Police: Amateur psychologist's theory succinctly disproved by robber

SEATTLE -- A man offered a swift counterpoint to a woman traveling the country to see if love can change the behavior of strangers when he knocked her over and took her stuff Tuesday evening, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The victim told officers she is randomly traveling around the country and meeting with underprivileged people to see if love and compassion can get them to change their behavior.

According to the police report for the incident, she met the suspect under a bridge on Monday and hung out with him for a while. They met up again on Tuesday in the International District, and she bought him coffee and interviewed him.

They were about to go their separate ways when the suspect asked to use the victim's cellphone. She let him, at which point he pushed her over and ran off with her cellphone and laptop, according to the report.

The victim told officers the suspect got into a car with three other men and drove off.

Fortunately, the suspect and victim had friended each other on Facebook the previous day, so she was able to provide a name and photo to police.