MIPD detectives investigating May 10 armed robbery

Suspects fled Mercer Island in a black sedan following an armed robbery on the afternoon of May 10.

The suspects displayed a firearm and forcibly stole a victim’s cell phone from their hand while the person was walking in the 5300 block of East Mercer Way, according to the Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD).

A 911 caller reported the robbery at approximately 3:50 p.m. as the suspects began bolting from the Island with the phone.

While immediately searching the area, officers located a vehicle matching the description given and attempted a traffic stop to no avail. As officers pursued, the suspect vehicle continued on a northbound path toward Interstate 90 while reaching high speeds and swerving erratically to evade officers.

“As the suspect vehicle approached I-90, the pursuit became too dangerous for pedestrians and nearby motorists. Officers made the decision to discontinue pursuit in order to preserve public safety,” according to a MIPD report.

No injuries were reported during the robbery and short vehicle chase, during which NORCOM 911 dispatchers relayed real-time suspect vehicle description to neighboring law-enforcement agencies to help them also try and track down the suspects.

MIPD detectives are collaborating with surrounding agencies to determine if the robbery suspects are related to similar incidents that have recently occurred in nearby cities.

According to police, suspect and victim descriptions in the May 10 robbery are not presently being made public. Anyone with information about the incident can contact detective sergeant Dominic Amici at (206) 457-9604.