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65-Year-Old Woman Assaulted with a Knife During a North Seattle Street Robbery

An armed robbery suspect remains at large after stealing a woman’s purse and cutting her with a knife this afternoon in North Seattle.  

At approximately 2:59 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call of an armed street robbery in the 6500 block of 36th Avenue NE.  Preliminary investigation indicates that the 65-year-old female victim had just gotten off the bus and was walking north on 36th Avenue NE on the east side of the street when she was attacked from behind by an unknown male suspect wearing a black mask, black hoodie and jeans. 

The suspect forcefully grabbed the victim’s purse in an attempt to steal it.  As the victim attempted to retain her purse the suspect pulled out a knife and cut the purse straps and in doing so cut the victim’s hand.  The suspect fled the scene on foot with the victim’s purse, running northbound on 36th Avenue NE and then westbound on NE 68th Street. 

Responding officers conducting an area search however, the suspect remains at large. 

Fire department medics responded and treated the victim at the scene for her non-life-threatening injuries.  After being treated by medics, a patrol officer drove the victim home.

The suspect is described as an unknown race male in his 20’s, 5’9″ tall, 150 pounds, thin build, and was last seen wearing a black mask over his face, a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up over his head, and gray pants.   

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident.  Anonymous tips are welcome.

This remains an active and on-going investigation.