The victim of an armed hold-up told police two men wearing ski masks pointed a handgun as they demanded a cellphone Sunday night near 23rd and Jackson.
According to the victim, the two suspects were black males in their 20s who ran northbound on 22nd Ave after the crime. Each wore a ski mask during the hold-up, the victim said.
The hold-up occurred just before 8 PM Sunday but the victim was not able to call police to report the crime until about 30 minutes later, according to police radio. A search of the are did not immediately turn up the suspects.
Of the eleven reports of street and strong arm robberies in the Central District in the past 30 days, five have occurred near the 23rd and Jackson intersection.
At this rate I shall not be using my phone in public anywhere near 23rd & Jackson for the foreseeable future. :(
And if you do, endless commenters here will say “She deserved it for flaunting her wealth!” (See previous, ridiculous thread in that regard.)
Nothing’s changed, this has always been the unspoken rule on Cap Hill and CD since the fancy phones started coming out. If you are going to shine the beacon for the moths, they are going to be attracted to it and take it as their own, just like a flame. I just wish they would die by this flame like they do in the proverbial one I compare to.
Haha, I know, I saw the last thread…I was kind of joking. Kind of. Thankfully I don’t wander around on street corners too often, but I do spend a lot of time at downtown bus stops and I’m careful there. I put my phone away if I see suspicious characters. It’s better to just read a book anyhow. I’ve never had anyone threaten to steal a book. :)
What makes somebody a suspicious character what happned to dont judge a book by his cover. We too are afraid of these suspicious characters there called police.
“suspicious character” = latent racism
as does the sentiment that people are getting robbed because they “wander around on street corners”.
Yeah, I said the R word and now everyone can get all up in arms if they want to.
There is a common sentiment on the CDN that the neighborhood should become more pedestrian oriented but then comments like LizWas’s confound that idea.
suspicious characters =
crackheads and methy tweakers and street drunks and off-their-meds mental patients.
they are easy to spot.
so those are the only people that pose a threat? c’mon spiffy you know you’re missing something.
C’mon, JB. IT sure seems like you want Spiffy (and the rest of the CD News readership) to say something like “I’m afraid of black youth! They scare me with their, you know, blackness!” It would be convenient for the strawman argument you’re building.
But when I’m walking in the neighborhood, it’s for sure the well-known crackheads, junkies, and drunks that get my Spidey Sense tingling. Kids, not so much.
There’s plenty of racism in the world, and in the CD. People *do* judge black kids (and kids, generally) unfairly. Trying to draw Spiffy and others into an knee-jerk argument about gentrification doesn’t help anyone address that racism–it just makes a parody out of a real problem.
C’mon JB those are the people I would expect to be a threat just by their appearance. Druggies are looking for quick cash and cellphones provide that. Common sense, right?
Anyone else is only a threat if they actually threaten me. And I watch out for cops too like 777 said. Bullets don’t discriminate and too many of them enjoy using force.
Are people on here really scared of police????
We all have personal biases, but saying it is racist to mention “suspicious characters” is over the top pc.
Ask Mr. Williams and Mr. Harris if they’re scared of police.
It’s rhetorical because they can’t answer you. One is dead and the other is in a coma with permanent brain damage.
Ask the Mayor who led off his CD meeting by saying SPD has betrayed our trust.
OK ….statistically are you really scared of police. Anecdotally there are examples to make one scared of anything….
I guess I’m not really scared of anything unless there’s a reason to be afraid or mistrustful.
Unfortunately the SPD and KCS have provided many reasons. SPD is currently under Federal investigation for numerous complaints of civil rights violations. KCS just cost Seattle $10 mil in the Harris settlement.
Re the off topic rant about police: I’m white and when I was a teenager and decidedly counterculture looking, and a homeless “street urchin” (thank you, owner of a U-district restaurant for that awesome label) I was indeed afraid of the police in the U-district because they took every opportunity to beat us, then lie about what we’d done to provoke a beating. They’d say you touched them when you didn’t, or that you ran when you didn’t. If you ran then gave up, they’d say you resisted just to beat you for running. Police brutality is nothing new in Seattle, although most cops in the CD – where I grew up and have lived most of my life – are too scared to get the whoopass turned around on them to actually inflict one. They save that for Cap Hill and downtown.
As for suspicious or sketchy people being avoided on the street being a racist response – come on, folks. Anyone who has lived in the city knows what avoiding sketchy folks means. A stranger is giving you way too much visual attention for someone just walking by at the bus stop, scoping you out, looking around to see who’s watching, standing too close, making weird conversation to cover closing the distance between you. It has nothing to do with race. Hell, go up to Broadway and see how many white drug addicts do exactly that sort of sketch prowl. The saddest part about all these recent cellphone robberies is that they’re mostly victimizing kids, whose mothers give them cell phones to enhance their safety, not impact it, and who haven’t yet learned to be flat out afraid of adults on the street in broad daylight.