Police: Robber armed with pepper spray terrorizing NW Seattle
SEATTLE -- A robber armed with pepper spray and aided by a getaway driver terrorized pedestrians and cyclists in the greater Ballard area early Sunday morning, according to the Seattle Police Department.
According to the police reports for the incidents, the first robbery took place at 12:15 a.m. at the intersection of 24th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 65th Street.
The victim was riding his bicycle north on 24th Avenue and was stopped at the intersection when someone grabbed his handlebars and pushed him over.
According to the report, the victim heard someone say, "Look over here," and he was quickly pepper sprayed in the face. He then heard someone ask, "What you got?"
The victim told officers the robbers -- he believes there were two of them -- took his cellphone and bag. They reportedly left him with cuts and scrapes to his arms and the effects of being pepper sprayed.
Fifteen minutes later, another victim was walking his dog near 21st Avenue Northwest and Northwest 90th Street when a black car drove by him.
Almost immediately, a man approached, told him to empty his pockets, then pepper sprayed him in the face, according to the report. The man then reportedly slapped the victim in the face and took his cellphone and headphones.
The victim told officers the robber got into the same black vehicle he had seen minutes earlier. He said a second man was behind the while when the car drove off.
Another 15 minutes later, officers responded to a third pepper-spraying incident, this time at a bus stop in the 300 block of Northwest 103rd Street -- less than 3 miles from the first robbery.
According to the report, the victim had just gotten off the bus when a man walked up to him, pepper sprayed him in the face, and told him to give him everything.
The robber took the victim's backpack, wallet and cellphone before getting into the backseat of a black car that had pulled up and driving away, according to the report.
None of the victim's were able to describe the robbers or getaway car in any detail due to being pepper sprayed so quickly. Police believe all three incidents are related.