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Federal Way police nab sex offender wanted for armed robbery
Federal Way police detectives nabbed an escaped sex offender wanted for multiple counts of armed robbery after a standoff Tuesday night.
Detectives received a tip Tuesday that 29-year-old Stephen Paul Rodrigue was at at the Villa Capri apartments located at S. 286th St. and Military Road S. in Federal Way.
SWAT removed bystanders from the four units, surrounded the complex and after a brief standoff, a K-9 took down Rodrigue and police took him into custody, according to Cathy Schrock, Federal Way police spokesperson.
Federal Way detectives had identified Rodrigue from video footage retrieved from the 7-11 store, located at 28719 Military Road in Federal Way. He allegedly committed several robberies “snatch and grab” thefts at the 7-11 store, police said.
During these robberies and thefts, police said Rodrigue was armed with pepper spray, a knife and has used physical force. Rodriguez has also allegedly robbed pedestrians and has committed thefts at the nearby Safeway store at 28800 Military Road S.
Rodrigue is a convicted sex offender and he has an active felony Department of Corrections escape warrant.