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Police investigate reported gunpoint hold-up at Malden and Mercer — UPDATE

Seattle Police investigated an armed robbery involving four masked suspects overnight on Capitol Hill.

Police were called to the area near E Mercer and Malden just after 4 AM to a report of a gunpoint robbery. The suspects were described only as four black males, each wearing a black hoodie and bandanas over their faces. The suspects fled in a BMW SUV last seen northbound on Malden. According to East Precinct radio dispatches, the victims reported the group was armed with what appeared to be a silver .38 revolver.

UPDATE: According to the report on the incident, one of the victim’s was also punched in the face as the thieves took cash and destroyed a phone:

V1 said as the 4 Suspects approached the North-West corner of the intersection, Suspect 1 pulled out a silver revolver and aimed it directly at him and stated something like “empty your pockets”. V1 said a Suspect 2 approached V2 and punched V2 in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. Suspect 1 continued to aim the revolver at V1 and stated something to the effect of “do you think I’m joking”.

V1 continued by saying the Suspect 3 walked up to him and pulled his wallet out of his back pocket. V1 then said he handed Suspect 3 his Phone as well.

V1 said Suspect 3 took the phone and threw it on the ground. The phone bounced and hit V1 in the left leg causing a small cut to form. V1 stated that the Suspect 4 appeared to acting as a look out and remained at the North-West corner of the intersection.

According to the report, one of the suspects added insult to injury as he emptied the second victim’s backpack and found only $2 inside.

V2 stated Suspect 2 dumped the contents of his back pack and took $2.00 in cash from the bag and told V2 “your broke as shit”.

We do not know more details about the reported robbery incident at this time. There were no reported injuries and no arrests.

A short time after the reported hold-up, police were called to the 200 block of 10th Ave E to a report of shots fired but it’s not clear if that incident was related to the hold-up.

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