Suspect arrested in robbery of west Olympia Subway

Police arrested a 22-year-old man Wednesday night after he allegedly robbed a west Olympia Subway restaurant, according to the Olympia Police Department.

At about 7:40 p.m., Subway employees had been preparing food in the back of the restaurant at 1001 Cooper Point Road SW when they heard a bell indicating that someone had entered the building, Lt. Paul Lower said. A female employee saw the suspect, who was wearing a mask.

The employee said the suspect stuck his hand inside of his jacket like he had a gun, and demanded that the woman give him all of the money from the cash register. He took the money and the employee’s cellphone and ran away.

The employee used a restaurant phone to call 911, and was able to give a description of the man’s clothing. Police encountered the man a few blocks away, near the Grocery Outlet store on Harrison Avenue, Lower said.

The man ran from police, but was caught behind the store. The man was carrying a canvas bag printed with a dollar sign, along with the employee’s cellphone, Lower said. The man didn’t have a gun, but he did have a knife.

He was booked into the Thurston County Jail on suspicion of first-degree robbery.