Marysville, WA – A group of unidentified armed witnesses helped to thwart thieves on Saturday, when they drew police to their location by shooting out a couple of the tires on the suspects’ getaway vehicle.
The incident occurred outside the Coastal Farm and Ranch Store on State Avenue, after two men swiped four nail guns worth over $4,000 and headed out the door, the Associated Press reported.
Six customers chased after the thieves, and confronted them in the store’s parking lot.
They surrounded the suspects’ vehicle, at which point the driver slammed into one of the civilians with the car and knocked him onto the hood.
Another customer then shot at the front tire on the driver’s side, and a third witness fired two rounds at one of the back tires.
The thieves ultimately sped away from the scene, and the armed civilians didn’t stick around to talk with police, KOMO reported.
Marysville police located the thieves’ abandoned getaway car just a few blocks away from the store.
They dispatched K9s to track and apprehend the suspects, both of whom are in their early 20s.
They have been charged with felony robbery, KOMO reported.
Playa Bonita Mexican Restaurant employee Monica Medina said she was taking a customer’s order when the sound of gunfire rang out.
“Like pow pow pow!” Medina said, recalling the noise she heard. “When I hear it, I go outside in the kitchen.”
“We had two customers and went in the back and locked ourselves in,” Brandy Sundin added.
Davin Tuninga said she was inside a nearby jewelry store when the confrontation occurred outside.
“It was weird. It was weird. All I heard was ‘bang, bang, bang’ like that and I saw a gal running to her car,” Tuninga told KOMO. “Good that they did that. But, what if there had been kids around?”
No one was injured during the incident, police said.
Investigators believe that at least two of the witnesses fired their weapons at the vehicle before it took off from the parking lot, and have asked for those people to come forward so that they can get a statement about what occurred, and totally not (but probably) have them charged for shooting at the vehicle.