Hold-up victim says made run for it, used Siri to call police in Capitol Hill knifepoint robbery

Police are investigating after a man reportedly made a run for it and was able to call 911 with help from “Siri” after he was held-up at knifepoint and beaten on his way to a Capitol Hill parking garage early Monday morning.

According to the Seattle Police report on the incident, officers were dispatched just before 4 AM and found the victim near Howell and Harvard crying with blood on his shirt and his pants torn. The man told police he had been out at Neighbours and then went to a friend’s who lived nearby before making the walk back to his truck parked in the Seattle Central parking garage.

As the victim walked near E Denny Way and Harvard, he told police he was approached by two men — a black male with his face partially covered and a white male wearing a red hat and black gloves. The out of breath and upset victim told police one of the men held a knife to his throat and demanded his phone and wallet. The victim told police he made a run for it, was tackled, and then beaten with one man grabbing him by the throat as the other punched him his arms, legs, and face.

During the assault, the victim said he was able to tell his phone’s digital assistant to dial 911 and the suspects ran from the scene. Police searched the area but there were no arrests.

Police say the victim suffered a gash to the back of his head either from the beating or from hitting the pavement, and had cuts to his mouth, as well as having his clothing torn during the struggle. The victim was treated by Seattle Fire and initially declined to go to the hospital but was taken to Harborview after complaining of head pain.

SPD tells CHS a robbery detective is investigating the incident.


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