Bail was set for two suspects accused of an armed robbery that took place Saturday in the Capital Mall parking lot in Olympia.
Kirstan A. Flatt, 19, and Joshua L. Meza, 18, appeared Monday in Thurston County Superior Court on charges of first-degree robbery while armed with a deadly weapon. Judge Erik Price set bail at $10,000 for Flatt and $20,000 for Meza.
Court documents and the Olympia Police Department give the following account:
Police responded to a report of an armed robbery at 7:32 p.m. Feb. 21. Victims told police they had arranged to buy a 1992 Honda Accord from someone who advertised it on Facebook. While waiting for the sellers in the parking lot near Macy’s, two men approached the victims’ vehicle, brandished a gun and took $1,500 in cash.
The suspects fled in a red Volkswagen Jetta, and the victims followed while relaying information to 911. Two suspects got out of the Jetta and fled on foot in the area of Black Lake Boulevard and Cooper Point Road. One of the suspects on foot was detained, and officers were able to stop the Jetta as it entered the on-ramp for U.S. 101. A fourth suspect is still at large.
Police impounded the Jetta and recovered two semi-automatic handguns. Flatt, who drove the Jetta, told officers that the Facebook account was created for the purpose of trying to scam a prospective car buyer, according to court documents.
A corrections officer at the county jail reported that he had recovered a bundle of $20 bills concealed in Meza’s underwear. The bills were bound with two rubber bands — one of which had been re-tied — just as the victims had described.
Two juvenile suspects were also involved with the alleged crime. One remains at large while the other was released to a parent, according to Olympia police.