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UPDATED: Lakewood police arrest man suspected in Mexican restaurant robberies

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on May 25, 2012 at 7:01 am with No Comments »
May 25, 2012 2:30 pm

UPDATED at 2:29 p.m.

Lakewood police have arrested a 32-year-old man suspected of robbing a Mexican restaurant and trying to rob another last month.

Prosecutors charged Jordan Patrick Sullivan in the robberies Friday. He was ordered held in Pierce County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Sullivan is suspected of robbing El Paraiso on April 19 and April 27 and trying to rob Church’s Chicken on April 25. During the heists, he placed an order for food, then handed an employee a note that demanded cash and indicated he had a gun.

Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers had issued a bulletin on the robber with a surveillance image from one of the heists.

Lakewood Police Assistant Chief Mike Zaro said a Seattle police detective saw a bulletin and recognized the suspect. The suspect had been involved in one of the detective’s cases.

The Seattle detective contacted Lakewood police and provided information. Lakewood investigators put together a photo montage and several witnesses identified Sullivan as the robber, Zaro said.

Lakewood police found Sullivan at a Lakewood residence Thursday and arrested him without incident.

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