Suspect arrested in February 2020 for the homicide of an Edmonds 7-11 store employee

Nagendiram Kandasamy

Edmonds Police detectives booked a 26-year-old Auburn woman into Snohomish County Jail for the February 21, 2020 homicide of Nagendiram Kandasamy, who was shot while working at an Edmonds 7- 11 on Highway 99.

An armed assailant burst onto the scene and jumped onto the counter, shooting Kandasamy and killing him. According to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Josh McClure, the woman arrested on Wednesday, had previously been taken into custody during a search warrant operation on March 15, 2020 in Enumclaw. The woman was incarcerated for first degree murder and attempted first degree robbery.

Additionally, detectives will recommend charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm for a 25-year-old Enumclaw man who is currently being held on non-jail-related charges. of Pierce County. This suspect had also been taken into custody during the March 2020 operation.

Detectives worked closely with the Snohomish County District Attorney’s Office throughout their investigation and McClure said the complex case “involved countless hours of work, including search warrants and the forensic analysis of the evidence”.

Although the COVID pandemic crisis provided some limitations or delays, the case remained the highest priority for the Edmonds Police Department, McClure said. Edmonds Police have sought the assistance of the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force, which has been working extensively to locate the suspect. On April 6, Auburn police located and arrested the suspect during a traffic stop.

“The act of cowardice that took Mr. Kandasamy’s life has left a profound impact on his family and our community,” said Edmonds Police Chief Michelle Bennett. “From its earliest moments, the women and men of Edmonds PD worked tirelessly to build this case and remove a violent suspect from the streets. While our detectives conducted the investigation, they had the assistance of several partners charged of law enforcement. It was a total team effort.

“We will continue to work with the DA’s office to support their prosecution of dangerous suspects,” McClure said. “These arrests and charges are not a conclusion, but they bring us closer to justice for the Kandasamy family.”

If the public has any information about this case, please contact [email protected] or the Tip Line 425-771-0212