Police arrest suspect in bold downtown robbery

SEATTLE -- A man suspected of robbing a foreign exchange student last month outside the downtown Nordstrom, despite the presence of dozens of shoppers, was arrested Tuesday in a SeaTac hotel.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the robbery took place just after 6 p.m. Jan. 25 when a man snatched a woman's iPhone and Orca card in the store's doorway, knocking her down, while another man blocked her from leaving.

The robbers ran off, escaping the handful of bystanders who gave chase, according to police.

The store's surveillance footage gave police a good look at both suspects, and one man was arrested a short time later in connection with an unrelated crime. He was also a suspect in a number of other phone thefts in downtown and had a warrant out for his arrest, according to police.

Police received numerous tips about the second suspect but were unable to locate him anywhere.

Robbery detectives finally tracked the 22-year-old to the SeaTac Red Lion Hotel, where he was arrested in a first-floor room Tuesday.

He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

Surveillance video of the Jan. 25 robbery.