone and money. Immediately after the 10:40 p.m. robbery, the suspect was caught on surveillance camera at a local ATM trying to use the victim’s debit card, Jamieson says. Police positively identified the suspect as the person of interest.
On Tuesday afternoon, Jamieson tells us, that robbery detectives saw the suspect and a friend walking in the Loyal Heights area wearing some of the same clothing as in the ATM photos. The two were taken in for questioning. The companion was questioned and released and the suspect was arrested.
Earlier robbery stories:
– Man robbed at Sunset Hill Park, two other robberies nearby (February 16th)
– Woman victim of armed robbery in Crown Hill (March 4th)
Suspect is not accused of this convenience store robbery:
– Convenience store on 15th Ave. and 77th St. robbed (February 24th)