CRIME WATCH UPDATE: Phone-grab robbery, inside Delridge store

(WSB photo)

8:39 PM: The Seattle Police/Fire response in the 5200 block of Delridge Way SW is for a person who reported being hit by four people who then took off with the victim’s phone. So far, the robbers have been described over police radio only as four black males in their early 20s, all wearing dark hooded sweatshirts and blue jeans. No further information yet.

8:53 PM: A police officer still at the scene tells us the victim was an “adult male,” taken to the hospital by private (AMR) ambulance to be checked out. No additional details about the circumstances or the robbers; no one in custody so far.

UPDATED THURSDAY AFTERNOON: Just obtained the narrative from police. The robbery actually happened inside the mini-mart. We can’t tell because of redaction, though, whether the victim was an employee or customer. The narrative says the victimm told police that the four robbers – description the same as what we reported last night – “had walked in the store and began demanding his phone … there was a struggle between him and one of the males … the males began to hit him in the chest with their fists … one … then grabbed his cellphone, which was in his left hand, and ripped it out of his hand.” That, the victim told police, broke his left pinky finger and injured his left ring finger. The victim told police he continued struggling with the robbers and they threw him against the store’s front door, then left, got into a gold Toyota Camry, and left southbound on Delridge. They might also have stolen some grocery items, he said.

10 Replies to "CRIME WATCH UPDATE: Phone-grab robbery, inside Delridge store"

  • Sam-c February 15, 2018 (7:02 am)

    Do you know if the criminals were on foot or in a car?  Also, is there an incident number? Hope the victim is okay

    • WSB February 15, 2018 (7:07 am)

      There was an early mention of a possible vehicle but then when the updated description (which added the clothing detail) was broadcast, no car was mentioned. I’m requesting the report when the SPD media office opens today. Tweets by Beat shows the incident # (which usually lags a few hours behind the actual incident reporting time) as 2018-056466.

  • Me February 15, 2018 (10:41 am)

    Tracy, your email seems to be bouncing back.

  • Hpres February 15, 2018 (2:22 pm)

    Shoot I think I saw that car stop in front of my house briefly last night on 14th ave sw . after the fact I was reading this I was thinking it may have been them based on the timing and description they were changing clothes or wiping something down and also left a bunch of garbage in the street then sped off didn’t get a plate I was almost going to call the cops just because it seemed suspicious. It was a gold Toyota early 2000s late 90s model they then headed south toward white center with 4 occupants wearing hoodies and jeans. 

  • Puget Ridge February 15, 2018 (8:46 pm)

    The number and description of suspects sound vaguely similar to the below from last month (armed robbery that concluded with a neighbor in Puget Ridge being pistol whipped):

    Perhaps there’s no connection, but four suspects,  violent infliction of a non-lethal injury for a small value gain, along with fleeing in an old sedan, are at least commonalities.

    Though it doesn’t sound like we know whether the Delridge guys were armed?

    • WSB February 15, 2018 (9:15 pm)

      No weapon seen/suggested, which is why it was classified as a strong-arm robbery rather than armed robbery.

  • The real big poppa February 15, 2018 (9:20 pm)

    Maybe the block needs a community block groups that patrol the blocks in groups of 10 people, Incase of these simple to solve issues and helps the police until the area is cleaned up. 

    Might be more effective that gossiping about it online 

    • WSB February 15, 2018 (9:27 pm)

      Actually there was a neighbor-initiated community-safety meeting in this area just a few weeks ago. We previewed it here and also published a short report afterward; the organizers also published their own long recap. Were you there to help them take action?

      • Matt February 16, 2018 (8:24 am)

        I find it unprofessional when you guys make snarky comments to people like this.  I see you doing it all the time. 

        • Ws resident February 16, 2018 (3:14 pm)

          Agreed!  It’s happening often especially with differing political views.

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