Downtown Seattle

Man arrested in connection with armed robbery, beating of cab driver

SEATTLE -- Officers arrested a 21-year-old man early Friday morning in connection with the armed robbery and beating of a cab driver near Yesler Terrace. Two other men who reportedly participated in the crime are still on the loose.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the suspect flagged down the cab driver around 3 a.m. near 12th Avenue South and South Main Street.

As the two were talking, two more men got into the cab, pulled out handguns, demanded the driver's money, and started pistol whipping him, according to police.

The driver was able to get out of the cab and run away to call 911.

According to police, the three men took the driver's cellphone and a GPS unit from the cab before driving off in two separate cars.

Officers arrived quickly and stopped a Chevy Caprice in the area.

According to police, the cab driver identified one of the five men in the Caprice as the main suspect in the robbery, and officers found two handguns -- at least one stolen -- and the cab's GPS in the car.

The suspect was arrested and tried to dump a baggie of meth while in the holding cell at the East Precinct, according to police. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery and felony drugs.

Detectives are still looking for the other two men reportedly involved in the robbery.