A woman called police late Friday night to report that a man had come to her door and told her he had been robbed at gunpoint at 19th Ave and E Cherry. The man, according to SPD, told officers he is a candidate running for Seattle City Council and was in the neighborhood for his campaign when he was robbed at 19th and Cherry around 10:30 Friday night.
We have not yet confirmed the identity of the candidate.
We reported last week that candidate Bobby Forch lives in the neighborhood and kicked off his campaign to unseat incumbent Jean Godden with an event at Bailey Gatzert Elementary. UPDATE: It wasn’t local candidate Forch. We just had a quick chat with him via phone and he says it wasn’t him. We’ll update when we learn more.
In the incident, the man told police he was approached by two black males in their early 20s. As the suspects approached, the victim said one of the men pulled out a silver revolver and pressed it against his stomach. The duo demanded money and jewelry. The victim told police he handed over $985 in donations he had collected while campaigning, a silver Timex watch, a silver bracelet, silver ring, and a black Perry Ellis wallet with $40 in cash inside.
UPDATE: 6/21/2011 — SPD’s Mark Jamieson would not identify the victim but tells us the name the man gave is not that of any of the men currently running for Seattle City Council.