Two arrested for armed robbery on College Hill

Chad Sokol | Evergreen reporter

Two men robbed a woman at gunpoint Monday morning at her home in the 800 block of Northeast Michigan Street, according to a report by the Pullman Police Department.

Police arrested two male suspects, Daraaraa Waqo, 22, and a 17-year-old, less than two hours later in the parking lot of the Walmart at 1690 S.E. Harvest Drive. The report indicated both suspects provided home addresses in Seattle.

Police initially detained seven individuals in two vehicles. Another was found inside Walmart and ran from officers, but was caught in the parking lot and detained.

The 37-year-old victim reported two African American men broke into her home and robbed her of a laptop, a cell phone and a wallet containing credit cards.

The victim’s credit card company notified her shortly after the robbery that her card was being used. According to the report, a friend confirmed individuals matching the suspects’ descriptions bought a large number of gifts from the Walmart.

The victim’s next-door neighbor reported finding the suspects on his property prior to the robbery. Another resident reported a suspicious light gray vehicle in the area.

Both suspects were arrested on suspicion of First Degree Robbery and First Degree Burglary, both Class A felonies. Waqo will be transported to Whitman County Jail.

The report indicated the 17-year-old will likely be transported to Martin Hall Juvenile Detention Facility in Spokane.

The WSU Police Department provided manpower assistance throughout the investigation.

Police are preparing search warrants and investigating possible connections to a number of other crimes that have occurred since Oct. 31, including a robbery involving a handgun with similar suspect and vehicle descriptions.