Would-Be Queen Anne Robber Left Trail of Clues for SPD

The news about the teenaged would-be robber on Queen Anne has been circulating the neighborhood for the past two weeks since the incident. Last week, the 17-year-old was charged as an adult with attempted first-degree robbery and first-degree assault.

On January 2nd around 1:30 a.m., 17-year-old Henry Hicks allegedly walked into the 7-Eleven at 1607 Queen Anne Ave N. He was masked to conceal his identity. According to reports, he pulled a gun and demanded that the store clerk fill Hicks’ backpack with cash. The clerk didn’t comply because he didn’t believe the weapon was real, and responded by throwing a plastic milk crate at Hicks, hitting his right hip. Hicks allegedly fired the gun and only just missed the clerk’s head before fleeing without any money.

Police responded with a K-9 team that discovered a mountain bike left behind in the alley behind the store, but the trail ran cold after a few blocks of searching.

Then, on January 3rd Hicks’ mother reported a burglary at their home, which is less than one mile from the convenience store. She told an officer that her son had found the gun cabinet in the basement open, and a revolver was missing. Since SPD found no signs of forced entry and no other missing items (including several other guns left in the cabinet), something seemed fishy. Hicks told the responding officer that he found the cabinet open after returning from a walk, which, according to charging papers suggested he had really gone to look for the gun he had dropped while fleeing from the 7-Eleven.

The responding officer to the home burglary talked with other officers who responded to the 7-Eleven incident, and a detective noted that Hicks’ description was similar to that of the would-be 7-Eleven robber. When SPD returned to Hicks’ home to question him, more details came out and eventually they served a search warrant which turned up the bike, clothing, shoes and backpack that matched surveillance at the 7-Eleven. A black .22 caliber Smith & Wesson revolver also matching the surveillance was later found in a front yard near the store, which happened to be registered to Hicks’ father.

Hicks was arrested and last week charged for these crimes.

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