Police nab suspects for weekend crimes
By REPORTER STAFF
Mercer Island Reporter Staff
February 8, 2012 · 1:24 PM
Alpenland Delicatessen was robbed on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 4, and police located the suspect within an hour. At 2:40 p.m. a 22-year-old Bellevue man, Zachary Parker, threatened an Alpenland employee with a pocket knife after stealing a bottle of Bud Light beer from the deli. The employee had followed the suspect out of the store, demanding that he return the beer and telling him to open his jacket.
Witnesses provided police with a description of Parker, who fled. Police found and arrested him in a multi-level parking lot at 3:45 p.m. in the 2700 block of 78th Avenue S.E. Parker admitted he was in the deli.
Police arrested two suspects, Hung Van Nguyen, 28, of Seattle, and Bo Rajavong, 25, of Renton, who broke into a vehicle on Saturday morning, Feb. 4. A 64-year-old Mercer Island man witnessed the car prowl at 8:31 a.m. in front of his residence in the 2200 block of 78th Avenue S.E. After a BMW sedan parked in front of the man's home, the passenger exited the vehicle, walked up the neighbor's driveway and broke a window out of the neighbor's Ford Mustang. The passenger then returned to the sedan, which left the scene. The witness followed the suspects' vehicle, which turned into the north Luther Burbank Park lot, and recorded its license plate number.
Police contacted Nguyen and Rajavong, and detained them. Both were arrested on investigation of vehicle prowling after they were positively identified by the witness. Several items were placed into evidence at the MIPD, including several keys, Sim/memory cards, an electric fob and cell phone.
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