Armed robbery suspects arrested in Pasco, may be linked to string of burglaries
PASCO, Wash. — Pasco police have arrested two armed robbery suspects who may be linked to a string of burglaries Tri-Cities coffee stands.
Angel Paredes-Ibarra, 18, of Finley and a 16-year-old Pasco male are both being held in custody on investigative holds for first-degree assault, felony harassment and two counts of armed robbery.
The suspects are accused of setting up a deal on social media app Snapchat to sell marijuana to two males near 24th and Sylvester on Jan. 25. One of the victims was pistol-whipped and both were robbed of their cell phones and cash.
Then on Feb. 16, the suspects allegedly set up a deal with two people on the app LetGo to buy a cell phone. The victims were robbed by the suspects, one of which was armed with a pistol. The armed suspect fired the pistol next to one victim’s head and threatened to kill them.
They left in a four-door compact sedan.
About an hour later, just 10 to 12 blocks away, two males went to Memorial Park to meet someone selling a watch. The suspect was hit in the head with a pistol and robbed.
Then on Feb. 18, a Dutch Bros kiosk was burglarized in Pasco. Police said a male broke in and stole cash drawrs, a register and iPads. Security video shows him leaving in a dark-colored Honda Accord with black rims.
A resident reported a suspicious car parked in their neighborhood that matched this description.
The car was impounded for a search warrant.
“The 16-year-old robbery suspect has been tied to the Accord we impounded, and we currently have no reason to think it is not the De-Caffeinator coffee kiosk suspect vehicle,” police said in a Facebook post.
The suspects were arrested in connection to the robberies on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
The investigations into these cases are still active. Anyone with information should call dispatch at 509-628-0333.
Information about the meet-up robberies can also be emailed to Det. Julie Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org and information about the “De-Caffeinator coffee kiosk burglaries” can be emailed to Det. Chris Caicedo at email@example.com.
Police said anyone involved in a not-yet-reported meet-up robbery should report it immediately to the police agency with jurisdiction at the location where it occurred.