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Purse-snatcher armed with a knife strikes on Roosevelt Way

Posted by Mike on February 23rd, 2013

A purse-snatcher armed with a silver knife attacked a woman walking on Roosevelt Way Northeast on Friday afternoon, police report. It was the third such incident reported nearby so far this month.

About Friday’s armed robbery, police report:

On February 22nd at approximately 2:15 p.m. officers responded to the 7200 block of Roosevelt Way NE for the report of an armed street robbery involving a knife. Preliminary investigation indicates that the 50-year-old female victim was walking southbound in the 7200 block of Roosevelt Way NE on the east side of the street. She was carrying her purse strapped diagonally across her chest when she felt tugging on it from behind. As she began to shout the purse came away from her body. She grabbed it and pulled it back toward her.

At that moment the suspect circled around her and she saw that he was holding a silver-colored knife in his hand. Seeing the knife, the victim let go of her purse and the suspect ran off with it eastbound on NE 72nd Street and remains at large. The victim was not injured.

There is no suspect description available at this time.

Police were already searching  for an armed robbery suspect who cut a woman’s hand with a knife and stole her purse Wednesday about 3 p.m.

That attack, on 36th Avenue Northeast at Northeast 65th Steet, was similar to one that occurred on Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day – at 32nd Avenue Northeast and Northeast 60th Street, according to a police report.

For more details see this posting at our sister site, Wedgwood View.

Police patrols in north Seattle have already been increased after a series of four sexual assaults nearby.

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2 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Sue // Feb 23, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    Very bold this middle of the day thief. Do we have a description on the robber from the 14th?
    Editor: That suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, 5-foot-10 and 130 pounds.

  • 2 HatchetJack // Feb 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    I know they are unpopular with civil liberty types, but I’d be in favor of having a city wide network of surveillance cameras around our streets… and I’m a supporter of the ACLU.