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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A Question, An Answer

posted by on July 1 at 10:56 AM


WHOA! What is happening up on Capitol Hill???

We’re watching from the Convention Center building, and we’ve seen AT LEAST 17 SPD cars headed up the hill…

Any news up there?

Is everyone alright up there?



That steady stream of squad cars was related to a West Seattle bank robbery, which happened in the 2300 block of California Ave. earlier this morning.

Minutes ago, police spotted the robbery suspects near 1st and Spring and, according to SPD Spokeswoman Renee Witt, are now taking them in to custody.

Nothing to see here.

Apparently, the police chase wasn’t as wrapped up as SPD implied.

It appears one alleged bank robber—wearing a dress, wig and surgical mask—ended up in a standoff with police on 1st and Spring.

According to a witness at the scene, shots were fired and police now have the suspect on the ground.

The chase apparently began on Broadway.

More info as it becomes available.

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Posted by N | July 1, 2008 11:05 AM

oh, I think they killed him. Live footage on King 5. Sad.

Posted by Linsey | July 1, 2008 11:06 AM

A friend of mine just texted me that there are a huge amount of cop cars at the SafeCo building. Something about an armed robbery suspect and that she is hearing gun shots.

Posted by iwanttobealion | July 1, 2008 11:08 AM

SWAT units really lit the SUV up with AR-15's......arrest is maybe a early misnomer for dead. F'd up my coffee break to.

Posted by Randy beaver | July 1, 2008 11:11 AM

when you rob a bank, don't head downtown. head for the hills.

Posted by max solomon | July 1, 2008 11:18 AM

Holy shit!

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 1, 2008 11:20 AM

I'm looking out of the SW corner of 3rd & Spring and have a view down Spring between 1st & 2nd.

The bad guy was driving a cherokee and was warned to get out. He was shot through the driver's side window.

When they pulled him out, they did not put him in a body bag, but in a neck brace. The ambulance hasn't left 2nd & Spring yet though.

Posted by Miketown | July 1, 2008 11:21 AM

This is some fucking credulous reporting, Jonah.

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 1, 2008 11:23 AM

Silly robber, your timing to go in drag is all wrong, the pride parade was this past weekend.

Posted by Sad Comment | July 1, 2008 11:26 AM

I love it when bank robbers wear fabulous costumes!

(As long as nobody dies.)

Posted by elenchos | July 1, 2008 11:33 AM

Stupid fucks should die! These cops are bad shots & should be fired.

Posted by Can do without 'em | July 1, 2008 11:34 AM

@7 - A neck brace? Sounds like some Weekend at Bernies stuff going on.

Posted by sleestak | July 1, 2008 11:35 AM

So that's what's going on Downtown. Everyone here thought it was a national politician getting a blockade to his destination.

Well then, all I can say to this is that running for the water... Downtown, no less... is probably the worst direction to go when running from the cops.

Posted by Gomez | July 1, 2008 11:40 AM

@12 -- Weekend at Bernies-style neck braces imply that the dead-but-hilariously-passed-off-as-alive robber may have been near the waterfront attempting a getaway via a highly-choreographed water skiing sequence.

Posted by jackie treehorn | July 1, 2008 12:09 PM

a dress, wig, and surgical mask wearing bank robber being chased by the cops? sounds like a benny hill sketch or something. were there any guys in gorilla suits running around?

Posted by douglas | July 1, 2008 3:49 PM

Some crazy stuff, indeed- Thanks for the report, Jonah

Posted by Flinga | July 1, 2008 10:12 PM

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