UPDATE: Helicopter search after Top Hat marijuana-shop holdup, shooting

11:59 PM: Thanks for all the tips about the Guardian 1 helicopter search over Top Hat. It was helping search for suspects in a shooting and robbery at the Star 21 marijuana store in the 11000 block of 1st Avenue South, we confirmed with a deputy in the area. No arrest(s) reported so far. We will be following up with the King County Sheriff’s Office in the morning.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: From Sgt. Cindi West of KCSO:

A K-9 search was done on the ground in addition to the helicopter search, but no one was found.

12:23 PM: Even more details in the newest update from KCSO:

The incident happened just before 10:00pm at the Star 21 marijuana shop in the 11000 block of 1 Ave S. A store employee saw lights and heard loud banging near the front door so he opened the door to see what it was. He saw a vehicle rapidly backing into the barriers placed in front of the store. A group of men, wearing masks, got out of the car and ran towards him at the front door. The employee tried to close the door but the men forced their way inside the store. One of the suspects shot the 25 year old employee in the shoulder as they entered the store. The suspects were described as black males wearing masks and hoodies.

Once inside the store the suspects rummaged through the store taking items before fleeing northbound in the vehicle. A short time later a deputy found the vehicle unoccupied near S110th St and Occidental Ave S. The vehicle had been reported stolen in a carjacking in SeaTac on Monday. The employee was taken to Harborview with serious injuries.

The carjacking occurred on Monday night around 11:00. The victim was sitting in his car in a parking lot in the 3500 block of S180th St. when he was approached by three males. One of the males produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim and demanded his car keys. The suspects then fled in the vehicle. The suspects in this case were described as two Hispanic males and one black male, all believed to be in their teens. (C17045198)

If you have information about these crimes please call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).


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12 Responses to “UPDATE: Helicopter search after Top Hat marijuana-shop holdup, shooting”

  1. There is a copter by 26th and Roxbury at 5:22 a.m. on 9/13 now…

  2. Also hearing copter now at 5:30 near delridge and 18th for quite some time. Major sirens drove by around 5:00.

  3. There was also a lot of police/emergency sirens since 4amish in same area, not sure if related to helicopter.

  4. Just wome up tp helicopter hovering?

  5. It has been hovering almost directly above my house for almost 10 minutes now (near 15th/Barton). :(

  6. loads of fire trucks on 15th near roxbury

  7. Yes, we finally have something on that on our West Seattle site and I’m copying over to here. Briefly large fire response near 15th/98th.

  8. Helicoptor just left heading east towards west crest park. Is this related to the numerous emergency vehicles heard about an hour ago?

  9. That was a TV helicopter checking out a fire near 15th/98th. On our West Seattle site for starters because that’s where we were getting the helicopter reports; copying over here shortly.

  10. KIRO has pictures/story of fire involving Mexican restaurant on 15th.

  11. Wow – that makes a total of 4 armed robberies of pot stores in North Highline – there was a 5th robbery – but that was when someone drove through Nimbin – do not recall armed robberies of stores in this community prior to the pot shops opening.

  12. Captain obvious Says:

    I think there is a need for armed security guards at these locations.

    A change in the law to allow mangers or owner’s to open carry or keep a fire arm on the property.

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