East Precinct robbery detectives have seen an uptick in cases this week but, fortunately, nothing as serious as last Sunday’s early morning gunpoint robbery — and arrest — we reported on here.
- : A Friday night incident at the 23rd/Madison Safeway is a good example of the thievery underway in recent days. A man and woman duo were busted after deploying pepper spray in a failed getaway attempt after allegedly attempting to steal more than $500 in booze:
Shortly after 10:00 pm last night, store security working inside the Safeway store in the 2200 Block of East Madison Street saw a man walk out of the store without paying for over $500 worth of alcohol. The two store security employees approached the man as he was putting the alcohol into a waiting car, and identified themselves as security. The male suspect punched and bit the security officers, while the suspect’s female accomplice, waiting in the car, jumped out and sprayed the security officers with pepper spray. With the assistance of other witnesses, the store security officers were able to get handcuffs on the male suspect. East Precinct officers arrived and arrested both suspects.
The two store security officers were treated at the scene by Seattle Fire for injuries that included pepper spray exposure and bite marks. The two suspects were transported to the Robbery Unit office, where they were interviewed by detectives. After being interviewed, the two suspects, both age 22, were booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery. This remains an active and on-going robbery investigation.
- A man was reportedly “held from behind by four black males in their mid to late teens” in a phone robbery late Tuesday night near 19th and E Howell. According to the report on the incident the victim wasn’t going to call police until his girlfriend intervened because he didn’t believe officer “could do anything to get it back.” By the time officers searched the area, the suspects had disappeared. The victim was not injured in the incident.
- More: Detectives are looking at additional reported robberies in the area including a mugging at 14th/Union reported last Saturday and an eat-and-run on 15th Ave E in addition to the 14th and Howell gun incident earlier this week and the above-mentioned 19/Howell rip-off.