Three individuals were arrested on Nov. 25 for allegedly robbing a woman and attempting to rob a convenience store. The woman was robbed at gunpoint in Auburn on Nov. 24 as she was driving home from work. According to reports, a white Ford Explorer approached her vehicle from behind, repeatedly accelerating and then backing off. As a the victim slowed down to let the Explorer pass, her vehicle was rammed, causing it to leave the road. After blocking her car, two men approached her vehicle and stole her cell phone, wallet and purse at gunpoint.
As deputies arrived, the suspects were nowhere to be found, although their Explorer had crashed into a ditch nearby. The deputies recognized the vehicle as one that was previously used in the attempted robbery of a West Seattle store. Two men had entered the store to rob it on Nov. 23 but were scared off when the clerk pulled out his own gun. He is reported to have told the would-be robbers that his gun was bigger than theirs.
Deputies received a break in the case the next day when a caller said suspicious people had come to his door asking for water to put in their disabled car. When the deputies investigated, they discovered three people wearing dirty, torn clothing, and covered in scratches. Apparently, they had spent the night hiding in the woods after crashing their car.
One of the suspects was reported to be a pregnant woman who claimed she had no knowledge that the men intended to rob anyone. She said she was trying to sleep when the victim's car was cut off. The suspects, some of whom have prior convictions including theft and possession of marijuana, are charged with various counts of felony theft and attempted robbery.
Source: KOMO, "Charges: 'Bigger gun' robbers hid overnight in woods with pregnant woman", Michael Harthorne, December 04, 2013