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Charge: Teen shot Seattle clerk over $17 worth of beer

Charge: Teen shot Seattle clerk over $17 worth of beer
A robbery suspect identified by police as Julius Haywood, Jr., pictured at a First Hill gas station. Prosecutors contend Haywood shot the store clerk after stealing a 12 pack of beer. (Photo: Seattle Police Department)
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SEATTLE - King County prosecutors have charged two men accused in a gunpoint beer robbery on Seattle's First Hill.

In charging papers, prosecutors claim 18-year-old Julius Haywood Jr. shot a clerk who tired to catch him after he stole $17 worth of beer. Raymond Wilford, 25, is alleged to have driven Haywood, his cousin, to and from the robbery.

At 8:10 p.m. on Dec. 6, Haywood walked into a 76 gas station in the 600 block of Terry Avenue and grabbed a 12 pack of Heineken, a Seattle detective said in charging papers.

With the store manager in pursuit, Haywood ran from the store carrying the beer, the detective continued. Haywood is alleged to have turned, raised a pistol and shot the clerk in the foot.

The gunshot shattered bones in the clerk’s foot, the detective continued. According to charging papers, Haywood then fled from the area with Wilford’s help.

Several witnesses saw portions of the chase and getaway. The men were caught on video surveillance at the store; apparently, they spent an hour outside the store before the theft.

Haywood and Wilford were identified as suspects later that night. Haywood was arrested Dec. 10 in Seattle, while Wilford was arrested later that day in Kent.

On Friday, prosecutors charged Haywood with first-degree robbery. Wilford has been charged with rendering criminal assistance; both remain jailed.
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