Officer fakes handshake to arrest robbery suspect

SEATTLE -- You've heard the phrase "don't talk to cops." But, it might be time to expand that to include "don't shake with cops" after a Seattle Police Department officer faked a handshake in order to arrest a suspect.

The officer was called to a home in the 1400 block of 26th Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. March 1 by a cab driver who claimed a man had refused to pay his $14 fare and then put him in a choke hold when he threatened to call police.

According to the driver, the man had run into a nearby house after releasing him when he started screaming.

When the officer knocked on the door, a woman answered and said the suspect was upstairs getting ready for bed, according to the police report for the incident.

The officer told the woman he would be out of her hair shortly if she grabbed the suspect for him, and she brought him to the door moments later.

According to the report, the suspect smiled at the officer and admitted to having just taken a cab home. When the officer informed the suspect he owed the driver $14, the woman standing next to him looked surprised and handed the officer a $20 to give to the driver.

When asked if he attacked the driver, the suspect simply smirked and said nothing, according to the report.

According to the report, the officer asked the suspect to step outside, but he refused. So, the officer said, "OK then; I guess we will see you later," and stuck his hand out for a handshake.

When the suspect reached outside the door and grabbed the officer's hand to shake it, the officer yanked the man out of the house and arrested him, according to the report.

The officer gave the woman her change from the cab driver, and the man was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.