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Ellensburg Police: Robbery Suspect Now in Custody

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UDPATE/ELLENSBURG, WA - The Ellensburg Police Department says a liquor store robbery suspect is now in custody.

After investigating several leads and tips officers got an arrest warrant for a man in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho.

With help from the Northern Idaho Violent Crimes Task Force, detective identified the suspect as 39-year-old Jonathan Pena.

Deputies booked him into the Kootenai County Jail.

Detectives recovered clothing and a mask believed to be evidence connected to the robbery and will keep following up on investigative leads including possible additional search warrants. Pena faces recommended charges of Robbery 1st Degree.


PREVIOUS/ELLENSBURG, WA.- The Ellensburg Police Department needs your help, they're still searching for a man that robbed a liquor store Thursday night.  

They responded to a call at a liquor store on the corner of Pearl Street and Mountain View Avenue around 6 on Thursday night. Witnesses told police the suspect did point at his belt and they believe he was armed, but have not confirmed that yet.

Police did send out a K-9 unit around the neighborhood and they advised people to stay inside their homes, but the suspect was not found. However police are hoping the suspect's distinct clothing will help them catch him.

"He was wearing some distinctive clothing and that's what we want people to focus on. He was wearing white tennis shoes, jeans that were faded on the sides, and it had designer stitching on the back pockets," Captain Dan Hansberry told us.

The suspect was also wearing a grey T-shirt with a Bulldog on it and a Halloween mask. Police believe the suspect is a white male.  

The business was back open as of Friday morning and if you have any information on the suspect you're asked to call the Ellensburg Police Department.