Gig Harbor Police are asking for the public’s help to identify an armed robber and the woman who drove the getaway vehicle.
At 5:15 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, the gunman robbed a Chevron gas station located at Stinson Avenue and Wollochet Drive NW.
"He walked into the Chevron with a sawed off shotgun with a blue nylon strap on it and confronted the clerk who was just coming out of the back room and demanded all the money out of the till,” said Lt. Fred Douglas with Gig Harbor Police.
During the robbery, he was seen wearing a purple and black hooded University of Washington jacket, gloves and had a scarf covering his nose and mouth. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 25 to 30 years old, and approximately 5’5” tall. "We don't have a lot of violent crime in Gig Harbor so we
definitely want to catch this guy,’ said Douglas.
Police say he didn’t just want the cash. He also asked for four packs of cigarettes in two different brands, maybe for the getaway driver who is described as a female, 20 to 25 years old, brown hair and wearing a white T-shirt.
"As he exited, an uninvolved witness saw him and also described him as possibly Hispanic or white male but did say he had a Spanish accent and said the word ‘sir’ to him as he was leaving the store."
They fled in a dark colored 2-door SUV, possibly a Kia or Hyundai.
"When a firearm is involved it raises the stakes tremendously,” said Douglas.
Crime Stoppers of Tacoma-Pierce County is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for any information identifying the suspects that leads to an arrest. Call the hotline anonymously at 1 (800) 222-TIPS if you can identify the gunman.