West Seattle Crime Watch: Holdup attempt leads to arrest

A man arrested in West Seattle early today is a suspect in two street robberies – one here, one in Capitol Hill – according to police, who are still seeking a second suspect. From the report published on SPD Blotter this afternoon by Det. Jeff Kappel:

At approximately 1:00 a.m. this morning the two female victims, 26 and 27 years of age, were walking in the area of Delridge and Genesee when they were confronted by two black male suspects. One asked for a cigarette which the victims didn’t have. Both victims continued walking. A couple seconds later they were approached from behind by one of the suspects. This time he was armed with a handgun and demanded their purses.

At the same time a witness was leaving his house to walk his dog and interrupted the robbery, causing the suspect to run off. The witness and the victims chased the suspect and observed him enter a waiting vehicle driven by a second suspect at 25th and Genesee.

The vehicle sped off, but the victims and witness got a good description of the vehicle that they passed on to 911.

Responding officers located the suspect vehicle parked in the 2300 block of SW Brandon Street. One suspect was standing next to it with the trunk open. He was detained and the victims were brought by for a show-up. The detained suspect was subsequently identified as the driver of the suspect vehicle that had fled the scene a short time earlier.

The suspect was placed under arrest and was discovered to have in his possession property belonging to both female victims. The suspect was also in possession of property belonging to the male victim from the Capitol Hill armed robbery committed 30 minutes earlier. Officers contacted the Capitol Hill victim whose suspect description was similar to one of the suspects currently under arrest. Upon further investigation officers recovered a handgun from the suspect’s vehicle.
Robbery detectives responded to the scene to assist and interview the suspect.

The 25-year-old male suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.
His vehicle was impounded and taken to the evidence garage to be processed for forensic evidence.
One armed robbery suspect remains at large. Anyone with information about this suspect or who may know his identity or whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535. Anonymous tips are welcome. This remains an active and ongoing robbery investigation.

Here’s what SPD Blotter had published earlier about the Capitol Hill robbery.

7 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Holdup attempt leads to arrest"

  • eric1 July 29, 2012 (4:55 pm)

    Now lets see if they actually add 10 years to the jail time for using a firearm while committing a crime. But, I won’t hold my breath even if the Feds say they will help.
    If they kept criminals in jail, they wouldn’t re-offend.

  • Heather July 29, 2012 (7:28 pm)

    The witness and the victims chased an armed suspect…? Could have very easily been a different headline.

  • MB July 29, 2012 (9:29 pm)

    Scary!! I can’t imagine dealing with this. West Seattle sucks. Im ready to move away. Pathetic how bad its gotten in this area and all over the world.

  • Jessy Waylon July 29, 2012 (10:11 pm)

    Yeah, not smart to chase someone who has a gun….

  • LivesInWS July 30, 2012 (7:48 am)

    Hey! It worked out. Bravo!

  • The Original MB July 30, 2012 (10:12 am)

    Yikes, this is right where I grew up and where my mom still lives. So glad no one was hurt and that at least one suspect was caught AND that they were able to connect him to the previous robbery. Hopefully he wont be out by next week! I hope they find the other guy as well. The amount of disgusting individuals we all live amongst makes me sick. If only there were a place where these things didn’t happen…if anyone finds it, let me know. I’m not sure such a place exists anymore. Be smart and be aware, people, you and your gut feeling are your best defense.

  • G July 30, 2012 (5:19 pm)

    This isn’t new. I grew up in WS, and Delridge has always been like this. It’s a combination of crime getting more coverage, and an influx of new residents who haven’t figured out that Delridge/Genesee isn’t Admiral/California.

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