Armed street robbery on First Hill today

A man was robbed at gunpoint today about 5:30 pm while he was on East Union Street near Summit Avenue. 

The victim told officers that an unknown man approached him on the street from behind him.  The suspect produced a handgun and pointed it at the victim.  The suspect demanded that the victim hand over his cellphone.  The victim did as instructed, and the suspect walked off eastbound on East Union Street.  While he was walking away, the suspect turned around and pointed the handgun at the victim one more time before leaving the area. 

The suspect is described as a black male, 24-27 years old, 5′ 8″ to 6′ tall, dreadlocks, thin, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark grey or black pants, and black gloves.  He was armed with a black handgun.

East Precinct officers responded to the area and conducted an area search, but the suspect was not located.  Robbery Unit detectives will now handle the follow up investigation.