2 arrested in robbery that took clothes off man's back

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SEATTLE —

Two men were arrested Monday in connection with a robbery near Northgate Mall in which clothing worn by the victim was stolen.

On Dec. 26 at about 2:30 p.m., the victim was walking near the mall when he was confronted by three acquaintances.  

The four men were talking when one of the men asked the victim if he could try on his Ralph Lauren down vest.  When the victim said no, one man pushed him against a wall and ordered him to take off the vest, motioning toward his waistband as if he was reaching for a gun, police said.

The men then removed the victim’s vest and distinctive Gucci belt before fleeing in a car.

Robbery detectives distributed a wanted bulletin for the robbers. 

Monday, shortly before noon, a Shoreline police officer found and arrested one of the men near Northeast 174th Street and 15th Avenue Northeast.

 During the arrest, the officer found a loaded .380 semi-automatic handgun in the man’s waistband, according to police, and the man was wearing the victim’s Gucci belt taken in the robbery.

 Investigators later discovered the recovered handgun had been stolen in a 2012 residential robbery in King County. 

Detectives found that another one of the men, the brother of the man arrested, was attending school in the University District.  Seattle officers from the North Precinct located and arrested that man Monday afternoon. 

Following interviews, the brothers, ages 19 and 20, were booked into the King County Jail on robbery charges.

Detectives are still seeking the third man.