Police: Restaurant janitor not fooled by burglar's flimsy ruse

SEATTLE -- A man trying to burglarize a Pioneer Square restaurant attacked then threatened a janitor who didn't fall for his poorly thought-out ruse, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the janitor saw the suspect standing near the restaurant's front desk around 4:15 a.m. last Sunday.

The suspect told the janitor he works on the seventh floor of the building and knows the owner and manager. He said he was supposed to check on the stove vent and insisted on going to the basement.

According to the report, the janitor followed the suspect to the basement, where the suspect became very eager for the janitor to unlock the manager's office and repeatedly asked questions about how much money the restaurant had made the previous day.

The janitor reasonably believed the suspect was trying to steal the safe and refused to let him into the office.

According to the report, the suspect punched the victim two times then grabbed a broom and went back upstairs.

As the suspect was leaving, he reportedly told the janitor he was going to come back the next day with a gun, a threat the janitor believed was very much a possibility.

The suspect drove off in a car that had been parked across the street and was followed away by a white delivery van.

The janitor called 911 immediately following the crime, but another restaurant employee called police to properly report it and share surveillance video after a nearby business was burglarized Monday.

The suspect is described as a black man, approximately 45 years, 5-feet-five-inches tall with a small build. He was unshaven and had very short, curly hair. At the time of the incident he was wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and jeans.