• UPDATE: Robber gives blind victim cigarette after holdup


    SEATTLE - A man suspected of robbing a blind man outside a Seattle bank and then giving him a cigarette before fleeing was arrested Tuesday evening in Pioneer Square.

    The man was arrested near Second Avenue and Washington Street, and police said he also has a warrant out of New York. He was booked into King County Jail and has not yet been charged on the robbery case.

    The incident happened about 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bank of America in the 400 block of Pike Street. Police say the suspect grabbed the blind man and demanded money.

    The victim handed the robber the hundreds of dollars that he had just withdrawn. Perhaps in a misguided gesture of consolation, the robber then handed the victim a cigarette and fled.

    A witness helped the victim flag down an officer, who took a report and gave the man a ride home.

    KIRO 7 reporter Amy Clancy is talking to police now and will have further details live from downtown Seattle on KIRO 7 Eyewitness News starting at 5 p.m.

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