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SWAT Team Arrest

Posted on 24th June 2010 at 08:17

For the second time in two days, a local shopper was accosted by a strong armed robbery. The latest incident caused a major tactical response. Lower Columbia SWAT and Longview police surrounded a residence on 38th Avenue Wednesday afternoon where the suspect in a strong arm robbery at Fred Meyer holed up at his grandparents home. Torey Petersen, 22, came out of the house just after 3pm and shortly after plastic bullets were fired through the windows of the home. Petersen was arrested for first degree robbery and is being held on 100-thousand dollars bail. According to Longview Police, Petersen allegedly sprayed mace into the face of a 90-year-old woman in the parking lot of Fred Meyer, before taking her purse and fleeing the scene. Petersen then went to his grandparents home. Police followed and stopped all inbound traffic on Cottonwood Street and also at 38th Avenue and Ocean Beach Highway. Residents in the area were advised to remain inside their homes while the negotiations to get Petersen out continued for close to two hours. A nearby daycare center was also locked down. The robbery itself took place around noon. The 90-year-old woman was shaken up, but not seriously injured. This incident comes after Tuesday’s robbery attempt at the Kelso Safeway store where an Aberdeen man pushed a woman down and took her wallet. Travis Leach, 31, was found in nearby bushes and was taken into custody on charges of first degree robbery.