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- Armed robbery trio nabbed: Seattle Police believe they may have arrested a trio responsible for a spree of armed robberies across the city including a string on Capitol Hill:
A woman was walking in the 10400 Block of 35th Avenue SW when a suspect wearing a white hooded sweatshirt approached her from behind, grabbing her purse from her shoulder, yelling at her “Give it to me! Give it to me!” He then pointed something at her forehead, which the victim believed was a gun. The victim screamed for help and the suspect ran off east on 104th. Moments later, the victim and a neighbor saw a car drive by them with the suspect inside. Arriving officers made a high risk vehicle stop at SW 98th Street and 35th Avenue SW and took three males into custody.
Police say a black handgun was found under the suspect vehicle’s seat.
The suspects, aged 19, 21 and 22, are being held in King County Jail for investigation of robbery. The three are scheduled to make their first court appearance Friday afternoon with any charges coming Monday. We’ll update as court documents become available with any information of a connection to armed robberies on the Hill in recent weeks involving suspects with descriptions similar to the three arrested Thursday by SPD.
CHS has reported on six gun-involved robberies on the Hill since the end of July.
The summer’s increase in violent crime in the city has forced a $400,000 injection of funds to increase patrols and increased safety measures including leaving the lights on at night in Cal Anderson Park in an effort to curb crime in the area. On Monday, Mayor Mike McGinn also appeared on Capitol Hill as a new Gun Free Zone program was launched at area businesses.
- Biker robbed: There was another apparent gunpoint robbery reported just after midnight Tuesday morning at 23rd and John. Here is the full preliminary report on the 12:45 AM incident from SPD:
- Victim bashed with bottle, robbed: A man was smashed over the head with a bottle and had his phone and $130 cash taken from him in an assault and robbery early Tuesday morning at E Union and Boylston:A witness told police he saw the attacker get into an “electric blue” pickup and leave the scene after the 4 AM incident . Police found a broken bottle at the scene and entered it into evidence.
- Broadway biz thief: A Capitol Hill frozen yogurt shop is warning neighboring north Broadway businesses to be on the lookout for this alleged thief:
Menchie’s Broadway East would like to warn other businesses in Cap Hill of a man who unsuccessfully attempted theft by getting into our back of house (BOH) to quickly snatch valuables of interest. It is believed he was unarmed and occurred 12:34pm yesterday .
After combing through the tape, it was determined that nothing was stolen of interest. A bald, Caucasian, male, about 5’8″, with arm tats and approx 175 lbs asked to use the bathroom. Instead of going to the bathroom, he quickly went right to the back of house and tried to comb through our team member lockers. Nothing was taken from the lockers and afterwards he did go to the office and try and pry through our safe, drawers, etc to find something of value to steal. He didn’t find anything and soon after, he was then spotted by a team member. He was told to get out and that we were going to call the cops. The suspect then fled. Nobody was harmed and nothing was taken but we’d just like to warn other businesses of this man.
It is very important to me to mention that our team members handled it incredibly well and we are very proud of them. Of all possible outcomes nobody hurt, nothing taken of interest was the most ideal given the circumstances. This is, of course, the first time this has happened with us. We would like to remind employees of other businesses to keep valuables locked up as we did and to keep their eyes open for this man.
- E Madison mugging: A man was mugged at 18th and Madison around 11:30 PM last Friday night, August 16th. According to the SPD report on the incident, the man was shoved to the ground by two young, black males who then stole his phone and wallet. The man attempted to report the crime at the East Precinct front desk but found it was closed. A 911 operator suggested he get medical treatment for scraped arms and a minor concussion so the man went to the hospital and called police about the incident the next day.
- Group Health burglar makes phone call, leaves: A brazen burglar is apparently making a habit of busting into Capitol Hill’s Group Health campus on 16th Ave E — for no apparent reason:Police were told the same suspect has been seen entering the facility on “several other occasions.”
- Broadway car vs. ped ends up not so bad: A car vs. pedestrian incident at Pine and Broadway last Saturday morning just after closing time ended up not as bad as first feared. According to a 911 caller, the pedestrian who was hit was unconsciousness. By the time Seattle Fire arrived two minutes after the call, however, the victim was awake and did not require emergency transport to the hospital.