SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--Police need the community’s help to solve a pair of brazen armed robberies.
Authorities said a man robbed a Zip Trip on Trent at gunpoint in mid November. A suspect matching the same description hit an arcade at Spokane Valley Mall a few days later.
Investigators said they are not 100% sure they are dealing with the same suspect. They said the M.O. does appear similar.
The curtains closed for movie goers at the Spokane Valley mall on Friday night. Authorities forced everyone to evacuate the theater after someone robbed a neighboring video arcade at gun point.
Authorities said the suspect pointed either a shotgun or a rifle at the chest of a Tilt Arcade employee, demanded cash and left.
“We don't see this type of situation where the suspect is actually brandishing the weapon, not only brandishing it but pointing it at the victims as well,” said Deputy Craig Chamberlin with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities described the suspect as a white male about six feet tall in his late 20’s to early 30’s. He is described as wearing a dark coat and a white handkerchief over his face.
Police said that description resembled a man who robbed the Zip Trip on East Trent two days earlier.
“This is an individual that is extremely dangerous. Anyone willing to go, like I said to those extremes, is very concerning to us,” said Chamberlin.
Chamberlin said investigators can not say for sure if the same person robbed both places. He said the clothing and type of weapon appear similar.
“If this person escalates, we don't want to see anyone get hurt. This is someone definitely on our radar. It's on top of our priority list and we are gonna do whatever we can to put this person, or these people behind bars,” said Chamberlin.
Authorities said they are relying on the public’s help. Anybody with information if asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.