First degree attempted robbery charges have been filed against Ian Strawn in the blundered October 2nd street hold-up that left a Capitol Hill man shot in the stomach.
Strawn was arrested last week after a stand-off with police. According to the charging documents, Strawn was found hiding in the attic of his girlfriend’s Beacon Hill apartment building. In addition to being a suspect in the October 2nd robbery attempt, Strawn was wanted for escaping his community custody sentence for a 2007 vehicular homicide conviction.
The 29-year-old will appear in court next week to enter his plea. Prosecutors have requested a sizable $250,000 bail citing the random and violent nature of the alleged crime. Police say that Strawn denies any knowledge of the incident or even knowing the people who told detectives they were with him the night of the alleged robbery attempt.
The charging documents in the case corroborate what the victim in the incident — CHS commenter Busbetch — told us about the shooting and robbery attempt against him and a companion. According to the documents, police believe Strawn fired a pistol into the victim’s abdomen within seconds of approaching him and his companion in the 1700 block of Boylston Ave and demanding their wallet and purse. Police say the bullet passed through the Busbetch’s abdomen and was recovered at the scene.
According to police, Strawn immediately fled the scene without taking anything from the victims and jumped in a silver Jaguar driven by the man who eventually fingered the suspect for detectives. Weeks following the shooting, as the Jaguar man was being booked into jail on an unrelated matter, he told a guard that he had information about a shooting on Capitol Hill that had been featured on America’s Most Wanted.
The Jaguar man told police that Strawn asked him for a ride to Capitol Hill the night of the robbery attempt and, since he was going to Dick’s anyway, the man told police he drove Strawn to the Hill. The man said he and his girlfriend dropped Strawn off near the Olive Way exit from I-5 and went to eat. On the way back, the man told police, the Jaguar guy heard a “loud boom” and saw Strawn running. The man picked him up and learned about what had just happend on Boylston Ave and offered to get rid of the gun for Strawn by leaving the .38 caliber snub nose revolver with the man’s Yakima brother-in-law. The man told police that Strawn had said he was going to Puerto Vallarta to get out of town.
SPD had issued a bulletin in the days following the shooting asking for witnesses who may have seen the silver Jaguar.
Police eventually gathered enough evidence to put out a wanted bulletin on Strawn and he was tracked down last week in south Seattle and finally arrested after a brief SWAT standoff.
In addition to the robbery charges, Strawn also faces charges of assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. According to prosecutors, Strawn has a lengthy arrest record including the 2007 conviction for vehicular homicide.