An armed man who tried to rob a Kent jewelry store late this morning was shot twice by the store’s owner, but still managed to flee the scene and remains at large as of 4:30 p.m., Kent police officials said.
Now, police are searching for the suspect in connection with the attempted robbery of Bonaci Fine Jewelers at 302 East Smith Street.
Kent Police Sgt. Jarod Kasner issued the following press release today about the incident:
KENT, Wash. – May 4, 2013– At 10:45 a.m. this morning, Kent Police Officers were dispatched to reports of gun shots and a man seen running from a jewelry store in the 300 block of E Smith St.
Officers arrived to learn that a male suspect had entered the jewelry store with a gun in his hand. As he entered the business he confronted the owner who was armed and gun shots were fired. The male suspect then ran out of the store and fled in an unknown direction. It is unknown if he continued on foot or left in a vehicle.
The suspect is described as a black male, wearing dark clothing and a dark hoodie. He is armed with a hand gun.
Detectives are actively investigating this incident, conducting interviews and collecting evidence. The victims and witnesses involved are cooperating at this time.