Woman attacked by masked man in Ballard

Just after 10 last night as a 21 year-old woman was walking to her car, a masked man jumped out of the bushes and mugged her near the intersection of 24th NW & NW 59th, a witness and a family member tell us. “We never thought it would happen to us,” the victim’s sister said.

The woman works at one of the restaurants along 24th Ave NW and was heading home after closing up. Her sister tells us that the victim noticed a man walking in front of her, but she didn’t think anything of it. When she looked up again, he was gone. Moments later a masked man wearing all black jumped out of the bushes and grabbed her purse. “Everyone handles these situations differently,” the sister tells us, explaining that she decided to fight back. The man, who is described by witnesses as 5’7″ – 5’8″ tall with a thicker build, dragged the woman about 40 feet before falling down. She took hold of her purse once again, but her sister said he grabbed it back and ran off. Several neighbors ran the direction he ran, but didn’t find him. The victim was not injured but is still shaken up and in shock this morning.

“Women are such a target,” the sister says, “Especially with the big style bags right now.” She has this advice for women, “If you’re going to walk to your car, have your friend, boyfriend, husband, someone walk with you.” (Thank you to a neighbor who emailed us and to the sister for contacting us.)

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k
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k

people follow service industry folks because they know they have cash in pocket!

skottedont
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skottedont

10pm last night?

SEdholm
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SEdholm

I wish I had been home a few minutes later last night as I could have tried to help. I got home 15 minutes earlier and live on 60th/24th. Must have been the east side of the road as I don't think there are any bushes on the west side of 59th/24th (at least going north and south on 24th), I think only a couple small trees with bars and apartments.

nbmilitia
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nbmilitia

there really seems to have been a lot of muggings in the downtown Ballard area in the last year and a half or so.. Anyone else finding this overall increase in bold robberies as disturbing as I am??

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen

We keep seeing more and more of these sort of crimes in the Ballard area… As a proud member of this community and an even prouder boyfriend I say criminals in our neighborhood take heed. As a witness to ANY of these kinds of disrespectful acts against our neighbors I would not hesitate to make it “uncomfortable” for the wrong doer. I would ask that my fellow neighbors do the same. Enough is enough.

Guest

I'm at 24th and 65th. Will happily pummel a mugger/ thug with both fists and feet if I see some shit like this. I'll keep an eye open.

JM98107
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JM98107

Women should be carrying guns if they work at night.

ballardsucka
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ballardsucka

PLEASE, if anyone decides to carry, please make sure to first take a safety/training course. They offer them at several locations in the greater Seattle area. If you just decide to go out a buy a gun and stick it in your purse you are invariably doing more harm than good.

great idea
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great idea

“prouder boyfriend”????

concerned citizen, what does that even mean? have you had girlfriends you weren't so proud to be seen with?

V
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V

Ok, all this $HIT is really starting to piss me off. I love Ballard, Love everything about Ballard. This seems to be happening more and more, like that poor girl who got stabbed up in crown hill. I am tired of it, If I ever get a chance to catch a guy, he will feel my rage. We need to go Boondock Saints on these A-holes and take control over it. Police can't help, criminals need to get the message that the community will not put up with it and they need to get scared, not the other way around.

ap2
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ap2

I don't understand what “Women are such a target” is supposed to mean and where that conclusion came from this one incident. Was this an attack for 'walking while female'?

Wouldn't the 'big bag' be the target for anyone carrying one? Backpacks too? Wearing an ipod? Anything easy to grab and run?

Everyone should be cautious and alert after something like this.

Maybe there could have been a more thoughtful quotation to finish this posting.

Kelly
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Kelly

It's incredibly disturbing! I'm training for a marathon but am too scared to go running after work anymore since it started getting dark by 5. My roommate often takes walks at night and I'm constantly trying to talk him out of it because of the recent upswing of violence.

It's all very sad…I hate it.

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen

agreed.

Snowball
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Snowball

Was she the last out of the restaurant? If so, why? Businesses that close late at night need to set up schedules by the buddy system, and no on ever walks to their cars alone. Where was the cook/busser/co-worker/manager when she left?

This is a city we live in, and their are broke and desperate and sometimes just mean and stupid people out there. I don't think this is happening more often, teh internet spreads this info faster, furhter, wider.

nbmilitia
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nbmilitia

It truly doesn't seem to matter, man or woman. A male friend of mine was held up by two guys with tazers right by the post office this last year. He was not carrying any bag/backpack/sack of money. He was shaken down for his cell phone and wallet. This is absolutely unacceptable in my opinion. I have been a resident of Ballard and North Beach for the last 9 years. Why hasn't the police presence increased with the population and night life growth?????

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Very scary.

nbmilitia
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nbmilitia

Snowball…. look at the crimes statistics on the SPD's web site…. I think you might rethink your opinion about the internet making this seem bigger than it is. This is Ballard, not Capitol Hill…. I have certain expectations of my own neighborhood and I don't plan on being complacent just because “this is a city we live in”

S
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S

'“Women are such a target,” the sister says, “Especially with the big style bags right now.”'

That whooshing sound you hear? Four decades of feminist progress flying out the window.

George
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George

Is it not widely known that women are targeted more often than men for crimes like these? That's what I understood as the context for the sister's quote–not just this one incident.

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen

Dammit, I heard the woman scream from my apartment last night. I was wondering what the hell happened. Pisses me off to think this kind of stuff is happening in my area. I've lived in NYC and South Florida, and never once had an issue in those areas, especially with the reputation those areas have at times.

There needs to be more lighting around the area, and more police patrols. I haven't seen much of the police in the area.

JM98107
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JM98107

Ok, ok, maybe hand guns are too dangerous. How about a Norwegian hakapik? A lady carrying one would send a subliminal message to the thugs.

stopthebuzz
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stopthebuzz

Find a partner or a group to run with and stick to well-lit and busy streets. Pay attention to your surroundings, as well. I'm not saying that muggings can't happen at any time, but 10pm after closing a restaurant most likely carrying cash tips, isn't the same as a 5pm jog in the neighborhood carrying minimal items.

I jog both before and after work and have no choice but to do it in the dark in the winter. I won't let fear of random violence stop me.

stopthebuzz
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stopthebuzz

RAWR!
venting on the internet is the surest way to scare them away.

Clamster
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Clamster

According to SeattleCrime.com, there was another mugging in this very same area 2 weeks ago where the perp stole a man's wallet and a gun. Maybe one could carry an empty purse or wallet as a theft decoy and keep the real wallet in another zippered pocket. I used to carry a decoy wallet with a few one dollar bills in it that I could give up if I was ever confronted. Or I suppose one could stuff it with fake monopoly money, why waste real money on scumbags. Or a wallet or purse that is remotely controlled to release a brightly colored dye onto the thief so they can be easily seen and hopefully arrested. Or my favorite, a decoy purse that has a live rattlesnake in it.

Kelly
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Kelly

I thought the same thing for awhile, but there have been some attacks (including that Crown Hill stabbing) happening in the early evening! A man was beat to a pulp by some transients at the corner I live on just a few weeks ago as well.

If I have a friend to go with, I go – but going alone doesn't seem worth it to me. I'll stick to my indoor treadmill.

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