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‘Strong-arm’ robbery reported in Sequim

Sequim Police were busy this Fourth of July.

After several vehicle collisions toward the end of the first week in July, one of which involved a hit-and-run of a pedestrian, Sequim Police were dispatched to a robbery, burglary and assault call, which led police to a marijuana grow operation.

Sequim Police were joined by Clallam County Sheriff’s deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers at the scene of the reported crime at the

Sequim West Trailer Park July 3.

The 9-1-1 call indicated the victim was chasing three suspects on foot and was armed with a brick. Upon arrival, officers detained one suspect as the remaining two alleged perpetrators entered a vehicle across a nearby field and fled the area.

Officers sought out the pair, later identified as Paul and Angela West, throughout the night and found them at their residence on the 900 block of East Willow Street in Sequim.

When the police arrived, the couple barricaded themselves inside their home. Officers secured a perimeter around the home as two negotiators from Sequim Police tried to coax the pair from their home.

After two hours of negotiation, an entry team of officers went into the residence accompanied by Sequim Police K-9 officer Chase. Both suspects surrendered immediately and were taken into custody without injury or incident.

After the pair’s arrest, officers allegedly found an active marijuana grow operation inside the residence with “a sizeable number of marijuana plants,” which were seized as evidence.

“Again we have another felony situation that has a direct nexus to drugs in our community,” said Sequim Police Chief and interim city manager Robert Spinks. “It points to the importance of our continuing efforts to root out drugs in Sequim.”

Sequim Police booked all three suspects into the Clallam County Correctional Facility on charges of first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and assault. The agency reported additional charges may arise out of investigation into the incident and the alleged drug find.

In other police activities, Sequim officers responded to several traffic collisions in the city.

On July 2, officers responded to a collision at the intersection of North Third Avenue and West Alder Street where a westbound Toyota vehicle was sideswiped by a Suzuki sports utility vehicle, sending the Toyota spinning backward into a parked motor home nearby. The driver of the Toyota was cited for failing to yield after a stop, as the Suzuki had the right of way.

Then, on July 3, officers responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at the intersection of Sequim Avenue and Washington Street. The driver of a Ford Taurus was headed south on Sequim Avenue and turned west onto Washington Street, striking a female pedestrian in the crosswalk. The pedestrian was able to roll off the hood of the car on the passenger side and was treated for minor injuries at Primary Care Sequim and at Olympic Memorial Hospital.

Officers located the driver inside the Hurricane Coffee shop while the female’s injuries were being assessed by paramedics at the scene, directly in front of the coffee shop.

Police report the driver, a SunLand resident, was uncooperative and that he was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

“Safe and sane applies not just to fireworks,” Sequim traffic Sgt. Ken Almberg said. “It applies equally to driving safe and sane on the roadways.”

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