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Man Struck with Hammer in Downtown Robbery

UPDATE, 1/19: The 53-year-old victim in this incident has died from his injuries. Homicide Detectives will assume responsibility for this case.

Original Post:

A man was seriously wounded Friday afternoon after he was struck in the head with a hammer in a robbery in downtown Seattle. Police arrested the suspect near the scene of the incident.

Around 2:15 p.m., the suspect approached the victim at 4th Avenue and Pike Street, struck him in the head with a hammer, and stole his backpack. Officers arrested the suspect a short time later.

Seattle Fire Department personnel provided medical aid at the scene and later transported the victim to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

SPD Robbery detectives are investigating the case and will book the suspect into King County Jail.