An armed home invasion robbery on Sunday night appears to have been an attempted “drug rip,” according to Federal Way Police, a term used when individuals rob their drug dealers.
At about 9:35 p.m. Aug. 22, patrol officers responded to the home invasion robbery at a residence in the 32400 block of 3rd Avenue. The reporting party was on a video call with the victim and was witnessing the robbery via the call, according to Cmdr. Kurt Schwan of Federal Way Police.
The suspects, two men wearing masks, were demanding to know from the victims where the drugs were hidden, Schwan said.
The suspects fled when police arrived and were not located; their identifies are unknown. Police made loudspeaker announcements and all of the victims exited the home about an hour later, Schwan said.
The victims — one woman, two men and two boys — did not tell police why they refused to exit the home or call 911 for over an hour, Schwan said. There were no injuries among the victims.
Police found three large garbage bags full of marijuana in the front yard which were allegedly taken from the home and dropped in the yard as the suspects fled.
Schwan said the incident is not a random robbery, instead it appears to have been an attempted “drug rip” by the suspects.