On Thursday, November 7, Hoquiam officers were called to an armed robbery when a 49 year old Hoquiam woman said that a man stole her purse. According to the woman, the man pulled a knife out of his pocket and ripped the purse from her hands.
The robbery forced a brief lockdown of the Grays Harbor YMCA.
In the search for the suspect, detectives learned that a neighbor had called the woman just prior to the robbery, asking where she was. The neighbor was arrested on an unrelated misdemeanor warrant and booked into the City Jail. During interviews, police learned that he had not only called the victim, but apparently had been assisting her with selling prescription pain medication.
Detectives talked to the woman and confirmed that she had been selling her pills, and that she not only knew the man who robbed her, but knew where he lived.
Detectives were able to get a search warrant for a home in the 2100 block of Broadway Ave in Hoquiam.
Officers learned that the suspect was wanted for the armed robbery and was already out on bail regarding another HPD case, facing five to six years in prison if convicted.
The warrant was served and six people inside the home were detained, including the robbery suspect. During the search, detectives recovered heroin, drug packaging, cash and prescription pills.
Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers said, “I am very proud of the work of our officers and detectives in solving this robbery so quickly, especially once we learned the rest of the story. At the same time, this drug house has been shut down, hopefully for good. Targeting drug dealers and locations is one of our three department Focus Points.”
The suspect, a 35-year old Hoquiam man, was booked into Grays Harbor County jail on pending felony charges.