Two businesses held up at gunpoint

This sketch, released by the Issaquah Police Department, is a rendering of the man who police say robbed the Lover
This sketch, released by the Issaquah Police Department, is a rendering of the man who police say robbed the Lover's store on E. Lake Sammamish Parkway on Friday, July 24.
— image credit: Courtesy of the Issaquah Police Department

Twice in the last week local businesses were robbed at gunpoint in Issaquah.

Last Friday, the Lovers adult store on E. Lake Sammamish Parkway was robbed in the afternoon. The Issaquah Police Department released a sketch of the suspect in the Lover's robbery. Anyone recognizing the man is urged to contact police.

And on Tuesday evening, the Emerald City Sun Tanning center, in the Town and Country Square shopping center at 1175 NW Gilman Blvd., was robbed at gunpoint.

An Emerald City employee said at approximately 9:37 p.m. a man entered the business acting as a potential customer.

According to a report by Issaquah Police, the man then displayed a handgun, demanded cash and ordered the employee to the rear of the business.

The suspect then fled in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 30 and 35-years-old, is 6 feet tall, medium build and approximately 180 pounds, with short dark hair.

He was wearing a dark baseball hat, black T-shirt and camouflage, knee length shorts at the time of the incident, according to the police.

Police searched the area, but were unable to locate the suspect. Commander Scott Berhbaum said officers processed the scene and are waiting to see if they get any more information from those tests. The tanning center continues to be open for business.

Last week Lovers, an adult toy and lingerie store at 5614 E. Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, was allegedly the scene of an armed robbery.

At approximately 2:32 p.m. on Friday, July 24, Issaquah Police responded to the store after a report of an armed robbery that just occurred.

Witnesses said the suspect, who was in the store earlier, came back into the store and produced a black handgun and demanded cash.

The suspect fled the scene northbound.

Police conducted an area check with assistance from the Normandy Park Police Department K9 unit.

The suspect was not found but a sweat shirt and cap believed to have been worn by the suspect were located across the street in a parking lot.

The suspect is described as a white male, 20-25 years old, 5 foot 10 inches to 6 feet tall, heavy build, with bushy eyebrows, cleft chin, 2-3 day growth of facial hair, wearing a dark knit cap, grey sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Questions or information can be directed to Commander Conrad or Detective Sergeant Porter with the Issaquah Police Department at 425-837-3200.

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