Updated: There have been at least two armed robberies in Ballard in the last week, and possibly three. The first robbery occurred at Sunset Hill Park just after midnight on Saturday night (see below), the second was on the 2800 block of NW 65th St early February 14th. Someone also posted in the forum that he was a victim of an armed robbery on Saturday night.
New: Early Monday morning, just after 1:30 a.m. a woman was robbed at gun point as she was walking along NW 65th St. The police report states that two males approached the woman from behind. When she turned to address them, one pulled out a black semi-automatic hand gun and pointed it at her. The second suspect demanded that she drop her handbag, which she did. The men picked up her bag as she ran toward her residence. The men also fled, she believes southbound on 28th Ave NW, although she wasn’t sure.
The woman told police that the both suspects are white males, about 20-years-old and were wearing baggy dark clothing. Police canvassed the area but couldn’t find the suspects. The victim, who wasn’t injured, told police that she could identify the suspects if she saw them again.
Also: “Unbelievable” says he was a victim of an armed robbery, although we couldn’t locate the police report. He writes in the MyBallard forum, “I was walking on Mary Ave on Saturday night at around 9pm. I was walking to the Waterwheel to meet up with some buddies of mine. All of a sudden, what I believed to be 2 white males quickly ran up behind me, screaming at me to get down and to give them my wallet. One male had what appeared to be a small black shotgun and the other had a big silver revolver. I handed over everything while they pointed these guns at my head. Then they took off running down the street and around the corner. They did not physically touch me. I was stunned, obviously, and maybe in shock. The whole incident lasted maybe 10 seconds but felt like a dream.
The people that robbed me appeared to be young – around 16 (maybe younger) and white, though they did have bandannas over their faces. They were short as one of the kids had to hold his arm up high to point the gun at my head. I’m 6 foot 2.
I sort of stumbled over to the Waterwheel and met up with my friends, still in disbelief and the police were called. What really struck me was that about 30 seconds after the incident, I was walking up the street and saw a woman just walking her dog and a couple of other people out for a stroll with absolutely no idea what had just happened to me. I felt bad for them and felt that they are potentially in danger every time they step out of their house for an innocent walk.”
Earlier:Just after midnight Saturday night (Sunday morning) a man was robbed at gunpoint at Sunset Hill Park (7500 block of 34th Ave NW.)
According to the police report released today, the victim went to the park to enjoy the view. He told police that he saw three males in the bushes who then approached him from behind, demanding his wallet. When the victim turned around he told police that two of them appeared to be armed – one with a shotgun, one with a handgun.
From the police report:
The victim’s initial reaction was that of disbelief, and he thought they were kidding at first. He said the suspects sounded unsure of themselves, “Almost more scared than I was.” The victim complied and gave the suspects his wallet, which contained his driver license and credit card, as well as $70 cash, which was kept seperate in a different pocket. One of the suspects then began to feel around the victim’s pockets, checking for other items. At this point they found the Zune MP3 player in his jacket pocket, and demanded that, as well as his wristwatch and AT&T HTC Pure cell phone.
The three appeared to be about 20 years old but had bandanas over their faces and hoodies pulled up over their head so only their eyes were showing, according to the police report. The victim could not give police a good description of the suspects.