Federal Way police are asking for the public’s help to locate a 19-year-old suspect tied to three recent armed robberies at 7-Eleven and Subway locations in Federal Way.
Cmdr. Kurt Schwan of Federal Way police said the department developed probable cause for the suspect’s arrest, noting the department has filed several charges and is also looking into other possible suspects.
“Since developing probable cause we have not been able to locate him, however we do not believe he’s fled the area,” Schwan told the Mirror.
Artavious Z. Magee, 19, is suspected of robbing a 7-Eleven convenience store, located at 104 SW 312th St., on Oct. 13 and Nov. 12, and a Federal Way Subway sandwich shop, located at 32925 1st Ave. S., on Oct. 25, Schwan said.
Along with the probable cause for his arrest, Magee also has two outstanding warrants for the illegal concealed carrying of a firearm and underage possession of a pistol, he said.
Police describe Magee as a 5-foot-9 165-pound black male with brown hair and black eyes.
Police initially linked Magee and his roommates to seven armed robberies that occurred in Federal Way over a month span in October and November 2019.
On the morning of Nov. 12, “the masked suspect entered the business [7-Eleven], displayed a handgun, and demanded money,” Schwan previously told the Mirror. The store clerk complied and the suspect fled on foot.
After the armed robbery, police officers used K-9 units to track the suspects and obtain more detailed descriptions.
Schwan said after police tracked the suspects, officers believed they found the suspects in an apartment occupied by a mother and four siblings, three of which match the description of the seven robberies — black males between the ages of 15 and 19.
A search warrant was served at the apartment in mid-November and police located several items of evidence that linked the residents to most, if not all, of the recent armed robberies in the local area.