Woman asking for directions carjacked at knifepoint

SEATTLE -- A driver stopped to ask a man directions to a restaurant near the Seattle Center Saturday night only to be carjacked at knifepoint, forced to drive the man around and eventually robbed, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim pulled up alongside a seemingly normal-looking man in the 200 block of Roy Street around 9:45 p.m. and asked if he knew where Teatro ZinZanni was located, as she was supposed to meet a friend there for dinner.

The victim later told officers she is usually cautious around strangers, but the man didn't give her any reason for concern.

The man told the victim he knew where the restaurant was then reportedly pulled out a knife and pointed it at her through the open window. According to the report, the man said, "This is a robbery. I'm not going to hurt you. I want your money."

When the victim told him she only had $2 in cash and her debit card, the man ran around the car and got into the passenger seat, according to the report. He told her to drive and gave her directions to get onto Mercer Street heading east.

The victim told officers she thought about jumping out of the car while she was driving, but the man noticed her looking around and said, "You don't want to do that." She said the man was calm and never raised his voice, but she feared for her life.

According to the report, the man eventually had the victim stop in a dark area on Boren Avenue North near Thomas Street. He reportedly got her PIN then had her get out of the car.

The man drove off with the victim's cellphone, debit card, house keys and driver's license, according to the report.

The victim told officers she asked six different pedestrians to let her use their phone, but no one would help her. She eventually went to a restaurant in the 300 block of Terry Avenue North, where an employee let her call police.

Officers arrived to find the victim extremely shaken by the incident. They took her to pick up an extra set of house keys then searched her home to make sure the man, who now had her keys and address, wasn't there.