Woman robbed by 4 men while getting into taxi in Belltown
SEATTLE -- Four men robbed a woman while she was getting into a taxi early Sunday in Belltown, and the taxi driver -- unaware of what was going on -- failed to stop it, according to the Seattle Police Department.
According to the police report for the incident, the victim flagged down a taxi around 1:45 a.m. in the 2200 block of First Avenue. As she was getting into the cab, four men stepped into its doorway and reportedly grabbed her wallet.
As the victim was trying to get her wallet back from the men, a witness saw what was going on and pushed one of the men out of the way so the victim could close the cab door, according to the report.
The victim later told officers she was able to get her wallet back from the men, but they got away with her iPhone, debit card, house key and $100.
The cab drove for a block before the victim told the driver to pull over so she could call police. The victim told officers she wanted to make sure the cab driver stayed until officers arrived, so she grabbed his ID from the front of the taxi.
When officers arrived and talked to the cab driver, he told them he didn't even know a robbery had taken place, according to the report. He told officers he didn't immediately pull away from the curb when the victim got into the cab because she hadn't given him an address yet.
Once they did start moving, the driver said he and the victim argued about the address, and she asked him to pull over. Afraid the victim was calling police about their argument, the driver also called police.
The driver said the robbery may have been captured on the taxi's surveillance camera.