Police looking for strong-arm robbery suspects

While we were covering Friday night’s carjacking, we heard the police talking about a string of strong-arm robberies. Today, we have the details of three robberies that happened in the 11 p.m. hour on Friday. The first incident happened on the 5600 block of Phinney Ave N at 11:12 p.m. Police say a woman was accosted by two men who stole her cell phone. Twenty minutes later, in the 3200 block of NW Market, a man was attacked by three young men. Police say the suspects hit the victim, knocked him to the ground and stole his cash. The third was an attempted robbery at the 2400 block of NW 58th. Four young men confronted a man and implied that they had a weapon. The man ran into his house, armed himself with a shotgun and chased the suspects away.

Police searched the area of 17th and 61st, after a homeowner called police about suspicious activity outside. Police questioned one suspect around 24th and 59th who matched the description of the earlier robberies. He was later released pending further investigation. Detectives are following up on these robberies.


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Jules
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Jules

I'm just waiting for Maria et all to tell us all that there is no crime in Ballard.

Trix
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Trix

2 to 1 the next comment is a complaint about the homeless.

JM98107
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JM98107

Crime is a career choice for some folks.

Roadkill
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Roadkill

homeless, transient, bergen park, meth, rabble, liberals, soup kitchen, rabble rabble, crime wave, condos, homeless. rabble.

Edog
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Edog

This is pretty brazen. Also sounds premeditated in that they seem to have the numbers in their favor. While each incident may be random, clearly they are planning on creating trouble.

Two on one is trouble, but anything beyond that is near leathal for a victim. This sounds like it is as much about hurting someone as it is about robbery. A shot gun is just about what a defender needs in that situation. Put one down, mame the other, and give the last man standing a choice.

However, the numbers go against their favor. At some point the police will get one, at that point the others are SH*T Out of Luck.

Boardbrown
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Boardbrown

Git yer guns!

m
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m

Thanks for getting these all out of the way. Now maybe we can have a meaningful discussion.

ASDF
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ASDF

The guy with the shotgun should be given an award.

I guess it's time to go buy one. Sigh. I've never wanted a gun in my life, but it seems very clear that the police have abandoned us, the city has abandoned us, and it's every person for themself. Your choice seems to be, allow yourself to be robbed, beaten, and maybe murdered on the streets of Ballard or maybe right in front of your home, or else take things into your own hands and fight back. We've seen all of this, and I don't think anyone can honestly say it isn't happening more and more.

I choose to fight back.

Where's a good place to buy a gun locally? Maybe that will be the next new business opening that's highlighted on this blog: Ballard Guns R Us. Growth industry!

Goof Off
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Goof Off

“armed himself with a shotgun and chased the suspects away.”

Oh man, my hero.

Hope the thuggies had money for new underwear!

ASDF
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ASDF

Right. Because there's never any connection between a massive influx of scummy transients and crime. That never happens.

If only we would give free food to the robbers, I'm sure they would become friendly and nice.

Trix
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Trix

Yeah, I've never owned a gun in my life either. I'm seriously considering it, though. I hate feeling afraid walking home at night, and I've felt afraid a lot lately. Ballard has gotten nuts.

m
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m

Nothing like that was inferred or implyed. Just wanted to get past the buzzwords and name-calling before it started. Been on these boards long enough to recognize the pattern.

Yes we have a homeless problem, yes we have a crime problem, yes I believe they are connected, yes I can bet who'll be responding with a no they aren't post……………..

/sigh

silence.kit
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silence.kit

No description of these men?

Roy Hobbs
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Roy Hobbs

Go over to Wade's Guns in Bellevue. Take the intro to firearms class. Apply for your CPL. Wait 30 days.

Take the self-defense class at Wade's while you're waiting for your CPL to come in. Make sure that this is something you feel you have to do.

After 30 days, when your CPL comes in, take a friend over to Wade's and try out 4 or 5 different guns in the caliber you want. If you still want to arm yourself, they have a pretty decent (if somewhat pricey) selection of weapons/holsters/accessories.

PWhee
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PWhee

I've owned a hang gun for the better part of my adult life. Until roughly 6 months ago it sat in our home safe with a trigger lock on it. Recently, it is fully loaded and next to our bed. No, we do not have kids. Now that these scum in OUR neighborhood have moved on to violent crimes against residents – I've taken my rights to the next level. A Concealed Pistol License. It took about 1 hour to apply for and about three weeks to receive – CPLs are your right as a law-abiding citizen (no felonies) of Washington state. You can apply at the courthouse on 5th or any KC Sheriff's Office. CPLs are not for everyone – neither are guns. While a CPL allows you to conceal a loaded weapon on your person, anyone (ANYONE) can carry a non-concealed weapon. If you wish to own or carry a weapon please learn how – AND WHEN – to use it and fully understand the consequences. Could you really shoot someone? Really? I am not implying this is the correct answer to our recent crime wave in Ballard. Just understand that you have rights – I for one… Read more »

e/c
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e/c

I am waiting for elenchos to announce crime has actually gone down and that is is this website that just makes it seem higher….no credibility to the many long timers who notice it is more prevelant…next thing you know it will be twitter's fault

jules
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jules

I had some weird stuff going on around my place this weekend too. for the first time since living there, sunday afternoon i had 2 transient mexican gentlemen passed out in my parking strip grass next to my car! one was going to the restroom next to my car and the other was passed out in the lawn next to my car. really odd…..as soon as i let my 2 rottweilers outside they quickly left down the street, heading east on 80th.( the men, not my dogs) then, sunday night i witnessed a drug deal RIGHT OUTSIDE of my house on the sidewalk on 19th. 1 totally frizzy hair older man who was just lost & wandering….and another who was driving around in a silver car. i did report both cases to the police and am not at all paranoid about it but do think it is pretty crappy as i have been here for years and have never ever witnessed this in front of my home! i also will email mindy to tell her about it as i am smack dab in the middle of loyal heights. i just wanted to get the word out….thank you guys. have a… Read more »

Roadkill
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Roadkill

“one was going to the restroom next to my car ” – this made me laugh.

Trix
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Trix

Isn't there still a gun shop/training place on Aurora? Think it's called Butch's Guns?
I'm not a tough girl. But I don't want to lock myself in at night. I wonder if you can fit a holster under a Snuggie?

ballardrocks
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ballardrocks

This is so frightening. I get home sometimes later in the evening, and walk my dog. Now am I not supposed to go out after dark? Where are the cops? I mean they SPD is at my neighbor's house almost weekly checking on his drunken wife (this is no lie), you mean to tell me they can't patrol the streets? I am scared to live in Ballard and I have lived here for 15 years. It makes me sad for such a great community to have these rash of very very violent and scary incidents.

Do we start a Citizens on Patrol, like Belltown has?

Armed Pacifist
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Armed Pacifist

For guns, go to Wades in Bellevue:

http://www.wadesguns.com/

Very professional, very helpful to first time buyers with safety classes and a range.

Butch's Guns is pretty useless but if you want a 38 special for $75 and no idea how to load it, they're your guys.

RudyT
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RudyT

I was almost going to ask if the guy who grabbed his shotgun was you Roy.

ASDF
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ASDF

Scummy transients.

Need a better description? What day is today? Check the appropriate free food handout place….

silence.kit
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silence.kit

Just the facts, mam.

ASDF
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ASDF

Thanks everyone for the pointers to Wade's Guns in Bellevue. Looks like they have everything – including courses.

Maybe it's time we start a campaign, maybe “Arm Ballard”? Let everyone know that we're fighting back, we're fed up, and we're not goin to put up with this crap anymore.

Good for the morons running the city to know, good for the scumbags to know. We get enough people packing and maybe they'll pick a different neighborhood to rape…

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