A man told police he called the bluff of a pistol-pointing Capitol Hill street robber last night and was able to walk away from the attempted hold-up with his possessions — and his life — intact.
According to SPD, the victim in the attempted hold-up told police he was walking in the 1800 block of Melrose just before midnight Sunday when he heard somebody running up behind him. As the victim stepped aside to let the runner by, he heard a man tell him to drop his backpack. The victim turned to see the suspect holding a gun and dropped the pack.
The suspect then demanded the victim drop his phone and his wallet. The victim, who told police he was working on “self esteem issues,” said he decided to call the suspect’s bluff and tell him no and that nobody cared if he got shot.
The victim told police the suspect said he was “lucky” before letting him go and walking away southbound on Melrose.
The victim waved down a police car and told the officer about the suspect who had left the area only moments earlier. The search for a black male, 6-feet tall, carrying a grey revolver came up empty.