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Man Arrested After Kicking Off Week-Long Robbery Spree at IHOP

Seattle police narrowly avoided an international incident this week, arresting a man suspected of holding up a fast food restaurant, office supply shop, convenience store, and an International House of Pancakes.

The 47-year-old suspect’s spree began March 6th when he walked into the Capitol Hill International House of Pancakes and took a seat. After a few minutes, he walked up to the register, told a staff member he had a gun, demanded money, and fled the restaurant.

Over the next week, the suspect pulled the same and convenience store on Capitol Hill, a Jack In the Box in SoDo, and a downtown Office Depot.

Robbery detectives were able to track down surveillance photos of the suspect, and sent them out to officers across the city.

On Thursday, March 12th, patrol officers working at 4th and Pine spotted the man, who was dressed in the exact same outfit he’d worn during several of the robberies.

Officers arrested the suspect and turned him over to detectives, who booked him into the King County Jail.