Woman robbed at gunpoint in Uptown apartment

Posted on February 6th, 2011 by Editor


A woman and her friend were robbed at gunpoint in a Lower Queen Anne apartment building at approximately 9 p.m. on Friday, February 4, according to a Seattle Police Department report. From the SPD Blotter:

On February 4th, at approximately 9:00 PM, the victim and her friend were inside her apartment in the 500 Block of 1st Avenue North when they heard what they described as a “friendly knock” at the door.  The victim opened the door and saw a heavy set white female standing there.  Suddenly, a large Samoan male pushed the female out of the way, shoved a gun in the victim’s face, then he and the female forced their way into the apartment. Once inside, the suspects began rummaging through the victim’s things in search for items of value.  The suspects took several electronic items.  As the suspects were leaving the building, a witness who apparently recognized at least one of the suspects as a suspect from another robbery that had previously occurred in the building, called 911 to report it.  The witness also observed the suspects get into a car and drive away.  They were last seen heading east on Mercer Street.

SPD officers conducted an area search for the suspects’ vehicle, but were unable to locate it. The SPD Robbery Unit was notified and responded to process the scene. No one was injured in this incident.


  • Mike

    Damn! That sucks! I’m normally highly sarcastic on this site but I’m really glad you guys posted this. Friendly knocks by strangers will be met with much suspicion! One time I had a bum knock on my door and ask for money. Another time a dude wearing a suit knocked on my door and asked if he could use my iPhone charger. He looked like he was gonna cry when I said no. And the best was a lady going door to door at the apartments with her kid saying she was collecting money for her daughters college fund- cash only! Yeah I love this neighborhood!!

  • Mike

    Damn! That sucks! I’m normally highly sarcastic on this site but I’m really glad you guys posted this. Friendly knocks by strangers will be met with much suspicion! One time I had a bum knock on my door and ask for money. Another time a dude wearing a suit knocked on my door and asked if he could use my iPhone charger. He looked like he was gonna cry when I said no. And the best was a lady going door to door at the apartments with her kid saying she was collecting money for her daughters college fund- cash only! Yeah I love this neighborhood!!

  • Yuppers

    This is the second in-apartment robbery I’ve heard about happening in the 500-block of 1st Ave area in the last two months or so. Seems to have become a targeted area.

  • Yuppers

    This is the second in-apartment robbery I’ve heard about happening in the 500-block of 1st Ave area in the last two months or so. Seems to have become a targeted area.

  • Yuppers

    (sorry for double post)

    And I had forgotten about this incident, just about 6 weeks ago, too:

    http://www.queenanneview.com/2011/01/06/queen-anne-crime-update-in-the-new-year/

  • Yuppers

    (sorry for double post)

    And I had forgotten about this incident, just about 6 weeks ago, too:

    http://www.queenanneview.com/2011/01/06/queen-anne-crime-update-in-the-new-year/

  • Laura

    My friends live in this building and this is absolutely terrifying, this shook them to their core. I live in upper QA and I hate thinking our neighborhood is becoming increasingly unsafe, but it seems to be going in that direction. It’s a shame we’re at a place where we really can’t trust anyone – I for one will no longer be answering my door unless I’m expecting someone or recognize who they are. How terrible for these girls – must have been truly traumatizing.

  • Laura

    My friends live in this building and this is absolutely terrifying, this shook them to their core. I live in upper QA and I hate thinking our neighborhood is becoming increasingly unsafe, but it seems to be going in that direction. It’s a shame we’re at a place where we really can’t trust anyone – I for one will no longer be answering my door unless I’m expecting someone or recognize who they are. How terrible for these girls – must have been truly traumatizing.

  • Tom

    How exactly does one distinguish a friendly knock from an unfriendly knock?

  • Tom

    How exactly does one distinguish a friendly knock from an unfriendly knock?

  • Mike

    One sounds like “Shave and a Haircut”, one sounds like the cops.

  • Mike

    One sounds like “Shave and a Haircut”, one sounds like the cops.

  • QARunner

    I’,m not a gun advocate but after several years of reading of escalating crime in the area we eventually purchased a handgun and a hunting rifle. If I find an intruder in my house I will shoot first and ask questions later.

  • QARunner

    I’,m not a gun advocate but after several years of reading of escalating crime in the area we eventually purchased a handgun and a hunting rifle. If I find an intruder in my house I will shoot first and ask questions later.

  • Mike

    And… You shot an Altheimzers patient.

  • Mike

    And… You shot an Altheimzers patient.

  • SPG

    Get a dog. Works better than a gun.

  • SPG

    Get a dog. Works better than a gun.