Seattle Police officers found themselves boarding a Metro bus looking for a gunman on Capitol Hill early Friday morning only days after this downtown bus shooting incident.
Friday morning, police boarded the Metro coach at 16th and Thomas around 1:45 AM after the transit agency said a man matching an armed robbery suspect was possibly on the route. One suspect was detained. Earlier, a victim was robbed at gunpoint early Friday morning as he walked near 19th and John prompting SPD patrol cars and a K9 unit to fan out around the area to search for the suspect. The victim was brought to the scene to identify the suspect pulled from the bus but said the man was not his attacker.
According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the victim was held up just before 1:15 AM by a suspect he described as a light skinned black male, around 5’4″ tall with a slim build and wearing all black. The suspect brandished a pistol during the hold-up.
The robbery joins a line of armed robberies reported across Capitol Hill in recent weeks including a Tuesday morning hold-up at 14th and E Olive St. Check the CHS crime archive for updates.
Thursday, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn announced City Hall would spend $400,000 to provide additional SPD patrol resources to help quell violence in the city.