Armed robber hits North Bend Factory store

A store manager at the Factory Stores in North Bend was held at gunpoint Saturday morning, August 1. Rikkal Harstad was the only employee at Great Outdoors Clothing Company when the suspect pulled a gun and demanded the store’s money.

Harstad was unharmed but shaken up, her father, Rick Harstad, said.

The 26-year-old Harstad lives in Renton, but grew up in Snoqualmie.

A man arrested in Snohomish County by Everett police could be the same robber. He is suspected of committing a string of armed robberies in King and Snohomish Counties.

While it is too early to say it definitely is the same robber, the King County Sheriff’s Office is looking into that possibility, said Sgt. John Urqhart, the office’s spokesman.

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