New Seattle resident robbed at home within week of moving here

SEATTLE -- The Emerald City rolled out the welcome wagon for a recent Texas transplant, who was hit in a home-invasion robbery within one week of moving here for an internship at a law firm, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police report for the incident, the victim was sleeping on his couch around 10:50 p.m. May 26 when a group of men kicked down the front door of his apartment in the 1000 block of Sixth Avenue North.

The intruders forced the victim onto the floor and held something, possibly a gun or baseball bat, against the back of his head, according to the report.

The victim later told officers the men repeatedly asked him about the location of a woman and money. He had no idea what the men were talking about and told them so.

According to the report, the men stole the victim's briefcase and wallet, which contained his iPhone and passport. They also reportedly put his camera and laptop in a pillowcase but forgot to grab it on their way out.

Officers arrived to find the apartment ransacked with drawers open, the victim's sheets and mattress torn from his bed, and cushions ripped off the couch.

The victim told officers he just moved to Seattle from Texas in the past week for an internship at a law firm. He said he didn't know anyone in Seattle yet and has no idea who would target him like that.

The property manager told officers the apartment's previous tenant, a woman, recently moved out, leaving the apartment a mess. He said lots of cars and people came and went from the apartment while she was living there, signifying possible narcotics activity.

According to the report, a number of drug-related calls to police have come from the apartment in the past.

Officers determined the men were likely looking for the previous tenant and got her name from the property manager.

The victim told officers he didn't get a look at the intruders as he was face down on the floor the entire time.