Attempt robbery in North Seattle, suspect arrested

On March 7th, at approximately 7:52 PM, a North Precinct officer observed a disturbance between three men on the stairs of the pedestrian overpass at North 102nd Street and Aurora Avenue North.  The officer saw two men wrestling on the stairs when a third man ran up and joined the disturbance.  One of the men, later identified as the victim, was able to break free of the suspect’s grasp and run northbound on Aurora, eventually running into a small grocery store in the 10200 Block of Aurora Avenue North.  The officer contacted the suspect who admitted to having a dispute with the victim.  The victim was contacted and told officers that the suspect approached him on the overpass and pointed a gun at him, telling him to “empty his pockets.”  The 19 year old victim stated that while struggling with the suspect over the gun, the gun went off next to his head.  The victim told officers that he was able to wrest the gun away from the suspect and run into the store.  He then gave the gun to the clerk inside the store.  Officers recovered the weapon from the clerk and placed it into evidence.  The victim was able to positively identify the 18 year old suspect as the one who tried to rob him with the gun.  The other man involved in the disturbance was a friend of the victim’s, and he ran over to assist his friend who he believed was being assaulted. A routine check of the suspect’s name showed that he was a convicted felon, so he was arrested and later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery and Investigation of Violation of the Uniform Firearms Act (VUFA).