Police arrest suspected getaway car driver after store clerk hit, killed; 2nd suspect sought

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Police are still searching for the suspected beer thief seen in this surveillance video.

Police are still searching for the suspected beer thief seen in this surveillance video.

SEDRO-WOOLLEY — Police arrested a 19-year-old man suspected of driving a getaway car that hit and killed a store clerk just outside of a Sedro-Woolley store.

Officers made the arrest early Saturday morning in Mount Vernon. The suspect is being held for investigation of hit-and-run and investigation of 1st degree robbery.

Investigators are still searching for the man who was caught on surveillance video stealing beer from James Market.

All day Friday, neighbors dropped off flowers and cards – struggling to understand the senseless death of a much-loved clerk.

Neighbors said the woman killed is Sophia Pak.

Police released surveillance video that shows Sophia and her nephew keeping a close watch on a man wearing a red T-shirt and Raiders cap.

Cameras caught him pulling out two cases of beer, then slowly strolling out of the store before Sophia and her nephew ran after him.

Police said shoplifters have hit this store multiple times – once where another car struck Sophia as she gave chase.

Neighbors with tips in this case are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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