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Police: Employee ties up manager, robs Seattle strip club

December 28, 2019 GMT

SEATTLE (AP) — A man who arrived in Seattle a couple of weeks ago used a fake name to get a job at a strip club, then used his insider knowledge of the business to bind the manager with duct tape and steal $3,000 — much of it in $1 bills — at gunpoint, according to King County prosecutors.

The Seattle Times reports it took Seattle police detectives three days to organize a surveillance and arrest operation at a downtown apartment building and uncover Tyre Johnson’s true identity after the Dec. 15 robbery at Kittens Cabaret in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, charging papers say.

Johnson, 31, has been charged with kidnapping and robbery. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The charges filed Monday note he has previously been arrested in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and had what appeared to be an identification card issued in Texas.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Christian Brown wrote in charging papers that Johnson had only been in Washington for two weeks and during “that time period the defendant methodically set up his plan for this violent kidnapping and robbery.”