Police: Robber uses online sex ads to find targets

Police: Robber uses online sex ads to find targets
David Hansen. Photo courtesy of SPD.
SEATTLE -- Police are on the hunt for an accused robber who uses online personal ads to find his victims.

In the last several months, police say 25-year-old David Hansen has robbed at least three people using fake personal ads.

The victims believe they're meeting Hansen for sex, but when he shows up at their homes he robs them, according to police. In one November robbery, police say Hansen also brutally beat his victim.

In another case earlier this month, police say Hansen showed up at a Capitol Hill home for sex, but quickly pulled out a gun and robbed the two male victims of their phones, laptops and wallets.

Officers thought they had Hansen hemmed in Tuesday night at a Central District apartment complex, but he somehow managed to make his escape.

Anyone who knows where Hansen is or has been victimized by him is asked to call 911 or contact the Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.