U District victim: 'The first thing we heard was a gun cock'

U District victim: 'The first thing we heard was a gun cock'
SEATTLE - One of the latest victims in a string of armed robberies near the University of Washington campus says the attackers bashed him in the face with a gun after they discovered he had nothing on him worth stealing.

The early Saturday attack came just a week after three others in the very same neighborhood, striking fear into residents there for the second week in a row.

The victim, Cory Lockwood, says his left eye is tough to open after the attack. Even when he stretches the achy muscles around it, what he sees is mostly blurry.

It's right where a handgun hit him early Saturday, and the purple, bubbled mark proves it.

"It was pretty crazy. It was the scariest thing I've ever been through," he says.

Lockwood and a friend were heading home from the row of fraternity houses in the University District when they reached 56th Street and 17th Avenue. They saw two men pop up from behind a car.

"The first thing we heard was a gun cock, and we looked up, and the guy said, 'Give us everything you've got, and you won't get hurt,'" Lockwood says.

Lockwood's friend handed over keys, a wallet and a phone. But Lockwood had nothing on him, and the robbers got violent, hitting the two students.

The robber hit Lockwood's friend in the forehead and then whipped Lockwood under the eye.

According to Lockwood, the two robbers were black men dressed in dark hooded sweatshirts. One had a bandana over his face. They fled on foot south on 16th Avenue NE after the attack, police said.

Officers arrived on scene and searched the area for the two suspects, but could not find them.

This is the second time in as many weeks armed robberies have rocked the U District. Last weekend, three robberies happened just blocks away from Saturday morning's hold up. Seattle police made an arrest in those cases, but is still investigating the crime against Lockwood.

In all the robberies, a handgun was used to hit the victims and all were attacked just a few blocks from the University of Washington between NE 50th Street and NE 56th Street.