August 2nd, 2016 by Mike
Update Aug. 3: There is now a partial police report for ROBBERY-STREET-GUN.
Neighbors report a young woman was robbed at gunpoint this afternoon on Northeast 89th Street between 12th and 15th avenues northeast.
Several police cruisers responded, although there’s nothing yet on the Seattle Police incident response map.
According to neighbors, the young woman was walking on N.E. 89 when a foreign car, possibly a BMW, with tinted windows and red rims pulled up.
Two woman got out of the car, pointed a gun at the young woman, and took her purse, they said. The car sped off north on 12th Avenue Northeast.
Police were said to be interested in anyone with surveillance cameras on 12th N.E. that might have recorded the car.
We have a call into Seattle Police.
Tags: armed robbery, crime, police, purse snatch
February 26th, 2013 by Mike
Update: In comments, below, Miriam has provided a link to raw KIRO 7 helicopter news footage of the suspect being placed in a police car, and the victim being interviewed.
Police arrested an armed robber this afternoon after he attacked a woman on Roosevelt Way Northeast at Northeast 71st Street.
Update: From a Seattle Police news release:
Police arrested a man armed with a knife in Roosevelt Tuesday afternoon after he stole a woman’s purse. The arrest comes after a string of similar robberies in nearby North Seattle neighborhoods, and detectives are investigating whether the cases may be connected.
At about 2:20 p.m. today, police received a report that a man in a windbreaker had cut the purse off the woman’s arm and ran through the yards of several homes near Northeast 71st Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast. Officers caught up to the man and arrested him.
Detectives were already working five similar robberies reported earlier this month.
The first robbery was reported on February 2nd, by a 91-year-old woman, who said a man armed with a knife had stolen her purse as she was walking up the steps to her home near Northeast 75th Street and 39th Avenue Northeast.
Almost two weeks later, on February 14th, a robber armed with a knife cut open the back pocket of a 77-year-old man and stole his wallet near Northeast 60th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast. After stealing the man’s wallet, the robber shoved the man to the ground and fled.
On February 20th, a robber cut the strap off a woman’s purse near Northeast 72nd Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast—just a block from the scene of today’s robbery.
A half-hour after that incident, a robber armed with a box cutter sliced the strap on a woman’s purse near Northeast 65th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, cutting the woman’s hand in the process.
Finally, on February 25th, a man grabbed a woman’s purse right off her shoulder as she was walking near Northeast 75th Street and 35th Avenue Northeast, as she was on her way home from the grocery store.
All the robberies, including today’s incident, took place between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Robbery detectives are now transporting the man arrested today back to police headquarters, where they will interview him. Again, detectives haven’t yet determined whether these cases are connected, but we’ll post any additional details about these robberies as we get them.
Tags: armed robbery, crime, police, purse snatch
February 23rd, 2013 by Mike
A purse-snatcher armed with a silver knife attacked a woman walking on Roosevelt Way Northeast on Friday afternoon, police report. It was the third such incident reported nearby so far this month.
About Friday’s armed robbery, police report:
On February 22nd at approximately 2:15 p.m. officers responded to the 7200 block of Roosevelt Way NE for the report of an armed street robbery involving a knife. Preliminary investigation indicates that the 50-year-old female victim was walking southbound in the 7200 block of Roosevelt Way NE on the east side of the street. She was carrying her purse strapped diagonally across her chest when she felt tugging on it from behind. As she began to shout the purse came away from her body. She grabbed it and pulled it back toward her.
At that moment the suspect circled around her and she saw that he was holding a silver-colored knife in his hand. Seeing the knife, the victim let go of her purse and the suspect ran off with it eastbound on NE 72nd Street and remains at large. The victim was not injured.
There is no suspect description available at this time.
Police were already searching for an armed robbery suspect who cut a woman’s hand with a knife and stole her purse Wednesday about 3 p.m.
That attack, on 36th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 65th Steet, was similar to one that occurred on Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day – at 32nd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 60th Street, according to a police report.
For more details see this posting at our sister site, Wedgwood View.
Police patrols in north Seattle have already been increased after a series of four sexual assaults nearby.
Tags: crime, police, purse snatch, sexual assault
October 8th, 2012 by Mike
Here’s a crime story featuring diligent police work.
Two weeks ago a woman was walking through the parking lot at the QFC at Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast Northgate Way when, police say, a man grabbed her purse.
“A brief struggle ensued as the woman tried to hang onto the purse, but the suspect was able to pull it away and run off. Witnesses observed the suspect get into a black SUV. They also provided a license plate of the vehicle,” according to a police press release this morning.
The suspect in the Sept. 23 incident was identified, but could not be found. Robbery detectives distributed a wanted bulletin, and the 25-year-old man was arrested about 2:30 this morning by Lake Stevens police.
His SUV was impounded and he was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.
Tags: crime, police, purse snatch, QFC, robbery