CDN has learned new details about the armed robbery reported last week after three people arrived at suffering from a pepper spray attack on a frozen, icy Seattle night.
According to the Seattle Police report on the incident, a driver and two passengers were traveling on MLK, lost and looking for I-5 last Wednesday, the third straight night of freezing temperatures and icy conditions in the Seattle area. When they came to East Columbia, the driver told police they decided to turn east and then south on . On the frozen side street, the vehicle immediately began to slide out of control before coming to a stop mid-block.
At that moment, according to accounts related to the police separately by the three victims, the vehicle was immediately surrounded by three people. The victims said a male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt walked up to the vehicle, pointed a black, semi-automatic pistol through the open window on the passenger side and demanded the passenger’s wallet and phone. Meanwhile, on the other side of the vehicle, another male started emptying a “large” can of pepper spray into the vehicle through the driver’s window and then began beating the can against the windows in an attempt to break them. At this point, the driver was able to drive away from the scene but not before all three occupants of the car had received a face-full of burning spray.
All three were treated for pepper spray exposure after they arrived at the emergency room about an hour later around 9 PM.
According to the report, the suspects were described only as two black males wearing dark clothing and a black female. A search for the suspects an hour after the victims said the crime occurred yielded nothing.