A 22-year-old man was arrested when he left his gun behind after a visit to the restroom at the newly opened Lookout on Bellevue Ave, according to a Seattle Police Department report.
Witnesses in the report said they believe the man and his accomplice were casing the bar for a possible robbery when they entered the Lookout around 4:40 PM on July 1. Witnesses said one man looked around the bar nervously as the other asked to use the restroom. A bar employee asked the waiting man for his ID. He said he didn’t have one and was asked to leave. When the other man returned from the bathroom, both men left the bar.
But one had left something important behind.
According to the report, the Lookout employee entered the restroom and found what appeared to be an old, rusted .380 semiautomatic pistol on the bathroom counter just to the left of the sink. The employee removed the weapon and called 911.
Meanwhile, the two men had returned to the Lookout. The first man asked about the bar menu and then re-entered the restroom. While the Lookout staff waited for police officers to arrive, the men took turns going into the bathroom to look for the gun, witnesses said.
The men were stopped leaving the bar by responding officers after the two had been going in and out of the bathroom for about 15 minutes, according to the report.
One man was arrested for carrying a weapon in a public place. The report says the firearm turned out to be an air gun.