Robber caught in the act
Written by Detective Renee Witt on February 16, 2014
Robber was in the act of helping himself to cash when responding officers busted him.
On 2/16/14, at approximately 2:30 a.m., the suspect entered the 7-11 store in the 1600 block of Queen Anne Av N. He threatened to assault the store clerk, who retreated in fear.
The suspect went behind the counter and attempted to pull open the register’s cash drawer, and was in the act of doing this when officers arrived.
The suspect was taken into custody following a minor struggle. There were no injuries to the officers, the store clerk, or the suspect.
The 26-year-old suspect was heavily under the influence of narcotics, and was not coherent in his responses to questions. He was booked into King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.
February 16th, 2014 by Laura
December 18th, 2013 by Laura
Local Queen Anne shop charley+may was robbed this morning, December 18, at 3:49am. The thief got away with $7500 worth of merchandise and left a broken window in his wake – shopkeeper Lauren Formicola saw the suspect in her shop just as SPD arrived, and the suspect fled.
However, the K-9 unit was called in and saved the day! The dog found the suspect in an alley, with the Charley+May merchandise.
According to Lauren:
A happy ending, save for the broken window, for charley + may, thanks to the prompt response of SPD and the K-9 skills of Ziva! She even has her own “trading card”:
You can check out more on Ziva, the only female SPD K-9, in the video that follows Ziva and handler Officer Wong (click the photo for the video):
August 5th, 2011 by Thea
We just got this note about a burglary at the top of the hill around 1 p.m. Thursday from a Queen Anne resident who wishes to remain anonymous:
Just wanted to give you heads up that I just drove past a forced entry, house robbery on 5th Ave W. by the cemetery. Police were on the scene and there was a broken window and a flat screen TV in the driveway. I thought they caught the QA robber last week? Apparently not? Or a copycat.
July 12th, 2011 by Thea
At approximately 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6 a tourist was walking back to his rental car (on the NW corner of 5th Ave W and W Comstock) from Kerry Park when he was approached by two unidentified men who robbed him at knifepoint, according to a Seattle Police Department incident report. The two suspects had been loitering at SE corner of 4th Ave W and W Comstock when the victim arrived. According to the police report, the victim told police that he felt an “innate fear” when he first saw the suspects, and almost didn’t turn onto W Comstock.
Despite his gut instincts, the suspect continued toward his rental car, crossing Comstock so that he was on the north side of the street opposite the suspects. The victim then heard both suspects cross the street behind him, shouting at him. The victim ignored them and continued on, when one of the suspects (Suspect #2) ran up behind him and grabbed his shoulder, turning him around. From the police report:
Suspect #2 shouted, ‘Give me your bag,’ (camera bag with sling). [The victim] said, ‘No I’m not giving you anything-there’s nothing in the bag’. Suspect #2 pulled a knife (fixed blade 3 inch, black handle, stab knife) and said, ‘You don’t want to risk it man’. [The victim] then gave the bag to suspect #2. Suspect #1 was standing there behind Suspect #2.
Both suspects ran off eastbound and continued northbound up 4 Av W, according to the report. The victim walked to his vehicle and drove around the area looking for the suspects, with no success. The suspects made off with the victim’s Canon 5 D mark 2 camera, camera bag and iPad. The victim flew back home later that day.
June 7th, 2011 by Thea
Two women were robbed at gunpoint while walking near Seattle Center last week. Just after 2 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, two women were reportedly walking to their car, in the 2700 block of 4th Ave, where they had turned from Cedar Street, when one of two suspects walking behind them moved in front of them and demanded they give him their money, according to the police report.
At first the two victims didn’t believe the suspects were actually robbing them, the report states, asking “Are you serious?” At this point the second suspect responded “Yes, give me your money. He has a gun,” and the first suspect displayed a handgun. Both women then gave their purses to the suspects, who ran off to the north toward Seattle Center.
The victims immediately left the area and called police. Neither victim were able to describe the first suspect in much detail. The second suspect was described as a “light skin male” wearing a dark hoody. SPD officers conducted an area check with little success. Officers checked the block for potential security cameras – none appeared at surrounding apartment buildings, and those from the Fisher Interactive Network building across the street appeared to have a blocked view.
May 17th, 2011 by Thea
At approximately 1:46 a.m. on Saturday, March 14 Seattle Police were called to the 1800 block of Queen Anne Ave N, the site of a robbery and assault. The victim was walking to her home, just two blocks away, when the suspect, described only as a black male wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and with long black hair, grabbed her purse, according to the police report.
The victim managed to dial 911 on her iPhone, but while on the phone the suspect grabbed her and dragged her about 20 feet, according to the report. The suspect took the cell phone out of her hands and proceeded down W Howe Street, however the victim was able to wrestle her purse back from the suspect before he left the scene.
A witness to the robbery told police they saw the crime unfold, but was afraid to get involved in case the suspect had a weapon.
The victim, who reportedly had scraped knees and elbows from the attack but no further injuries, declined medical attention and told police “she just wanted her phone back,” the report said. A couple of units reported to the scene of the crime and conducted an extensive area check, but were not able to locate the suspect.
May 4th, 2011 by Thea
Seattle police are looking for two suspects who reportedly held a Queen Anne resident at gunpoint while robbing her home this morning. According to the SPD Blotter, officers were called to the 1000 10 block of Fulton Street at the top of the hill at approximately 9:19 a.m. this morning, Wednesday, May 4.
The victim, a 74-year-old woman, told police that the two suspects, who she didn’t know and are described only as “possibly Asian or Latino males” in the report, entered her residence through an open back door at around 8:30 a.m. From the report:
The victim stated that the suspects had plastic ‘zip-ties’ with them, and one of the suspects was armed with a small black pistol.
The suspects held the victim at gunpoint inside her residence. The suspects went through the victim’s residence, taking a large amount of jewelry, cash and two firearms.
The victim, who was not injured in the robbery, called 911 after the suspects left. SPD officers conducted an area search for the suspects, canvassing the surrounding area for other potential victims and evidence of the robbery, but were unable to locate the suspects, or any evidence or witnesses. If you have any information about this crime, please contact SPD immediately.
February 6th, 2011 by Thea
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.
October 11th, 2010 by Thea
From the SPD Blotter:
On October 9th, at approximately 2:00 AM, West Precinct officers responded to a store in the 100 Block of Mercer Street on a report that store security was detaining a combative individual for shoplifting. According to security, they contacted the man for taking a bottle of wine without paying for it. The man refused to go back inside the store and began assaulting the security officers in the head with the bottle of wine. The security officers were able to take the suspect into custody and detain him until police were called. Police arrived and arrested the man. He was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.
April 17th, 2010 by Thea
At approximately 2 a.m. this morning, Saturday, April 17, SPD officers were called to the parking lot of a nightclub in the 2000 block of Westlake Ave N for a reported robbery, according to the blotter.
The caller stated that he was confronted by four Hispanic men who demanded money from him. Officers were already en route to this location for another robbery call with the same suspects. In that case, one of the suspects struck the victim while the other displayed a handgun.
According to the report, SPD officers arrested the two suspects, 19 and 20 years old, at the scene and later booked them into King County Jail. From the blotter:
It appears that the suspects were waiting in the parking lot of the establishment looking for people to victimize.
April 5th, 2010 by Thea
On Wednesday, March 28 a woman called police and reported being pick-pocketed at Club Diamond, in the 300 block of 5th Ave, according to a report from SeattleCrime.com.
The woman was reportedly dancing inside the club when she noticed that her phone was gone. Club staff helped the woman look for her phone, even clearing the the dance floor to search for it, though they were unsuccessful. From SeattleCrime:
The next day, when she called her phone, a man answered.
“When she asked for her phone back, the suspect began talking gang slang telling her he was a crip gang member,” the report says. The man then told the woman “If she wanted her phone back she would have to ‘suck me up’”.
According to the report, the woman then canceled her cell phone service and called police. Club Diamond has been a hot spot for crime lately, with reports of robberies and shootings being unfortunately frequent.
January 18th, 2010 by Thea
According to Seattle Police Department Detective Jeff Kappel, a man was injured in a “robbery/assault with a knife” at approximately 2:35 p.m. in Lower Queen Anne this afternoon, Monday, January 18. The only details the investigation has provided the SPD media relations office thus far are as follows:
An adult male entered a grocery store located on the corner of 1st Ave W and W Republican St (the Lower Queen Anne Safeway, though SPD did not mention the store by name) “bleeding and saying he’d been stabbed,” according to Kappel. Officers responded and concluded that he had in fact not been stabbed, but had “sustained several cuts to his face.”
The victim was interviewed, provided a suspect description to officers, and was then transported to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. With the suspect description, officers were able to locate the suspect in the area within 15 minutes. He too was an adult made who “had also sustained cutting wounds,” according to Kappel, though he could not verify where the suspect had been cut. The suspect was also transported to Harborview for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. According to Kappel, officers plan on booking the suspect into King County Jail under suspicion of robbery.
Update 1/18 11:35 p.m.: The SPD Blotter has just published the incident report, confirming that the suspect, who was taken to Harborview with non-life-threatening injuries, also sustained cuts to the face.