Police: Victim invites robber's friend back to hotel room
SEATTLE -- After having her cellphone stolen following a concert in Pioneer Square, a woman invited the robber's friend back to her hotel room, only realizing later what a dangerous idea that was, according to the Seattle Police Department.
According to the police report for the incident, the victim was walking in the 600 block of Second Avenue between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. last Sunday when a group of men standing nearby started making her nervous.
She later told officers she got out her cellphone and pretended to be asking for directions when one of the men grabbed it out of her hand and ran off.
According to the report, the victim told one of the other men in the group to get her phone back. Somehow that request translated to the man getting in a cab with her and going back to her hotel.
The man called the robber from the victim's hotel room and told him to bring the victim's phone back. And, a short time later the robber called from the lobby, telling the victim to come get her phone, according to the report.
The victim told officers the robber was with five other men in the lobby and told her to come around the corner to his car to get her phone back.
But, the victim's friend advised her not to go with the robber to his car. The victim agreed and went back up to her room.
According to the report, officers arrived to find the victim visibly shaken realizing the danger she may have put herself in by bringing one of the men to her hotel room. She told officers she was scared what the robber's intent was by asking her to come to his car.
A hotel employee told officers the men left in a white Chrysler that resembles the new Washington State Patrol cars. It had a wing on the back, tinted windows and rims, and he often sees it parked in Pioneer Square, especially weekend nights.
The victim told officers both the robber and the man she brought back to her room were extremely altered on drugs, alcohol or both.
It is possible the men were captured on the hotel's surveillance cameras.