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Blotter | Police search for sex ad robbery suspect, break-in adds to 21/Mercer’s jittery nerves

  • Police search for personal ad robber: Police have released this photo of a Central District man they say has robbed and beat victims he allegedly is targeting through online personal ads:

A robber, who targeted his victims through online personal ads, eluded police in the Central District last night, but detectives are hoping the public can help track him down.

Police believe David Hansen, 25, brutally beat and robbed a man in November after meeting him for sex.

In another case earlier this month, Hansen showed up to a Capitol Hill home for sex. Once inside the home, Hansen pulled out a gun and stole phones, laptops, and wallets from two victims.

Detectives are working to arrest Hansen for the two robberies, and are hoping anyone else targeted by him will contact police.

If you’ve been victimized by Hansen or know where police can find him, please call 911 or contact the Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.

No word if Hansen was involved in this recent area robbery involving a sex hook-up app.

UPDATE: According to state records, Hansen was busted in 2009 for 2nd degree escape after he failed to report back to his work release program following convictions for residential burglary. He was sentenced to a year in jail but we don’t have information on how much time he served. A King County Jail record indicates he was arrested earlier this month and spent a day locked up booked on an apparent Department of Corrections violation.

UPDATE x2: The SPD report on the Capitol Hill robbery provided additional details about Hansen:

Allegedly S/ lives with his girlfriend and a 5 year old daughter. believes S/ to be driving a White Chrysler Concord or similar American vehicle. (Unknown plate) S/ physical description is w/m 6-2ish/mid to late 20’s,
stocky (linebacker) build with close cut light brown hair. No tattoos, scars, marks seen

According to report, the robbery happened in early January but was not reported until the 15th when the victims saw reports of a man who was robbed by a suspect reportedly utilizing the Scruff social networking app

  • Boylston/Union phone mugging: Another E Union robbery was reported Tuesday night but, fortunately, this doesn’t appear to be another gun-related crime following Saturday’s gunpoint hold-up. No confirmed details from SPD but police radio dispatches detailed a street robbery on E Union near Boylston around 9:30 Tuesday night. The victim ended up with some busted glasses but we don’t know if the group that jumped him was successful in their attempt to steal his phone.
  • Summit 911 activity: The area around Summit and E Olive Way was busy with Seattle Fire and police units Wednesday after a reported morning burglary attempt drew an SPD response to the area to search for a suspect and an afternoon callout to a 1700-block apartment required a protracted medic response following a reported drug overdose. We’re following up on both incidents to learn more about the responses.
  • More bad news at 21st/Mercer: With one of the more terrible incidents in the recent string of gun-related street robberies happening earlier this month at the intersection, neighbor R reports on another bit of bad news for the neighborhood and the jittery nerves on the street:

Last night, someone pried open and crawled in a window at 3am while 4 of us (including 2 kids) slept upstairs. My wife heard them, but by the time we (warily) made it downstairs, they/he had split out back door with a laptop computer.

We live at 21st and Mercer, next door to the woman who was mugged at gunpoint last week a block away, and up street from man also mugged at gunpoint at John and 21st.  Night before last, the neighbor on the other side had car window smashed.  Feeling under siege in our neighborhood!!   Kids aren’t allowed out without escort at moment.

  • SPD search for robbery suspect comes up empty: Police aren’t yet saying if Tuesday night’s SWAT stand-off in the Central District is related to the armed robberies that have been occurring in the area but they have confirmed that they were attempting to contact a 25-year-old robbery suspect who slipped away and escaped. Our sister site Central District New has more on the search.  UPDATE: Police have confirmed their search involves a suspect from a different set of robberies. See top item on this post.

The suspect descriptions in the armed robberies have varied to some degree and SPD has not yet said if it believes any of the incidents are related. The suspect has been described as a black male in his teens or 20s, possibly with cornrow-style hair and carrying a silver pistol. In one incident, he is reported to have attempted to pull the trigger only to have the gun not fire, in another, the victim said her assailant chambered a round in threat as he stole the woman’s purse.

On January 18th a Seattle Central Student was ‘fondled’ by a ‘homeless’ man while waiting for the bus outside of the Broadway Edison building says a campus crime report. The report does not indicate the time of the event but the man was later arrested by Seattle Police in a bathroom in the Broadway Edison building.

  • Community anti-crime meeting: The EastPAC community anti-crime group meets Thursday to discuss neighborhood crime with the East Precinct:

    Also on the agenda is Sgt Joe Fountain, who will give an overview of the SPD Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) and the 40-hour training given to officers. This is a critical focus, as mental health issues are increasingly prevalent among those engaged in criminal activity.

    We will also feature a representative from the Robbery Unit, who will discuss street robberies and how to prevent this from happening to you.

    There will be a lot of important information available at the meeting, so please plan to attend! Let’s all engage in proactive efforts and preventative measures to keep our communities safe!

    EastPAC Community Meeting
    Thursday, January 24th, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
    Room 142, Chardin Hall, Seattle University
    1020 East Jefferson
    -Enter campus at 11th and Jefferson; park free in front on building

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7 thoughts on “Blotter | Police search for sex ad robbery suspect, break-in adds to 21/Mercer’s jittery nerves

  1. I feel bad for all the victims, and I’m so glad CHS posts these incidents. Through this blog, I found out that someone got mugged at my usual bus stop recently. I sometimes carry pepper spray, but I’ve been doing so more lately.

    You’re doing us all a great service, so thanks.

  2. Thank you for posting the link to the EastPAC meeting tonight, Thursday, at 6:30 PM. We will be hosting a representative from the SPD Robbery Unit, who will give an update on these incidents and answer your questions and address your concerns.
    Hopefully many of you can make it!
    -Stephanie Tschida, Chair

  3. I’m sorry for the folks whose home was violated and those that were mugged.. This recent activity is unnerving.
    I live several blocks away and hope I discourage thieves by keeping my blinds adjusted so someone can’t see in , but not like I’m not home, and a radio playing during the day.
    Nowadays, when I walk for pleasure or errands, I bring a wallet with some form of ID and enough cash for purchases and that’s it.
    If someone has a weapon, I will give them what I have, it isn’t worth the risk.

  4. Agreed- other news outlets don’t often report this sort of crime (I’m looking at you, Seattle Times) and it’s good to know what’s happening in the hood. Thanks for your great work.