Two men siting in a parked car at the E. Prospect Street road end were robbed at gunpoint last Friday. The incident occurred during daylight, at around 6 pm. The victims reported to police that they had been sitting in their car when an unknown black male suddenly approached the vehicle, opened a car door, and jumped into the backseat. The perpetrator then drew a handgun and asked the two to fork over their valuables.
After taking about $100 from the pair, as well as one of the victims' iPhone, the man took off running west toward McGilvra Boulevard (which can be approached at this point up a steep flight of stairs). The gun-wielding assailant was joined in his escape by another man, who had apparently been standing guard while the crime was committed.
Police were called and descriptions were given, but no suspects were found. This, in spite of the fact that the stolen iPhone included an application allowing for GPS tracking. According to the police report, the victim told police that the tracking application showed that the phone was in the vicinity of 31st Avenue E. and E. Madison St., but the criminals were not located at that point by the time the police arrived.
The website SeattleCrime.com reported this story yesterday with this lead: "One man was pistol-whipped during a robbery outside the Seattle Tennis Club in the Central District last Friday." We asked the Seattle Police about the pistol-whipping aspect of this case. According to Public Information Officer Mark Jamieson, the police report states that the perpetrator "shoved the gun into the victim's cheek, causing a small cut."
|The E. Prospect Street Road End, just north of the Seattle Tennis Club, from Google|