Fifth, possibly sixth purse snatching yields an arrest in Roosevelt (UPDATES)

At 1:29 PM this afternoon, KIRO 7 alerted us to some Seattle Police Department information indicating a fifth local robbery. And now it appears that there has been an arrest, prior to during a sixth attempt.

View Robberies by knifepoint in February (6) in a larger map

From the Seattle Police Department’s twitter feed:

And this one, from half an hour later:

Screen grabs from KIRO’s Chopper 7 live feed of the arrest scene (near NE 71st St and 12th Ave NE; via twitter)

We will update this post with more information as we get it. BIG THANKS to our friends at KIRO 7 for their help today.

UPDATE (2:56 PM): The SPD Blotter has a post up now, with all the info known up to today, including the newest robbery, which happens to have been the very first:

The first robbery was reported on February 2nd, by a 91-year-old woman, who said a man armed with a knife had stolen her purse as she was walking up the steps to her home near NE 75th and 39th NE.

UPDATE (4:59 PM): Here is the recorded live feed from KIRO’s Chopper 7 during the arrest of the suspect (Flash required):

UPDATE (6:44 PM): Tonight’s KIRO 7 News segment on today’s attempted purse snatching and arrest (Flash required):


  1. Thank you fellow neighbors who have been keeping watch and to the SPD for staying on top of this spree.

  2. Great news!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I am so glad this monster was caught! What disturbs me is that his mother is a licensed counselor in the State of Washington. By Law she has to report anyone she may think is a danger to themselves or others, even if it is a family member! The neighbors have complained about him for a long time. She knew about his behavior and he has been a menace in Ravenna for a long time. These knife attacks are very disturbing. With a gun you can be far away from a victim but a knife is real up close and personal. He is sick and dangerous!
    This is the third time in our area where a disturbed adult, who is still living at home with Mom and Dad, has committed a heinous felony against our neighbors and ended up in jail or dead. Wonder about how many mentally disturbed adults are still living in their parents home in our neighborhood.
    Mom has no excuse as she is a therapist and if she couldn’t find help for him she should of turned him into authorities rather than letting him terrorize the neighborhood. Hope he gets the book thrown at him!

    • dontjumptoconclusions says:

      Wow. I am absolutely disgusted at your post. You are full of so much hate. Do you have monmy issues?You know absolutely nothing about their family yet you have the audacity to say that about this mother. You dont know for a fact that she never reported him. You dont know the lengths she has gone to get help for her loved one. You assume she knew it was her son. You also assume everything you read in the news is true. Your mom should be embarrassed she raised a child like you. She obviously failed at parenthood. Oh wait, I don’t know your mom, she could’ve tried everything in the world to get you help. Think before you speak/post. You never know who is reading…

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