Downtown Seattle

Man robbed at gunpoint while trying to pay for parking

SEATTLE -- Earlier today, I reported one way trying to park in Seattle can go wrong. Here's yet another.

Around 9 p.m. last Friday, a man in his 60s was robbed at gunpoint while trying to pay for parking in a downtown lot, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The man was at the pay box in the lot in the 1500 block of First Avenue and took his cash out of his pocket. But, just as he realized the pay box didn't accept cash, someone grabbed the $140 out of his hand, according to the police report for the incident.

The thief ran across the lot and hopped into the passenger side of a parked Chevy Tahoe, according to the report.

The victim went up to the driver's side window and told the man inside he wanted his money back. But, the driver reportedly pulled out a large revolver, pointed it at the victim's face and told him to get away from his car.

The victim backed off, and the Tahoe drove out of the parking lot and toward Pike Place Market.

The Tahoe's license plate number came back as registered to a North Seattle resident, but officers were unable to find it at the address.