Authorities with the King County Sheriff’s Department are seeking the public’s help in apprehending suspects who robbed two couriers of more than $400,000 in diamonds on Interstate 5 near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday.
According to a news release issued by the sheriff’s department, authorities are trying to locate anyone who witnessed the robbery on Tuesday around noon. The victims are employed as diamond couriers and were in town from Hong Kong selling diamonds.
The report states that the victims were driving a black Nissan sedan onto the northbound on-ramp to I-5 from South 188th Street, when another black sedan cut them off and abruptly stopped in front of them. A second unidentified vehicle struck the victims’ car from behind.
Two men wearing masks and sunglasses approached the victim’s vehicle, assaulted the driver and broke out two windows of the car. One of the suspects reached into a broken window and grabbed a backpack containing the diamonds. The suspects then fled in the black car.
One witness told police a third suspect stayed near the suspect vehicle and pointed a handgun at the victims while the other two suspects robbed them. Before fleeing, one of the suspects punctured tires on the victim’s car.
The suspects’ vehicle is described as a black, newer model four-door, possibly a BMW or Mercedes. The suspects were all described as wearing black clothing, including hooded jackets, masks and sunglasses. Both victims believe the suspects were white men because they could see their foreheads during the robbery.
Those who may have witnessed the incident or who have information are encouraged to contact the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311. You can also call Crime Stopper and remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 by calling 1-800-222-TIPS.
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