U-District armed robberies fit pattern of Seattle's serial robbers
SEATTLE -- Could the U-District be the new target for Seattle's serial robbers?
Last Wednesday, the Seattle Police Department announced they were looking for people believed responsible for at least 10 armed robberies since July 31. The most recent robbery mentioned at that time took place in the early hours of Aug. 6 near the intersection of 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 52nd Street.
Since then at least two more armed robberies have been reported in the U-District. And, while it's not clear if they are related to Seattle's serial robbers, the methods and suspect descriptions are similar.
At 2:45 p.m. Aug. 9, a man was walking home in the 5000 block of 12th Avenue Northeast when three men blocked his path, according to the police report for the incident.
The victim later told officers one of the men, who was wearing a bandanna over his face, pulled out a gun and said, "Give me your stuff," while the other men grabbed his belongings.
The victim didn't watch the men leave but said he's pretty sure they got into a car he heard driving off immediately following the robbery.
According to the report, the men got away with more than $6,500 worth of the victim's property.
The next incident happened shortly before 1 a.m. Aug. 13. According to the University of Washington Police Department, a 17-year-old man was walking in the 5200 block of 19th Avenue Northeast when a dark, four-door sedan with shiny silver wheels pulled up next to him.
According to police, three men got out of the car, showed, a gun, demanded his phone and went through his pockets.
Following the robbery, the men got back in the car and drove off. Officers were unable to find them.
In the Aug. 13 incident, the robbers were described as black men in their late teens to early 20s, one with a heavy build. In the Aug. 9 incident, the robbers were described as black men in their 20s, two with thin builds. The robbers in the Aug. 6 incident were described as black men between 18 and 25 driving a white Toyota Camry.
The Seattle Police Department describes the serial robbers as black men between 18 and 25, possibly East African or Somali. They were seen driving a green Toyota Camry in some incidents, according to police.