Police are increasing patrols around Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in response to reports of more than 20 robberies that have occurred in the area in the past month.
Officers believe two or three groups of people are responsible for the 22 robberies near Broadway and East Pike Street and around Cal Anderson Park, according to the Seattle Police Department.
The string of robberies, which started around Aug. 9, have occurred around 11:30 p.m. and 4 a.m., primarily between midnight and 2 a.m. In many of the cases, the thieves stole cellphones and wallets, sometimes after attacking or holding the victims at gunpoint.
Many victims struggled to provide police with a clear description of the robbers because they strike quickly and outside of well-traveled areas, police said. Detectives don’t believe the separate groups are working together.
East Precinct commanders will be meeting with the Capitol Hill Business Association and working with businesses and residents around the neighborhood as detectives continue to investigate.
Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed a robbery in the Capitol Hill area, or anyone with video or photos that could help police identify suspects, to contact the Seattle Police Department robbery unit at 206-684-5535.