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Helicopter assists Kent Police in search for robbery suspect

Guardian One is the King County Sheriff
Guardian One is the King County Sheriff's Office helicopter that assists area police agencies, including the Kent Police.
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A King County Sheriff's Office helicopter helped search on the East Hill in Kent for an alleged robbery suspect early Friday morning.

Kent Police responded to a 911 call about an alleged robbery at about 12:49 a.m. in the 24200 block of 117th Avenue Southeast, said Melanie Frazier, Kent Police spokeswoman, in an email.

Guardian One, the Sheriff's Office helicopter, happened to be up in the air when the call came in so it assisted in the search.

"The caller indicated that he was robbed by suspects who were armed with a rifle," Frazier said. "He said they fled the area in a white Toyota Corolla. Kent Police officers searched the area with the help of Guardian One but were unable to locate the vehicle or suspects."

The man who claimed to be the victim later called in additional information to police that he was parked in a vehicle with his girlfriend and that three unknown suspects approached them. He was one had a rifle in hand but didn't point it at him or make any threats. The man told officers he ran to a nearby residence to call 911.

"The case is still under investigation, but it appears that there is likely more information that the (alleged) victim is failing to disclose," Frazier said. "As the case reads right now it does not appear to be a robbery, but more so suspicious circumstances."


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