A 31-year-old man suspected of robbing a grocery store and convenience store was arrested early this morning after police recognized him from surveillance footage.
The first holdup occurred at 11:25 p.m. Tuesday at Olympic Grocery, 6601 South Tacoma Way. He entered the store, pulled out a handgun and demanded cash before fleeing on foot. A K-9 team was not able to track the gunman.
The second robbery happened at 12:35 a.m. at the new 7-Eleven store, 3005 S. Tyler St. Witnesses told police an armed man ran to a waiting vehicle, which was described as a maroon station wagon with loud exhaust.
A patrol officer spotted the suspect about 2:40 a.m. as he walked into a McDonalds restaurant on Pacific Avenue. The officer recognized the man by the clothes he was wearing, which could be seen on surveillance footage taken from the earlier holdups.
Money taken in the two robberies was recovered inside a trash bin at the fast-food restaurant.