An incident that began near 10th and Pike as a man apparently stole a tip jar from a nearby business ended in Cal Anderson Park with the suspect splayed on his belly, handcuffed and yelling surrounded by police cruisers and some officers who reportedly ran blocks to the scene from the East Precinct at 12th and Pine to assist in the arrest.
UPDATE: According to the SPD report on the incident, the suspect had been smoking marijuana in front of Caffe Vita when he was asked by staff to move along. Staff said the man became angry, walked into Vita and grabbed all of the cash from the tip jar and left, $36 the richer.
According to police radio dispatches, an SPD parking enforcement officer first reported that two or three people were attempting to detain a man at 10th and Pike who eventually was able to get away and walk north to the park. UPDATE: According to the report, the suspect also dropped the cash before leaving. Minutes later just before 7 PM, a man matching the suspect description was spotted in Cal Anderson. As police contacted the man and attempted to take him into custody he struggled with an officer who called for backup, prompting the large response including the officers who arrived on foot from the nearby police station.
The suspect was taken into custody and booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.