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Blotter | Overnight robberies, drive-by in the CD, Cupcake Royale tip jar theft caught on cam

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  • Overnight robbery reports: SPD was investigating three reported robberies around Capitol Hill overnight, the most serious a 3 AM mugging in Pike/Pine that left its victim with an injured hand. In that early Thursday morning incident, police were called to E Pike and 11th where a male victim bleeding from the hand said he had been robbed. Police searched the area for a suspect described as black male around 5’8″ tall and wearing a green and red shirt. There were no immediate arrests. The victim was treated by Seattle Fire. Earlier in the night, police were called to the area below the Pike overpass where homeless people camp to a report that a woman had hit a man over the head and took his property around 12:30 AM. The third robbery report was filed around 9:15 PM for an incident reported near Spring and Boylston in which the victim said his assailant struck him with a stick and unsuccessfully attempted to take his wallet around 9:15 PM. The suspect was last seen leaving the area eastbound on Madison.
  • CD drive-by: Police were investigating a Tuesday night drive-by shooting near 21st and James that left a car shot up but nobody injured:
    Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred just after 9pm Tuesday night at 21st Ave and E James St. Patrol officers responded to the scene and found a car with several bullet holes in it. Officers interviewed multiple witnesses who stated that as many as four suspects in a bright red Mercedes and a black Ford Taurus fired at the car before speeding off southbound. SPD evidence specialists processed the scene for evidence. Gang detectives responded to the scene and are investigating this case. If you have any information about this incident, please call the violent crime tip line at (206)233-5000.
    The incident follows a shooting early Tuesday morning near 23rd and Cherry that left one man with a gunshot wound to the arm, and a shooting last Thursday night at Powell Barnett park in which the male victim was shot in the chest.
  • Post office robbery account: The USPS driver held up by an armed robber Tuesday night at the Broadway post office has posted details of the incident here in the CHS comments.
  • output_qitzkb (1)Cupcake tip theft: The theft of the E Pike Cupcake Royale tip jar Wednesday night was caught on video:
    This gentleman snatched the tip jar from the Cupcake Royale shop at 1111 E Pike last night a bit after 10pm. It was in our last hour of business, so he made off with a very large portion of the day’s cash tips. When he first came in there was a bit of a crowd, and asked for a glass of water, and made a swipe at the jar while the cashier was away but backed out at the last second. When that did not succeed, he hung around for a few minutes before graciously returning the water cup and swiftly swiping the jar on his way out the door.08
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