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Purse-snatcher armed with a knife strikes on Roosevelt Way

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.

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Woman assaulted Friday night near Northgate Mall

February 9th, 2013 by Mike

Update: Police say the location of the assault was First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 117th Street.


A woman walking home from the Northgate Mall area was dragged into nearby bushes and sexually assaulted about 7 p.m. Friday, police say.

The suspect description:

• White male 20-30 years old

• Very short (buzz-cut), light colored hair

• Medium height and thin build

• The victim described him as looking “methy” with very bad teeth, sunken eyes and a wiry build.

The victim managed to walk home, where her roommate called police. She was treated at Harborview Medical Center, police said. The investigation is open; anyone with information is asked to call 911.

We’ve asked the police for a better location for the assault.

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Rape suspect arrested in Northgate

October 22nd, 2011 by Mike

Early this morning Seattle Police responding to a reported rape in the 1000 block of Northeast Northgate Way used a police dog to find a suspect hiding in nearby bushes, officers said.

The 31-year-old man was booked into King County Jail, police said.

The victim told police she was assaulted by an unknown man about 1:15 a.m.

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