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Thurston County fugitives picked up in Queens, N.Y.

Chloe T. Fontaine and Mateusz S. Rudnik were arrested Friday by the New York Police Department in Queens, N.Y. They are suspects in a Sept. 11 robbery in Thurston County.
Chloe T. Fontaine and Mateusz S. Rudnik were arrested Friday by the New York Police Department in Queens, N.Y. They are suspects in a Sept. 11 robbery in Thurston County. Courtesy

Two suspects in a Sept. 11 home-invasion robbery in Thurston County made it across the country before they were picked up by police in Queens, N.Y. late last week.

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office issued arrest warrants for Mateusz S. Rudnik, 27, and Chloe T. Fontaine, 24, following a Sept. 11 home invasion in which victims were stabbed and shot. Both are suspected of first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and unlawful imprisonment.

Rudnik and Fontaine were located by New York Police officers at Rudnik’s former home in Queens on Friday, the New York Post reported. A loaded gun was allegedly found at the home, the Post reported.

The robbery took place about 9 p.m. Sept. 11 at a home on the 4200 block of 15th Avenue Northeast, according to the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office.

The agency reported that two male victims were transported to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia after two men and one woman forcibly entered the home with knives and a gun. Inside the home, the victims were ordered to the floor and told not to move while intruders rummaged through the house.

At some point, the two male victims attempted to resist. One man was shot once in his abdomen and stabbed multiple times. The second man was shot once in his leg. Both survived.

One of the male suspects was later identified as Rudnik, and the female suspect was identified as Fontaine. The Sheriff’s Office has not released a possible identity for the third suspect.

New York court records show that Rudnik and Fontaine appeared before Judge Bruna DiBiase on Friday, and each faces gun charges in Queens Criminal Court. Rudnik was held in lieu of $150,000 bail. Fontaine was being held pending a psychiatric examination.

The charges stemming from the Thurston County robbery won’t be prosecuted in Queens. Court records show they have been remanded to Thurston County Superior Court.

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