Suspect in two Thurston County armed robberies arrested in Shelton Friday

Staff writerMay 19, 2014 

Mason County sheriff's deputies have arrested a Shelton man suspected of robbing two Thurston County convenience stores at gunpoint the night of May 12.

When Tumwater police attempted to arrest the man after locating him and his girlfriend at a Shelton address Friday, he jumped form a window and fled, court papers state.

The suspect is believed to have then stolen a vehicle from an Arcadia Road SE residence, and led Mason County sheriff's deputies on a chase about 7:15 Friday night.

The suspect crashed the stolen vehicle during a pursuit, then led Mason County sheriff's deputies on a foot chase. A Mason County Sheriff's K9 unit apprehended the suspect, and he was taken to an area hospital Friday night, police said.

The suspect is believed to have robbed a Tumwater Chevron and an AM/PM on Old Highway 99 in Grand Mound at gunpoint the night of May 12, Thurston County Sheriff's Detective Cameron Simper said.

Simper said Monday that the suspect, a 36-year-old Shelton man, has not yet been arrested on suspicion of the Thurston County armed robberies, but he will be soon. The suspect is currently in custody at the Mason County Jail, Simper said.

"He's not going anywhere," Simper said of the suspect, who now faces potential felony eluding, auto theft and other charges out of Mason County.

Tumwater police identified the suspect and his girlfriend, believed to be the getaway driver during both armed robberies, by examining video surveillance from a business near the Chevron Station on Trosper Road that was robbed on May 12.

The video surveillance showed a license plate number for the vehicle that was being driven by the suspects during the Chevron Station robbery and the vehicle was tracked to the Shelton address, Tumwater Police Detective Jen Kolb said.

The suspect's girlfriend, Lyndsey Cox, 27, was arrested at the Shelton residence on Friday, and was later booked at the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of armed robbery under an accomplice theory, court papers state.

Cox only has been arrested on suspicion of acting as an accomplice in connection with the Tumwater Chevron robbery, though she admits in court papers to acting as a getaway driver in the Grand Mound and Tumwater Chevron robberies.

Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon found probable cause to support Cox's armed robbery accusation during a court hearing Monday and set her bail at $20,000.

According to court papers, Cox's tattoos match those of a woman seen driving the getaway car on surveillance footage of the Chevron robbery. Cox told police that she knew her boyfriend was going to do something "stupid" that night but she did not know he would be committing armed robberies, court papers state.

 

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445; jpawloski@theolympian.com

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