A teenaged fugitive shows no signs of returning to Snohomish County, Washington, to face charges for a violent jewelry heist. In fact, prosecutors think he’s shopping for colleges, Seattle television KOMO reports.
Last spring two teens burst into a Sachi Fine Jewelry in Snohomish and maced a female employee, then smashed the glass cases with a hammer to grab fistfuls of jewelry.
“I remember following them out the door and feeling my head and there was blood covering my shirt,” store owner, Brad Jorgensen, told the television news operation.
When Jorgensen tried to stop them, one suspect hit him in the head with a loaded gun. He was hit so hard, that medics airlifted Jorgensen to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
More than a year later, one of the robbers is serving a five-year sentence, according to the news report. But the other suspect is in Switzerland, free.
After police arrested 19-year Aadrian Gordon, his parents—a lawyer and a doctor—bailed him out. Authorities say that’s when he jumped on a plane for Switzerland, where he is a Swiss national. That means he can’t be brought back to United States unless he agrees to it. “So is he getting away with it? He’s not going to prison here in the United States anytime,” Mark Roe, Snohomish County chief criminal deputy prosecutor, reportedly said. Prosecutors have learned that Gordon has sent for his high school transcripts from Seattle, which they interpret to mean he’s getting ready for college, the news station reports. “Our prisons don’t require transcripts to get into them and I doubt the Swiss do either. So it wouldn’t appear that he’s preparing to be incarcerated,” Roe reportedly said. While Gordon reportedly shops for colleges, Jorgenson wonders if he’ll ever see justice. “Adrian is off having a good time in Switzerland and the Swiss government doesn’t seem to care enough to do anything about it,” he reportedly said. Swiss courts will decide whether they will try Gordon for his alleged crime here. When a local deputy prosecutor e-mailed Swiss officials asking for their help, they reportedly warned him it’s against Swiss law for foreign prosecutors to contact them.