Update: Suspect Was After Oxycontin

Wednesday nights standoff lasted more than five hours.

UPDATE — April 26:

The suspect from Wednesday's armed robbery remains at large; however the Renton Police Department has a good idea of who they're looking for."We believe we have identified the suspect," said Terri Vickers, a public information officer with the RentonPolice Department. "But we haven't located him yet."

Police were called to the scene at 4:25 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 after the victim reported that she had been robbed of her Oxycontin medication.Earlier that day she'd called a relative for a ride, according to police.

The family member was busy and suggested the victim get a ride from the would-be suspect.It's unclear if the suspect ever gave the victim the ride she needed.After the robbery, the victim said she saw the suspect run inside the Palm Court Condos and then run out.

She also believed she saw him run back inside a second time just before police arrived.Police used concussion grenades, a Public Address speaker and called all the phone numbers asscoiated with the suspect and the condo unit he was apparently hiding in.

There was only one one answer, but it was for a wrong number.The event ended just after 10 p.m. without an arrest. Police believe the man never actually returned to the condo for a second time.

UPDATE — April 25, 11 p.m.:

Police re-opened Petrovitsky Road after Valley SWAT teams were unable to locate a man wanted in the armed robbery of a woman for her medication and cell phone.Renton Police believed the man had fled to the Palm Court Condos.

They believed he was armed with a gun and requested additional resources including a negotiator and Valley SWAT (made of police officers from Kent, Federal Way, Tukwila, Renton and Port of Seattle).

Police launched concussion grenades into the area where they believed the suspect was hiding. Officials re-opened the road after they realized the suspect had fled the scene.

Patch will update this story as more details are made available. 


ORIGINAL STORY—April 25, 9 p.m.: 

Police agencies from all over south King County have descended on the parking lot of Renton's Play It Again Sports.A man allegedly robbed a woman where he displayed a gun.

He is believed to still be in or near the immediate area hidden in or near the Palm Court Condos between KinderCare and the Benson Downs apartment complex, according to Renton Police Department officials.

Renton Police states they know who the man is but did not provide a description awaiting the outcome of this operation.As of 9 p.m., authorities believe the operation will continue for "another couple of hours." Several loud bangs could be heard as the Valley SWAT team tracked the man down.

Police agencies from Renton, Kent, Tukwila, Federal Way and Port of Seattle have responded. The Renton Fire and Emergency Services along with King County Medic One were on standby while police activities continue.

andrachel April 26, 2012 at 06:14 AM
Thanks for the update. I was wondering what was going on when I drove by!
David Rieman April 26, 2012 at 06:52 AM
I live in this area and have to go home from work soon. Any chance I could get a discription of the suspect so I know who to keep an eye out for. Sure would make me feel safer.
TJ Kiltman Anderson April 26, 2012 at 07:23 AM
Typical police over-reaction and/or incompetence..either they shouldn't have closed the damn roads, or they are grossly incompetent ..or both.
andrachel April 26, 2012 at 08:02 AM
So the man is on the run, they know who he is but won't release a description? Awesome. Sure makes the public feel safe! And WHY did they have the entire road blocked for robbery of a person? I thought at first it was a bank robbery (which still wouldn't warrant an entire road closure IMO)
Jenny Manning April 26, 2012 at 01:01 PM
David: I'm sorry I was not able to help you out yesterday. Police declined to give a description of the suspect. I hope you got home safely!
Jenny Manning April 26, 2012 at 01:05 PM
andrachel: That's correct. If police decide to release a description — or any other information — we'll update the story. Officials said the road was closed because the man was armed with a gun. Unfortunately, this is all the information we have at this point.
sp April 26, 2012 at 02:16 PM
It would have been nice if the police would let residents who live on Petrovitsky get home instead of berating them being unprofessional. I understand the need to have a perimeter established, but there are a ton of people who live in that area that couldn't get home (not to mention that it is a major thoroughfare). I live in the condos next to Palm Court and they made it impossible for me to get home last night. All I was trying to do was get home and they turned me away three separate times at three separate locations and were extremely rude each time. I know they are just doing their job, but seriously . . .
Jenny Manning April 26, 2012 at 08:49 PM
@sp: Thank you for sharing your experience. I'm still working to get more information for an update. What time were you finally allowed to access your home?
Nunya April 27, 2012 at 05:44 AM
The mans nam is isaiah swain i was there when swat ripped off his garage door and sent hella swat guys in with big ass guns they were shooting tear gas into the house through windows lighting off hella flashbang grenades and i even saw a sniper hiding behind a bush accross the road.
Nunya April 27, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Heres what he looks like http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=379269378772839&set=a.184218654944580.31041.100000693408326&type=1
Jennifer April 27, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I understand the frustration in not being able to get home during an event like this. I had to drive around the event myself though was able to get home because I don't live in the area that was closed. My question to those that are complaining, how would you suggest the swat team allow people in safely? It would only have taken 1 person taken at gun point by this man to possibly develope into a different story. Then all the complaints would be 'why did the police let people enter the area when they suspected there was an armed gun man?' In a case like this, I say better safe than sorry. Aren't you glad that when you did get home, you were safe?
Mark B April 29, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Ever Catch the guy or release the name and description?
Jenny Manning April 29, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Mark - Not as of Friday afternoon, to my knowledge. I'll check again on Monday. Thanks for following the story.
JEAN BROWN May 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM


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