Police: Hookah thief stays step ahead of cops during assault spree

SEATTLE -- A suspected hookah thief stayed one step ahead of pursuing officers during a brief assault spree Sunday night in downtown Seattle, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, an employee at the downtown Target heard glass breaking around 9:15 p.m. and saw a man walking away from the Argus Dab Smoke Shop across the street holding a 3-foot glass and gold hookah.

Officers arrived too late to catch the suspected hookah thief, as well as a second man who was with him.

But five minutes after the burglary, an assault involving a man fitting the hookah thief's description was reported at Joe's Mart around the corner, according to the report.

Officers responded but were again too late to nab the suspect.

About an hour later, another assault -- reportedly involving a man holding a hookah -- was reported in Pioneer Square. This time, officers got there in time to arrest the suspect.

The smoke shop owner was transported to the scene and positively identified the stolen hookah, which was returned to him.

The suspect is facing possible burglary and assault charges.