A man and his wife suspected of armed robbery in Whatcom County were arrested in southwest Washington state after leading law enforcement there on a chase, authorities said Friday.
Michael S. Enck, 30, and Brittany M. Ridgeway, 32, were arrested in Cowlitz County Friday morning on robbery warrants out of Bellingham, extraditable warrants out of Colorado and several other charges in that county, according to Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brad Thurman.
Enck, who is from Blaine, and Ridgeway, who is from Denver, are suspected in an armed robbery Saturday night at Macy’s in the Bellis Fair mall.
Enck was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine and heroin and Bellingham and Colorado warrants. Ridgeway, who was booked under the last name Enck, was arrested on suspicion of felony eluding, second-degree possession of stolen property and Bellingham and Colorado warrants.
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Early Friday, Longview Police attempted to pull a vehicle over for a burnt-out tail light, but attempts to stop the vehicle weren’t successful, Thurman said. Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputies and Washington State Patrol troopers found the vehicle on Pleasant Hill Road, but lost sight of it after a short chase.
It was later found wrecked on the side of the road. Deputies found paperwork in the vehicle that connected the couple to the Bellingham robbery, Thurman said.
Two local stores, a gas station and grocery store, were shown photos of Enck and Ridgeway – the gas station clerk told authorities the couple had been in the store within the last two days, Thurman said.
Then, a clerk at the nearby grocery store called a short time later and said the couple were currently inside.
Ridgeway and Enck were taken into custody without further incident. Enck had a loaded .40 caliber handgun and heroin on him, and Ridgeway was trying to buy items using a stolen credit card – Enck also had additional stolen IDs and credit cards, Thurman said.
Cowlitz County Sheriff’s deputies on Friday said they are working with Bellingham Police to get a search warrant for the couple’s vehicle.
Photos of the two suspects were posted to the Bellingham Police Department’s Facebook page shortly after the incident, but were removed Monday, said Lt. Danette Beckley.
Beckley said investigators were worried that the couple would learn they were suspects and flee the area. Those photos have been deleted and no longer available, she said Friday.