An 18-year-old was taken into custody early Sunday morning in another last-call street robbery in Pike/Pine.
According to police, a group of male suspects jumped the victims in the parking lot above the Harvard Market QFC just before 2 AM. A victim told police he was punched in the face and had his wallet stolen by a group of five to six males. CHS does not have description information for the suspects though one was reportedly wearing a white Seahawks jersey and had long hair.
As police fanned out in the area, a group was contacted on Harvard between Pike and Pine, according to East Precinct radio. The suspect was identified and taken into custody. He is jailed for investigation of robbery.
The victims were treated for their injuries by Seattle Fire. The victim’s wallet was not recovered.
During the search for the suspects, police received reports of a single gunshot heard by several witnesses on the north end of Cal Anderson Park. No damage was reported and police did not find a disturbance in the area.
Sunday’s arrest follows a small burst of street robbery activity this week on Capitol Hill including an incident early Saturday morning near Summit and Howell in which the suspect opened fire, hitting a victim who was trying to get his phone back after being robbed and, police say, also striking one of his accomplices.
Responding to concerns from area businesses, SPD has rolled out Pike/Pine emphasis patrols on Friday and Saturday nights to help deal with the swell of people who come to take part in the neighborhood’s booming nightlife scene.
Here is the preliminary report from SPD on Sunday morning’s arrest:
Officers arrested a suspect in a strong-arm robbery on Capitol Hill early Sunday morning.
Police were alerted to the robbery that happened in a parking lot near Broadway and Pike St shortly before 2 AM. The roughed up victims told officers several men began accosting them trying to demand their wallets. When the victims balked, the attackers summoned help and an additional group of suspects joined the fray punching the victims and eventually stealing a wallet from one of them.
With patrol officers and nightlife emphasis foot-beat officers in the area gang detectives quickly located a possible suspect seen running from the direction of the crime. The detectives arrested the 18-year-old man after a victim confirmed him as a participant in the robbery. Officers later booked him into King County Jail on investigation of robbery.