Police: Knife-wielding thief gets $5, winds up in jail

SEATTLE - Five dollars was enough to fend off a knife-wielding thief during a robbery in the Industrial District, according to police, who later found the suspect, arrested him and took back the $5.

A man and his partner were pulling their truck, trailer in tow, into a warehouse in the 900 block of South Bayview just before 9 p.m. Friday. Police say when the driver got out of the car to punch in the door code he noticed the suspect quickly approaching from a bush.

According to Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt, the victim recalled a previous encounter with the same suspect, describing him as an "aggressive transient." The victim tried to enter the door code as fast as possible but the suspect reached him before he was able to get back in his truck.

Holding an 8 to 10 inch knife above his head, the suspect demanded money from the victim. Witt says the victim handed him $5 and the suspect took off.

An officer responding to the call found the suspect at Airport Way and South Lander Street. He was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of robbery. Both the knife and $5 were recovered.