April 5, 2009 in City

Robbery suspect surrenders in Yakima

Daughter, 9, at dad’s side during Ellensburg incident
Associated Press

YAKIMA – Yakima police have arrested a father who was wanted for holding up a convenience store near Ellensburg while his 9-year-old daughter watched.

Police Lt. Tom Foley said officers took 42-year-old Robert Daniel Webb, of Everett, into custody Saturday afternoon on a first-degree robbery warrant.

Webb surrendered to police at a friend’s home in Yakima, Foley said.

Police had been looking for Webb, who was last seen eluding officers Wednesday night in Fortuna, Calif. He left his daughter at the home of an acquaintance, and she returned to Washington state Friday.

Foley said a friend tried to convince Webb to turn himself in Saturday but Webb was initially “reluctant” to do so.

“He told his friend he wasn’t ready to surrender yet,” Foley said.

The friend eventually called police, and Webb waited outside the house for police officers, Foley said.

Kittitas County sheriff’s deputies questioned Webb in Yakima on Saturday, and he was expected to be booked into Yakima County Jail, Foley said. Webb would likely be arraigned in Kittitas County, where the robbery occurred, he added.

On the video that captured Tuesday’s robbery, the robber told the clerk at an AMPM minimart he had lost his job and needed money for his daughter. Store video shows the girl in a pink coat watching as the man beside her pulls a gun and takes about $200.

Upon returning to Washington, the girl told reporters that the situation has been hard and has made her sad.

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