Man hoping to ease depression with walk gets robbed at knifepoint

SEATTLE -- A downtown Seattle resident hoping to ease his depression with a morning walk around the neighborhood ending up getting robbed at knifepoint last Thursday, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The victim decided to take a walk around 7 a.m. and was heading north in the 2000 block of Westlake Avenue when two men and a woman came up behind him.

According to the police report for the incident, one of the men asked the victim if he wanted something. The victim said no and kept walking.

Suddenly, one of the men grabbed the victim's hood and pushed him up against the wall of a nearby building, according to the report. The man reportedly took out a large knife and demanded the victim's money.

According to the report, the men took the victim's cellphone and wallet out of his pockets while the woman looked on. The men reportedly took approximately $40 out of the victim's wallet and handed it back to him (ignoring his suggestion to take his credit cards, as well).

The group walked off, and the victim borrowed a cellphone from a nearby business to call 911.

Officers stopped two possible suspects -- a girlfriend and boyfriend -- and the victim instantly identified the woman as having been involved in the robbery.

The victim told officers he wasn't sure about the man. But when officers released him, the victim became upset, saying he was now 90-percent sure the man had been involved in the robbery.

Officers had gotten the man's name and information before releasing him. They arrested and interviewed the woman then released her, as well.

The case has been forwarded to robbery detectives.