• Fleeing Pioneer Square robber runs right out of shoe


    SEATTLE - A speedy man who is a suspect in a strong-arm robbery in Pioneer Square Sunday fled so quickly that he left his shoe behind.

     The robbery occurred at 3:45 p.m. on Second Avenue and Yesler Way. The victim gave police a description of the robber and told officers the direction where she last saw him.

     A veteran officer suspected the robber might be hiding in the Five Star Parking garage located at First Avenue and Columbia Street.

     While searching the parking garage, the officer noticed someone underneath a car.  As soon as the officer shined his spotlight under the car, the robber slid out from underneath the car, ran out of the parking garage and headed westbound on Columbia Street.

     Police said the man ran so fast he ran right out of his shoe and left a trail of dust behind.

     Though the man briefly eluded the officer, additional officers converged on the area and found the man hiding underneath another car on Western Avenue just south of Columbia Street.

     The 38-year-old man was taken into custody, positively identified by the victim and then booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

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