ONLY ON KIRO 7: Heavy hoodie-wearing gunman robbing people

by: Henry Rosoff Updated:


Seattle, Wash. - An aggressive and heavyset armed robber is going after people in the First Hill and Capitol Hill neighborhoods while wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

KIRO 7 uncovered police reports where victims described the robber as “Large” and “Heavy,” weighing about 250 pounds.  There was a sign warning residents about him in an apartment building near Summit Avenue and Spring Street, where one of the attacks happened just after midnight Tuesday.

“There's lots of crime in this area right now,” said one man who lives in the building.  “I'm sure police are doing the best they can, but it's kind of shady around here.”

According to Seattle Police reports, during Tuesday night's attack in First Hill the suspect jumped out from behind some bushes, pushed his victim, and grabbed everything out of his pockets.  While police were investigating, they got the call about another robbery of a brother and sister near 14th and Olive.

Reports said that during the second robbery the suspect pointed his gun at the sister's neck, and pushed them around until they emptied their pockets.  However, in a strange twist, the victims begged for their keys back so they could get home.  The gunman actually agreed.  He said: "I'm sorry, I'm just trying to get by.

By carefully looking at police reports, KIRO 7 has reason to believe the suspect may be responsible for a few more armed robberies, but the police have yet to confirm the link.  If you know anything about these crimes, call Seattle Police.