Trouble-making Fla. man moves to Seattle, keeps making trouble
SEATTLE -- A Florida man constantly in trouble with the law was moved to Seattle by his mother in hopes it would help him. It didn't, and he has already had numerous run-ins with officers here, according to the Seattle Police Department.
Most recently, the suspect led officers on a chase all over Northgate after allegedly stealing a man's iPhone outside the mall Sunday.
According to the police report for the incident, the victim's family was enjoying a day at the mall shortly before 3 p.m. when the suspect knocked the victim's iPhone out of his hand.
The suspect picked up the iPhone and ran off laughing while the victim's wife gave chase, according to the report.
According to the report, the wife chased the suspect through the Northgate Mall parking lot and onto Northgate Way, where officers spotted her running in the middle of the street amidst heavy traffic.
Officers finally figured out the woman was chasing someone and followed the suspect past the Nexus Hotel until he ran into a nearby hair salon.
According to the report, the suspect took a seat in the nail salon's waiting room and kept an eye on officers through the window.
While one of the officers was getting the story from the victim's wife, the suspect left the nail salon and took off running again, ignoring orders to stop, according to the report.
According to the report, the suspect hid in a small cluster of condos where he was spotted by two people hanging out on the balcony of one of the condos.
The suspect told the people, "You got to (expletive) hide me," according to the report. When they refused, he was once again on the move.
According to the report, the suspect was able to elude officers setting up containment but was spotted again by the victim's wife, who started yelling.
Officers chased the man onto Meridian Avenue, where he was eventually cornered and arrested in a parking lot, according to the report.
The victim got his cellphone back, and the suspect was taken to the North Precinct.
While in a holding cell, the suspect started telling one of the officers about church and what is right and wrong, according to the report.
When the officer asked the suspect how he justified stealing to God, the suspect said he was no saint and didn't care, according to the report.
The suspect's mother arrived and told officers of her son's troubled past in Florida and her so-far-incorrect hope that a move to Seattle would set him straight.
The suspect was booked into King County Jail.