A woman reported details of a frightening street robbery on Capitol Hill Thursday night that left her shaken and with a nickel-sized bump on her head after she says a robber put a gun to her temple and pulled the trigger only to have the weapon not fire.
Police were called to the area near 20th and Mercer Thursday just after 7:30 PM and a K9 unit was deployed but could not track down the suspect.
According to police, the woman said she got off the bus on 15th Ave E and was walking eastbound on Mercer when she heard somebody running behind her. She said she was suddenly grabbed, spun round and a black male in his teens or late 20s put what she described as a silver revolver to her head, saying “I’m going to kill you.”
The woman struggled as she said the man pulled the trigger and she could hear a click. She said the man struck her and knocked her to the ground where she landed on the sidewalk. He fought her for her purse and also ripped away her backpack before running from the scene. Witnesses reported hearing screaming and seeing the suspect flee.
The woman suffered a bump on her head in the fight but declined medical attention.
The reported robbery comes amidst growing concern about an increase in violent crime on Capitol Hill. Street robbery, however, was one category that showed some level of improvement in the neighborhood as a whole.