A 21-year-old community college student was charged today in connection with Saturday’s attempted robbery at a North Seattle Kmart in which he allegedly shot the store manager.
Matthew Bateman, 21, was charged with with second-degree assault and first-degree attempted robbery. He remains in King County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for March 14.
According to police, the manager of the store held Bateman on the floor until police arrived, even after being shot in the chest with a 9 mm handgun.
The store, at 13200 Aurora Ave. N., had just closed and employees were taking money to a safe in the back of the store when they were confronted by a masked gunman who demanded cash, according to a probable-cause statement. The manager scuffled with Bateman until he dropped the handgun, which was grabbed by another employee, police said.
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Bateman, who lives in Lake Forest Park with his parents about four miles east of the Kmart store, is a student at Shoreline Community College, according to the statement. He does not appear to have a criminal record.
The victim, a man in his 50s, is listed in serious condition in Harborview Medical Center’s intensive-care unit.