Capitol Hill

Police: Man deploys fake high five to steal victim's laptop

SEATTLE -- In a dangerous escalation of the classic fakeout high-five (pull hand back, smooth hair, yell "psych"), a robber on Capitol Hill faked a high five in order to steal his victim's laptop, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The whole thing went down, fittingly enough, in front of High 5 Pies around 1:30 a.m.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim was walking home from work after stopping off for a drink with a friend around 1:30 a.m., clutching his Dell laptop to his chest.

Outside High 5 Pies at the intersection of 12th Avenue and East Union Street, the victim heard a man yell something like, "Hold up!" and run up behind him. The victim, confused, turned around and asked the man if he knew him.

While the victim tried to suss out whether or not he knew the stranger, he loosened his grip on his laptop. And, the man suddenly proposed a high five, according to the report.

"(The man) motioned his hand as if he were executing the greeting when he swiftly changed his course of action and made a grab for the laptop," Officer Vanessa Flick writes in the police report.

The man pulled the laptop out of the victim's grip and ran off with the victim hot on his heels, according to the report.

The victim later told officers he caught up with the robber outside Tavern Law just as the man was trying to get into a car. The victim punched the man in the face and took his laptop back.

According to the report, the would-be robber wasn't going to go quietly after such a well-executed high-five ruse and started punching the victim back.

The victim told officers he fell to the ground and "clammed up" in order to keep the man from re-stealing his laptop.

According to a number of witnesses, the robber and another man from the car punched and kicked the victim while he was on the ground before driving off with two women.

Finally, a reminder to criminals, please leave the hand gestures with ulterior motives to the professionals.