Police Blotter: Late-night violent robbery and assault in Ballard area

By Cassandra Baker

12:36 a.m., December 10. 15th Ave NW and NW 85th St

Police responded to reports of a strong-arm robbery and arrived at the scene to find the victim and suspect gone. The victim called 911 again just before 1:00 a.m. and reported that she was now at 16th Ave NW and NW 85th St. She told police that she had gotten off the bus at 15th and 85th, at around 12:30 that night, and a man followed her and began talking to her. The victim said that she told him to leave her alone, at which point he told her to give him her backpack, phone, and money but also said that he “didn’t want to have to do this.” When the victim refused, the suspect punched her in the face and stomach and then stole her backpack and ran away.

The victim saw the suspect enter a nearby apartment complex, and then called police. She described the suspect as a Hispanic male about 25 years old and 5’10” with a heavy build. He was wearing a white hat, gray or white sweatshirt, and blue jeans. The suspect was not found in the area.

1:06 a.m., December 9. 14th block of NW 85th St

A man called police after another man flagged him down near NW 85th St, said he had been assaulted, and asked to be walked home. Police responded to the victim’s home and immediately observed several wounds on his face, including a black eye. The victim said that he couldn’t see out of that eye. He said that he had been walking home from a nearby park when a white male walked past him, then suddenly turned and punched him in the face. The victim said that he punched his attacker back one time, and the suspect grabbed him with both hands and threw him to the ground. The victim said that the suspect jumped on top of him and punched him in the face at least eight more times, then left the scene.

The victim described the suspect as a white male with blond hair, about 6’4” tall and wearing baggy jeans. The victim was evaluated by Seattle Fire and then taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

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