4 hours, 3 violent robberies in Capitol Hill

SEATTLE -- At least three people found themselves the victims of violent robberies over a four-hour time span last weekend in Capitol Hill, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the first incident, a man was standing in the 200 block of Broadway East around 11 p.m. Saturday when another man approached, punched him in the head, and took his phone, wallet and purse.

The victim was unable to give officers much information about the incident, including the type of phone that was stolen or what was in his wallet.

Around 2:30 a.m. Sunday a woman and her friend were sitting at a bus stop in the 900 block of East Union Street, about five blocks away from the earlier robbery.

According to the police report for the incident, two men walked up to the victim's friend and started talking to her while the victim was on the phone with her mother, trying to get a ride home.

The men reportedly grabbed the phone from the victim and pushed her down. The victim's friend told officers she followed the men as they ran away and saw them get into an older blue sedan.

The victim described the robber as a heavyset black man in his 20s who spoke with an East Coast accent, like he was from New England.

Less than an hour later, a man was walking home in the 1700 block of Belmont Avenue when he was approached by another man. The victim told officers he talked to the man for a few minutes before the man pulled out a gun and pointed it at his mouth.

According to the police report for the incident, the man demanded the victim's wallet and other belongings, and the victim handed them over.

The victim described the robber as a skinny black man approximately 5-feet-11-inches tall with short hair. He said the man claimed to be Ethiopian, but he thinks he was Somali.

The victim told KOMO's Kristen Drew he contacted the police Tuesday for a follow-up, and they had not assigned a detective to the case.

"I think that's pretty cheap considering that you have someone running around with a gun robbing people with impunity," he said. "That seems like it should take higher priority for the police force."