A woman walking just blocks from her destination was robbed at gunpoint early Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill.
According to police radio dispatches, the woman was held up at 12th and John around 12:45 AM by a suspect brandishing a silver handgun. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 5’5″ tall and in his late teens or early 20s. The suspect possibly had an accomplice but the victim said she did not get a look at the possible second person involved in the crime.
Police cruisers rolled through the area to search for the suspect who was last seen leaving westbound on John carrying the victim’s red purse. A K9 unit was not dispatched due to the amount of foot traffic in the area.
Police found a stolen Toyota Camry parked in the area but there was no indication the vehicle was related to the robbery. Police were also looking for any possible connections to a similar gunpoint robbery earlier Tuesday night in West Seattle.
The robbery comes amid a $400,000 injection of funds to increase patrols and increased safety measures including leaving the lights on at night in Cal Anderson Park in an effort to curb this summer’s increase in violent crime in the city. On Monday, Mayor Mike McGinn appeared on Capitol Hill as a new Gun Free Zone program was launched at area businesses.
The incident is the sixth gun-involved robbery on the Hill CHS has reported on since the end of July.