Arrest made in Sept. 2012 robbery; Suspect beat and robbed victims in the Junction

An arrest has been made in the case of a robbery and violent attack that happened Sept. 16 2012 in the West Seattle Junction.

Seattle police say that a 20-year-old man is in custody after an officer in Shoreline contacted him July 5 and discovered the warrant in the system.

In the West Seattle crime two victims in the West Seattle Junction at California and Alaska Street SW when they were confronted by someone they knew, the suspect. The suspect demanded money owed to a friend. He then produced a baseball bat and beat one of the victims unconscious.

According to the police report the suspect reportedly took the victim’s wallet, money and cell phone. When the other victim attempted to intervene, the suspect lifted his shirt and showing a semi-automatic handgun and threatened to shoot the victim if he came any closer. The suspect also took that victim’s cell phone before escaping.

SPD officers did not locate the suspect at the time, even after checking the area. The beating victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center for his injuries. Robbery detectives conducted the follow up investigation and identified the suspect and issued a bulletin to law enforcement agencies.

On July 5 at approximately 11:45 pm, a Shoreline Police officer contacted the suspect in a park in their jurisdiction. A routine check of his name revealed the robbery suspect information. The Shoreline officer contacted Seattle officers who in turn transported the suspect to the Robbery Unit office where he was interviewed by detectives.

Following the interview, the suspect was booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery. Detectives will continue to follow up on this case.

The original report was written and filed by Detective Mark Jamieson

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