Man and woman arrested on suspicion of robbing Tumwater grocery at gunpoint

Staff writerJuly 1, 2014 

Sherifff’s deputies arrested two suspects Monday night after a man robbed the Southend Grocery on Capitol Boulevard in Tumwater at gunpoint.

During a court hearing Tuesday, a judge found probable cause to order both suspects, Gary Bafford and Genaveve Webb of Chehalis, held on suspicion of first-degree robbery. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch set Bafford’s bail at $100,000 and Webb’s bail at $50,000.

Court papers state that Bafford and Webb are husband and wife.

Tumwater police were called to the Southend Grocery about 9:50 p.m. Monday after a man entered the store, pointed a firearm at an employee and demanded cash.

The clerk was “visibly shaken” after the suspect pointed a gun at her during the robbery. She told police she handed him about $300 cash from the register.

The man fled the store, located in the 6400 block of Capitol Blvd., got into an “old U-Haul truck” being driven by a woman and it drove away.

When a Thurston County sheriff’s deputy pulled an old U-Haul truck over on Interstate 5, the male suspect ran off into the woods. A K9 track, along with help from Olympia officers, helped locate the suspect, later identified as Bafford, and he was placed into custody. An officer believed Bafford strongly resembled the robber seen in surveillance footage from the grocery, court papers state. Bafford at $275 on him when he was taken into custody. The woman driver also was placed under arrest, Tumwater Police Detective Jen Kolb said.

Webb told police she did not know Bafford and had only just recently picked him up hitchhiking, court papers state. But police noticed they had the same address listed on their driver’s licences, and that they were listed as husband and wife in a driver’s license database, court papers state.

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

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