Tacoma police are asking for the public’s help identifying a suspect who robbed the Shell gas station in the 5700 block of N. 26th St. on Saturday, Aug. 17. A surveillance camera caught him brandishing a large knife. He held it to the clerk’s throat and can be heard on the video saying, “Open it or I'm going to cut your [expletive] head off.” The clerk pleaded with him not to rob the store but eventually agreed to give him the money as his threats escalated.
The suspect is described as white with brown hair, in his 50s, approximately 6’3” and 200 lbs. He was wearing a dark blue shirt, dark blue pants, white tennis shoes and a beige baseball hat with a green bill. Video of him robbing the gas station will be featured on “Washington’s Most Wanted” Friday night, Sept. 13. Detectives are hoping someone recognizes him or his voice and can identify him. Call Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County at 1-800-222-TIPS if you know his name. There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for the information leading to his arrest.