Serial Armed Robbery Suspect Who Shot Clerk in Parkland Arrested in Lacey

Jacob Kimerer

Suspect was wanted in connection to 13 armed robberies in three counties over the past two weeks.

Lacey, WA: Over the past two weeks, an unidentified suspect committed at least 13 armed robberies of small businesses in Pierce, King, and Thurston County - including on March 9 at a massage business in Parkland, on March 13 at an espresso stand near Lake Tapps, and again on March 13 at a coffee shop in Parkland. During the March 9 robbery, the suspect shot an employee in the arm before fleeing the business.

A detective with the Pierce County Sheriff's Department reviewed the surveillance video from the robberies and observed that the masked suspect walked with a distinctive bow-legged gait; the detective remembered arresting a man in May of 2019 for an armed robbery that matched the appearance of the serial robbery suspect.

The detective worked the case non-stop since Friday and gathered evidence that directly linked the previous suspect to the current series of armed robberies of small businesses in Pierce, Thurston, and King County.

Last night our detectives arrested ​23-year-old Darryl Deandre Bush who was located at a Days Inn motel in Lacey near the scene of two of the robberies this month. Bush appeared in Pierce County court today on three counts of Robbery in the 1st degree and one count of Assault in the 1st degree and is being held on $1,000,000 bail.

Pierce County detectives are continuing to process evidence, execute search warrants, and conduct interviews.

When they searched his motel room, a gray sweatshirt and a Glock handgun were recovered. Both appear to be the ones used the in the previous robberies but await further testing.

Bush has five prior felony convictions including Assault in the Second Degree. Ironically, his last day of Department of Corrections supervision for a previous conviction was the same day he was arrested.

Another example of great regional teamwork to bring a dangerous criminal off the streets and into a jail cell.