Crime spree ends in standoff

Federal Way Police arrested three men last Friday in connection with a 36-hour crime binge that ended early that morning with a short standoff with one of the suspects.

The suspect was taken into custody after being forced out of an apartment by pepper spray canisters fired by police. The other suspects surrendered without incident.

Detectives said the crimes leading up to the standoff included a carjacking of a 1991 white Acura Integra last Thursday at 1 a.m., an armed robbery 10 minutes later and three more armed robberies the next day at 5:10, 5:15 and 5:20 a.m., followed by a home invasion robbery at 6:35 a.m.

The incidents occurred within a two-mile radius of the Pointe at Redondo apartment complex in the 28600 block of 18th Avenue South, where the suspects were eventually apprehended.

Police said descriptions of the suspects made it clear that the same three African-American males were suspects in all of the incidents.

An officer found the carjacked vehicle, believed to have been used in the robberies, parked at the Pointe at Redondo apartment. After talking to neighbors and witnesses, officers concluded the suspects could be in a particular apartment unit, surrounded it and made contact with the occupants inside, said police spokesman Kurt Schwan.

Two of the suspects surrendered without incident. When the third refused to leave the apartment, a standoff ensued until about 1 p.m., when the Valley Special Response Team fired pepper spray into the apartment in an attempt to force the suspect out. He emerged after approximately two minutes and surrendered.

Schwan said detectives with a search warrant recovered evidence in the apartment linked to the robberies.

The suspects’ names and the weapons used in the armed holdups weren’t revealed. An investigation was continuing.

Pointe at Redondo residents were evacuated by police during the standoff. One of them, Raul Sedano, said he waited on the street for a half hour until the final suspect was in custody.

He said the police handling of the situation made him feel safe.

“They were pretty professional. They had things pretty well covered, I could tell,” Sedano said.

Editor Pat Jenkins can be reached at 925-5565 and

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