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Mitzi Johanknecht

Diamond heist suspects caught


(SeaTac) a diamond courier was assaulted and robbed of nearly $500,000 in diamonds this evening at a hotel in SeaTac. The suspects were stopped and arrested by Washington State Patrol Troopers in Chehalis about 2 hours later. (Case#C17005228)


Just after 6pm deputies responded to a robbery of a citizen at the Sleep Inn Motel in the 20400 block of International Blvd.  The victim, a diamond 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 diamonds.  The suspects slashed a tire on the victim’s vehicle then fled the scene in a vehicle.

About 2 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 in order to search for and recover the diamonds that are believed to be in the suspect vehicle