Homeless Couple Stops Robbery
A homeless couple prevented a robbery from succeeding last week in Georgetown on the corner of Airport Way South and South Lucile Street.
The couple noticed a man dragging two 3’ x 6’ tin sheets, the kind usually used for roofing, from a metal scrap yard. The husband, who is a part-time employee of the scrap yard, approached the suspect and told him to return the sheets to the metal yard.
This bold and courageous move was met with hostility as the suspect’s temper rose, screaming, “This is my shit!” He then dropped the contents in his hands and began throwing large rocks at the couple. These rocks had been placed nearby by the railroad company for railroad track stability. The police report notes that, “The suspect had an infinite number of these rocks available and he was throwing them at the victims wildly.”
The woman received a compound fracture from the rock throwing. The SPD report indicates that her “right arm appeared to be broken at the forearm and it was bleeding from where a portion of the bone appeared to be protruding from the skin.” Her husband sustained some head wounds as well. He indicated to the police that in the tumult he had begun throwing rocks back in defense.
Once the rock throwing ceased the suspect yelled at the wife, threatening to take her life the next time that he sees her, and then fled on foot without the two tin sheets. Police were unable to find the suspect and Seattle Fire Department treated the couple.
While the names of this couple have not been released let’s congratulate them on stopping a robbery-in-progress. How many of us would have the courage and awareness to stop something like this ourselves?
Thanks to Paul Holmes from the Stranger’s Slog for originally reporting this. Article found here.
- Andrew Shahamiri, Vendor Services Intern
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