The CDScanner comment threads were alive with queries last night about the persistant sounds of helicopters over the neighborhood. CDNews was sound asleep, dreaming about $750,000 that suddenly showed up in a Bahamian bank account, but our friends at Seattle Crime and Capitol Hill Seattle were on the case.
First up, CHS says that a man was robbed of his backpack at gunpoint at 1:30am at 20th & E. Pine:
At one point, officers detained four men on the ground at gunpoint but it was determined the suspect was not among them after the victim was brought to the location to identify his attacker.
The victim described the street robber as an older black male around 45 years old, around 6’0″, lean and wearing a grey shirt and khaki shorts at the time of the 1:30 AM hold-up. In July, we reported on armed area street robberies but the suspects in those crimes were described as being young teenagers.
Then at about 1:45am, Seattle Crime reports that police spotted a stolen vehicle involved in a south-end robbery earlier in the week, and brought in the helicopter to search for the driver who bailed out and ran:
Police on patrol near 24th and Marion spotted the gray 2001 BMW just before midnight, and recognized the car because of its distinctive National Guard license plate. The car, which was taken in a robbery in South Seattle on August 6th, was also used in a robbery at a convenience store in the 2800 block of Graham St on August 9th.
When officers tried to stop the BMW last night, the driver pulled around a corner and bailed out of the car.
Police arrested a 33-year-old man who was found sitting in the passenger seat, and called out a K9 unit and King County’s Guardian One helicopter to help find the driver.