Yesterday afternoon at approximately 3:40pm a car was stopped and the occupant (an out-of-state businessman) was robbed.
This happened on the off-ramp from westbound 520 to I-5 North (at the I-5 / Ravenna split). A car stopped quickly in front of him and another ran into the back of him – two men (I don’t have descriptions) then broke both front windows, punched him a number of times in the face, and stole his wallet, phone and a backpack that had a significant amount of his merchandise in it.
I came on the scene a minute or two later and was the only person to stop to help him (a man bleeding from his hands and face, standing beside a stopped car with broken glass all around it). Yep, nobody else bothered to stop.
His phone was later found by the State Patrol dumped near N 42nd Street and Pasadena Place.
Somebody must have seen something – either the cars that blocked him in, or the men that robbed him. If so, do the right thing and contact Washington State Patrol or Seattle Police about it.
Wow. I saw the aftermath of this. Traffic was backed up and they were already towing a vehicle. I assumed it was a fender bender.
Not to be Colombo, since it’s incredibly obvious, but this wasn’t a random carjacking so Wallyhood folks should not be concerned that this is some new mugging technique – the people doing this obviously knew who he was and what he was carrying. This was carefully planned and executed based on the merchandise he was carrying.
I agree with irish Noodles that somebody must have seen the initial fender bender. There’s basically traffic there 12 hours a day doing a max of about 40.
Totally agree with Frankie – I talked to the poor guy, he felt like he’d been tailed from Green Lake to Bellevue, and then back to Seattle . . they knew what he was carrying and when to hit him. WSP said that there have been a few similar carjackings in the area (meaning Seattle / Bellevue, not Wallingford) of people carrying expensive merchandise.
Seattle Times story about it
Seems super obvious that it’s an inside job. I would hope detectives are interviewing Jewelry merchandisers in the city. Obviously somebody knows when and how these vendors are moving around and when they’re carrying the goods.
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