11/23/2014

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Police: Victims robbed by men they let crash their party

SEATTLE -- You're nice enough to let some strangers, who seem OK, hang out at your party, and what happens? They rob you with the help of some broken beer bottles. Not cool, party crashers.

That's exactly what happened to a University District resident and his friends early last Sunday, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The victims were throwing a party at an apartment in the 5000 block of 22nd Avenue Northeast and posted a notice about it on Facebook. Around 9 p.m. Saturday, seven men no one knew showed up.

According to the police report for the incident, the victims thought the men seemed OK and let them hang out. The men would come and go from the party several times that night.

The men returned for the final time around 3 a.m., at which point the party consisted only of the resident and four friends, two of whom were sleeping in a bedroom.

According to the report, one of the men asked the three awake victims if they had iPhones on them then demanded they hand them over.

The victims thought the men were joking until one of the men, realizing he wasn't being taken seriously, reportedly smashed a beer bottle and brandished it at the victims.

According to the report, two of the victims immediately emptied their pockets, as did the third victim after briefly refusing and being choked by one of the men.

At this point the two sleeping victims woke up, and the men immediately demanded their belongings, as well, according to the report. Once again, the victims though the men were joking until one of them reportedly smashed a second beer bottle.

The bottle-smashing move remained effective, and the men left with the property of all five victims, according to the report.

The victims ran across the hall to a neighbor's apartment and got him to call 911.

The neighbor later told officers someone banged on his door shortly before the robbery. When he didn't answer, he heard a man whisper, "No, not that one."

Officers were unable to find the suspected robbers.

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