Robbery detectives arrest iphone robbers

A woman leaving the downtown Nordstrom’s store was confronted and robbed by two men.  On January 25th just shortly after 6:00 p.m. the victim was leaving Nordstrom’s department store in the 500 block of Pine St. At the entrance/exit doors when she was confronted by two suspects from behind. One suspect grabbed at her iphone, violently ripping it from her hands with an overhand twist knocking her to the ground.

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The other suspect stood close to the victim blocking her from getting away from his accomplice. The suspects took the victim’s iphone and Orca bus card and ran off. The victim complained of a sore leg, but declined medical attention. Numerous units responded to the call, but the suspects could not be located.

Nordstrom’s surveillance video cameras captured the incident. A suspect was identified by the responding units as a suspect in several other iphone thefts in the downtown corridor. This suspect also had outstanding warrants for his arrest.  He was subsequently arrested by West Precinct Bicycle Units.

Several possible locations were checked for the outstanding suspect but he could not be located. Numerous tips for the second suspect were received via the Crime Stoppers’ Hotline (1-800-222-TIPS). Those tips were forwarded to SPD Detectives and a wanted for robbery bulletin was distributed to patrol officers.  

As a result of those tips received from Crime Stoppers detectives tracked the suspect to a Seatac Red Lion Hotel on February 19th.  He was located in a room on the first floor and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the SPD Robbery Office for processing.  The 22-year-old suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery.