Contributed by King County Sheriff’s Office

A jewelry courier was assaulted and robbed of nearly $500,000 in jewelry Monday evening at a hotel in SeaTac. The suspects were stopped and arrested by Washington State Patrol Troopers in Chehalis about two hours later.

Just after 6 PM deputies responded to a robbery of a citizen at the Sleep Inn Motel in the 20400 block of International Blvd. The victim, a jewelry courier, was walking to his room when he was approached and physically assaulted by three men wearing masks. The suspects took the victim’s bag containing nearly $500,000 in jewelry. The suspects slashed a tire on the victim’s vehicle, then fled the scene in a vehicle.

About two hours later, a Washington State Patrol trooper spotted the suspect vehicle at an Arco gas station in Chehalis. The three suspects were arrested and transported to King County where they will be booked for robbery. A search warrant will be obtained tomorrow to search for and recover the jewelry that is believed to be in the suspect vehicle.

Dana Neuts

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