WANTED IN SEATTLE --
Two of the suspects in a series of armed robberies that you helped Seattle Police solve are in jail, facing 1st Degree Robbery charges, thanks to Washington's Most Wanted viewer tips to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound.
A third suspect remains unidentified.
King County prosecutors have charged a 14-year-old girl with three counts of Robbery 1st Degree.
The second suspect is 18-year-old Da'quarious 'DQ' Smith. Seattle Police arrested him on April 28th. He's charged with three counts of 1st Degree Robbery and is being held in the King County Jail on $250,000 bail.
Seattle Police say the teenage girl admitted to posing as a prostitute to get men to pull over along Aurora Ave. North, where the victims were then robbed at gunpoint by Smith and another unidentified man. Seattle Police say the two men approached three different vehicles, pointed guns at the drivers and demanded their wallets, cellphones and cash. Detectives say two of the victims were pistol-whipped.
The 14-year-old teen told detectives she did it in exchange for meth, which the suspects gave her the day after each robbery.
Police say she and Smith confessed to the robberies, but would not identify the third suspect. "It tells me this guy is probably the most dangerous of the three. He's armed, as far as we know, he's out there on the street. He's dangerous, I think the other two are scared of this guy," said Ret. Det. Myrle Carner with Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound.
A black-and-white striped purse the 14-year-old girl was carrying turned out to be an important clue that helped police identify her. “You looked at that video, kind of grainy and so forth and you go, ‘Wow, what are the chances?’ Well, I think we got about 14 tips from you on this gal alone, so that tells me that you`re watching the show, you know who is out there. Now, we need your help in identifying the third guy,” said Ret. Det. Carner.
Detectives say surveillance video shows the three suspects board a Metro bus at 85th and Aurora Ave. N. on April 14th. Detectives say the video shows the teenage girl and Smith sitting together. The unidentified suspect is sitting in the seat next to them. He spends most of the three minute bus ride to 105th and Aurora Ave. eating a bag of potato chips. “He`s wearing a black hoodie, but you will see underneath the hoodie, there is a grey line which probably indicates there is a grey cap under there. We don`t know who this guy is and that`s where you come in. We really need to know his identity,” said Ret. Det. Carner.
A half hour after they got off the bus at 105th and Aurora, police say Smith and the other suspect robbed a man sitting in his car one block away. He was the third victim that week. “We`re talking about armed robberies here, we`re talking about victims that had their items taken, their cell phones. It put them in fear of their life,” said Carner.
With neither Smith, nor the teenage girl identifying the third suspect, detectives are hoping somebody wants another Crime Stoppers cash reward offered in this case. “We got two in custody. That's up to a $1,000 on each person, so that`s up to a $1,000 each. Now, we`re asking you to give up the third guy and we`re going to pay up to a $1,000 on that one,” added Carner.
If you know the third suspect’s name, have photos of him, or any other information, submit it anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound through the P3 Tips app that you can download to your cell phone for free, or you can call the hot line anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).