Queen Anne

Police: Nose-blowing bandit leaves crumpled calling card

SEATTLE -- A robber's runny nose could be his downfall after officers collected a soiled tissue for DNA analysis at the scene of a hotel robbery last Thursday in Queen Anne.

According to the Seattle Police Department's report for the incident, a man with a scarf wrapped around his face walked into a hotel in the 500 block of First Avenue North shortly before 12:30 a.m. and asked an employee seated at the front desk for a tissue.

The employee held out the box and the man took a tissue, blew his nose, threw the tissue in the garbage and left the lobby.

When the man walked back into the hotel five minutes later, the employee assumed he just wanted more tissues. Instead, the man walked up to the desk and said, "Give me the money in the till, bro," according to the report.

The employee later told officers she stood up and saw the man had his hand in his pocket like he was holding a gun. She said she was afraid for her life and handed over the cash drawer containing $250.

According to the report, the man walked out with the tray, which officers later found outside in the parking strip.

A K-9 search for the man was unsuccessful, but officers collected the man's used tissue from the trash for possible DNA evidence.