2 arrested in Seattle after failed robbery attempt, foot chase

SEATTLE - Two suspects were arrested Monday night after trying and failing to rob Yesler Terrace residents at gunpoint, then fleeing on foot, police said.

The incident began just before 10 p.m., when there were several calls to 911 of a disturbance involving three men, one armed with a firearm, in the 900 Block of East Fir Street.

One caller said the three men had removed a weapon from the trunk of a car that was parked in front of one of the houses on that block. The caller then said that the suspects were attempting to speak to someone in the house, but the occupants would not let them in because they were displaying weapons.

The suspects left the house - one of them reportedly armed with a lead pipe and a shotgun - and confronted a man walking on the street, according to 911 reports.

The suspects demanded money from the man. When he refused to to give them anything, one suspect struck the man in the face with the butt of the shotgun. The other suspects tried to hit him as well, but missed. The man was not seriously injured.

Officers began arriving at the scene and saw three suspects matching the description provided by 911 callers. The three suspects starting running when they saw police.

Officers pursued on foot for a block, catching up with two of the suspects and taking them into custody. The third suspect was not found.

During the foot chase, officers heard the sound of a slamming lid. After the suspects were in custody, officers retraced the pursuit route and found a sawed-off shotgun and a loaded .38 caliber revolver inside a recycle bin.

The suspects, ages 23 and 25, were later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of attempted robbery and gun possession.

The car the suspects arrived in was impounded. The weapons were submitted into evidence.