Would-be thief with knives simply too far away to rob victims

SEATTLE -- A man told two brothers to hand over their wallets at knifepoint early Tuesday in South Park, according to the Seattle Police Department. Unfortunately for the man, he was 15 feet away from his victims at the time and knives aren't so good for long-distance robberies.

According to the police report for the incident, the victims were walking home after hanging out with friends shortly before 1:15 a.m. when a man approached them near the South Park Library.

The victims later told officers the man pulled two kitchen knives out of his leather jacket, pointed the knives at them and demanded their wallets.

Doing some quick math regarding the 15 feet separating them from the man's 6-inch knives, the victims simply crossed the street and ran off, calling 911 as they went, according to the report.

The victims said the man tried to chase them but gave up, settling for impotently yelling, "You better keep on running."

Officers were unable to find the man but do have a possible suspect, as an SUV belonging to a known violent offender was found parked near the attempted robbery.