North Seattle

Police: Officers arrest knife-wielding, overdose-faking robber

SEATTLE -- Officers arrested a knife-wielding, overdose-faking 53-year-old man believed to be responsible for at least two robberies in North Seattle this month, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to a police report for the incident, security staff at the JC Penney store in Northgate Mall watched the suspect and a female accomplice place a number of shoes into a bag in an apparent attempt to steal them before being spooked, dropping the shoes and leaving the store.

The couple returned a few hours later and started placing shoes into a cart they brought in with them, according to the report.

According to police, store security confronted the suspect, and he fought with them. Store security eventually subdued the suspect, and officers reportedly found two knives on him.

According to the report, the suspect told officers he just took an entire bottle of Valium. But, the suspect reportedly has a history of faking overdoses to avoid jail and failed the falling-arm test used to see if a person is actually unconscious from an overdose.

He was booked into King County Jail.

One of the knives found on the suspect July 20 could possibly belong to a security officer at a Ballard Safeway.

Employees at the grocery store had been warned to watch out for the suspect, who a manager believes is responsible for stealing many hundreds of dollars worth of liquor from the store.

According to the police report for the incident, the suspect came into the store July 12 and placed $800 worth of alcohol into a stroller he brought in with him.

When he was confronted by store security, he grabbed a knife from one of their pockets and slashed at an employee's face and throat, according to the report.

The suspect reportedly escaped and ran off with the knife but left behind his stroller-ful of alcohol.

Now that he is in jail, detectives are continuing to investigate any further robberies the suspect may be responsible for.