WENATCHEE — A Kennewick man is accused of robbing a Wenatchee convenience store with a knife, then leading police on a high-speed chase toward Stevens Pass.
William Jeromy Allenbaugh, 39, allegedly threatened a store clerk with a knife at the North Wenatchee Avenue Circle K early Thursday morning, then seized a large amount of cash and drove north. Chelan county sheriff’s deputies say they spotted Allenbaugh’s car in Olds Station and pursued him west on Highway 2 at high speed, until his vehicle was stopped by a PIT maneuver near the summit more than 50 miles away.
Police booked Allenbaugh was booked into the Chelan County jail about 7 a.m. Allenbaugh, formerly of Cashmere, has a prior criminal record, including a Cashmere arson in 2000 that destroyed four lumberyard buildings and sent him to federal prison for five years, when he was just 19 years old. He pleaded guilty to a federal charge of malicious use of fire to destroy property used in interstate commerce.
Wenatchee police say they’ll seek charges against Allenbaugh including robbery, assault, and traffic violations.