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Issaquah man charged with robbing Kirkland Subway employee at gunpoint
An Issaquah man was charged with first-degree robbery on Wednesday for allegedly robbing, at gunpoint, the Subway store in the Kirkland Totem Lake neighborhood on Sunday.
Ryan Arthur Mashek, 30, had bail set at $250,000 in King County Superior Court on Wednesday.
At about 6:45 p.m. on July 7, Kirkland police responded to an armed robbery call at the Subway store, located at 11613 124th Ave. NE, but were redirected to the Fred Meyer in Totem Lake when a witness said three suspects had fled the scene.
Probably cause documents state Mashek, described to be a white male wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt, and red and gold sunglasses, walked past the Subway entrance a few times before finally entering.
A Subway employee said in the documents that Mashek approached the counter, opened his sweatshirt and displayed a black handgun.
“… Mashek [allegedly] held the gun low, pointing it at him saying, ‘Give me the money,’” court documents state.
The employee opened the cash register and handed over several $5 and $20 bills before Mashek allegedly fled to the AM/PM across the street and got into a silver Audi A4, which drove away.
But just before the vehicle fled, a witness saw the encounter, got back into his vehicle and followed the suspects, to which he obtained their location - at Fred Meyer - and the car’s license plate number.
The witness said in court documents that he could see the suspect with two other suspects. The other suspects later turned out to be a 21-year-old driver and a 21-year-old passenger, both of whom haven’t been charged because they claim to have not known about the robbery, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
Once Kirkland police arrived at Fred Meyer, the witness described the whereabouts of the Audi and officers “converged on the vehicle and performed a high risk vehicle stop” and the suspects were arrested, the documents continue.
The witness and Subway employee “100 percent” confirmed Mashek was the robber during a field show-up.
The 21-year-old men disclosed to police Mashek was in possession of a loaded black Beretta Elite II air-soft pistol during the time of the robbery and that he had put the gun under the front seat when police arrived.
They also said they knew Mashek was arrested for robbery in the past.
Upon getting a search warrant for the Audi, police found $166 rolled up inside a bag. A black hoodie and a pair of gold rimmed, red sunglasses were in the back seat and the gun was under the front passenger seat.
Mashek was convicted of three counts of second-degree robbery in 2008 and in one case threatened a victim with a gun. He has also been convicted of a hit and run, negligent driving in the first degree and reckless driving within the last nine years.
Mashek’s arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on July 24 at the King County Courthouse.