Convenience store robbers charged; Suspects spent night in woods with a pregnant woman
The would be robbers of the Morning Star Market in Highland Park that were scared off by the clerk's "bigger gun" were charged today in King County Superior Court with robbery and attempted robbery. The suspects in that Nov. 23 crime were later arrested on Nov. 25 following an armed robbery in Auburn.
One suspect, Fernando Quebrado, 27, was charged with attempted robbery and is being held on $100,000 bail on suspicion of pointing a gun at the West Seattle clerk and demanding money. Quebrado has prior misdemeanor convictions for possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, furnishing liquor to minors and DUI.
The two other suspects, Jose Luis Vargus, 28, and Francisco Dominguez-Ramirez, 21, are charged with robbery and attempted robbery and are being held on $250,000 bail on suspicion of robbing the woman in Auburn and participating in the West Seattle attempted robbery. Both Vargus and Dominguez-Ramirez have prior felony convictions for theft of a motor vehicle, residential burglary and possession of a stolen vehicle.
According to the charging documents Vargus and Dominguez-Ramirez spent the night in the woods with a woman who was 6 months pregnant during the time they hid from the police.
The details in the charges of how the arrest came about in the Auburn robbery said that female victim was driving home from her job as a barista when a white Ford Explorer started speeding up behind her then backing off.
When she slowed down to let the Explorer pass her, the driver rammed it into her car, causing her to leave the road.
The documents state that the Explorer blocked her car from driving off, and the suspects approached the victim. After loudly claiming they were the police, they pointed a gun and stole the victim's purse, wallet and cellphone then drove off.
When the Sheriff's deputies arrived they found the Explorer crashed in a ditch nearby. In the West Seattle robbery attempt a similar vehicle had been spotted and that description...including the note that duct tape was used to cover the license plate, matched this one. Deputies made the connection between the two crimes and later recovered the Auburn crime victim's purse and wallet from the vehicle.
The suspects had left the scene. The following day a person who lived near the crash scene called 911 to report three suspicious people who had come to his door and asked for water for their disabled car. Because of the crash and police activity the night before the resident called it in.
The charging documents say that when deputies investigated they found three people covered in scratches and wearing dirty and torn clothing. They were found to be in possession of the keys to the Explorer and the victim's cellphone.
Of those interviewed one was a woman who was reportedly 6-months pregnant. She told deputies she was a passenger during the robbery and subsequent crash.
She, and the two male suspects had been driving around, she said, and were at a gas station when they saw the victim leaving work and the decision was made to follow her.
The woman claimed she didn't know what the men were going to do; she was tired and trying to sleep when they cut off the victim's car according to the documents.
Vargus and Dominguez-Ramirez were arrested at the scene at that time and Quebrado was arrested a short time later. The pregnant woman was not charged.