VANCOUVER, Wash. – Two teens were arrested after three meetups to complete online deals turned into armed robberies in Vancouver this week.
The latest incident was reported at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The victim met the suspect in the parking lot of a Red Robin at Southeast 160th Avenue and Mill Plain Boulevard to complete a sale the two agreed upon through the app OfferUp. The suspect showed a handgun, took the item and fled on foot, according to Vancouver police.
A similar incident happened in the same Red Robin parking lot at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and the suspect description was comparable, police said.
Police later learned a third robbery occurred at nearly the same time as Wednesday's robbery at Red Robin. The third robbery was at a Baja Fresh across the street from Red Robin, police said.
The suspects for Wednesday's robberies were tracked to nearby Fisher's Mill Apartments, where five people were brought into custody. Two of those five, both 17-year-old boys, were arrested and booked into the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.
Mill Plain Boulevard was closed between Southeast 155th and 164th avenues for several hours as police investigated.