Police have arrested the man suspected of using sex as the bait in a string of robberies including an early January incident in which he allegedly pulled a gun and stole phones, laptops, and wallets from two victims in an E Howell apartment.
David Hansen, 25, was taken into custody by SPD Friday night outside an Aurora motel after “information was received” that the suspect was staying there. Tuesday night, Hansen escaped capture after an arrest attempt in the Central District.
Police say Hansen is a suspect in a November case in which a man reported he met the Hansen for sex but was brutally beaten and robbed. Following the Central District arrest attempt, SPD provided Hansen’s photo and asked for assistance in tracking him down.
Last week, police say another possible Hansen victim came forward after reading about this gunpoint robbery involving a gay sex social networking app. The victim told police he and another man were robbed by person matching Hansen’s description inside their E Howell apartment:
The police officer’s preliminary report on the incident concludes noting that the robber used a fake name during the incident.
According to state records, Hansen was busted in 2009 for 2nd degree escape after he failed to report back to his work release program following convictions for residential burglary. He was sentenced to a year in jail but we don’t have information on how much time he served. A King County Jail record indicates he was arrested earlier this month and spent a day locked up booked on an apparent Department of Corrections violation.