A distinctively large robbery suspect armed to the teeth and well-equipped for urban transportation held up a victim
at E Pine and Harvard in the 1700 block of Broadway late Monday night.
According to police radio dispatches, the armed robbery happened just before 11:30 PM and involved a suspect of unusual size who was armed with a bicycle, local knowledge of the Metro bus system, an apparent .22 caliber hand gun and a 15-inch knife. Or, as the SPD dispatcher said, “That’s not a knife — that’s a machete.”
The suspect, described as a black male, around 5’8″ and 250 to 300 pounds, wearing a white baseball cap, tan jacket and blue pants and pushing a red or blue bicycle, held his victim up, tucked away his weaponry and proceeded to catch
Route 60. UPDATE: The preliminary report indicates the suspect fled on a Route 50 bus.
According to police radio dispatches, officers were unable to locate the suspect once they were able to pin down which bus he had apparently loaded his bike onto before escaping. A man matching the suspect’s description reportedly exited the bus farther south
on Broadway near James near Harborview.
The victim was apparently uninjured and was able to flee to E Pine and Harvard and call 911 by borrowing a passerby’s phone. We have no further details on anything else that was stolen in the rip-off.
While the suspect’s details are relatively thin, his size does match the description of this armed robbery suspect who managed to pull of two hold-ups on First Hill and Capitol Hill earlier this month.