Capitol Hill street robberies, arrests made

On April 10th between 12:35 and a little after 1:00  AM, three armed street robberies occurred on Capitol Hill, at Summit and Harrison, Summit and Union, and 15th and Union.  All of the victims were accosted while walking on the street.  The suspects in each of these robberies were described as black males, late teens,  one wearing a red jacket and red baseball cap and the other wearing black clothing and having dreadlocks.  They were reportedly seen leaving the area in a reddish car with a defective taillight.  In two of the incidents, the victims sustained injuries from being struck in the face by the suspects.

At approximately 1:30 AM, two East Precinct patrol officers observed a burgundy Hyundai with a defective brake light and a black male wearing a red jacket sitting in the back seat.  The officers stopped the vehicle at Terry and Madison and detained the female driver and two male passengers.  The robbery victims were brought by the location and positively identified the two males as the correct suspects.  An “airsoft”  handgun was recovered underneath the front passenger seat and one of the victim’s bags was recovered from the back seat.  All the suspects were taken into custody and the car was impounded.

Detectives from the Robbery Unit responded and interviewed the suspects.  The two male suspects, one 18 and the 17, were booked into the King County Jail and the Youth Services Center, respectively, for Investigation of Robbery.  The 18 year old female driver was interviewed and released pending further investigation.  Robbery detectives will be responsible for the on going investigation.