Violent purse-snatching in downtown Seattle caught on video

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snatchersSEATTLE — Surveillance video footage captured two men working together to violently snatch a woman’s purse outside of Nordstrom’s in downtown Seattle last week.

They are bold. They scout their victims and strike even in a crowd.

One of the two men, seen in the video and photo, on the right in a gray striped shirt, is still at large, police said.

On Jan. 25, in the midst of the downtown rush hour crowd, several city cameras captured the two men in the act.  The man in the gray striped shirt looks like he is casing the street.

The two men walk in and out of Nordstrom’s on Pine Street, then minutes later they are back. As a woman heads toward the entrance, one strikes, grabbing her purse and knocking her to the ground. Then the two take off.

“We don’t know how many victims; we have a lot of people, unbelievably, who don’t report it,” said retired police detective Myrle Carner.

“She’s fortunate that she (the victim) didn’t get a concussion from the thing,” said Carner.

The attack has some downtown shoppers on edge.

One of the suspects  has since been arrested and is facing theft charges. Police are hoping someone will recognize the other suspect.

“In my opinion, if this guy is that brazen in public, he’s going to do it again,” said Carner.

Folks who live and shop in the downtown area say they try to keep safe.

“I don’t really carry my designer purses because that makes you stand out,” said Seattle resident Myra Ayers.

“I always keep my purse to the front of my body, make sure the zipper is in front, and I just hold on to it,” said Seattle resident Amelia Sinnott.

“I usually don’t carry cash, things like that I cannot cancel quickly if I got robbed,” said Ayers.

“Being aware, especially in the city, who’s around, you what kind of characters are around,” said Sinnott.

If you recognize the guy in the striped shirt, call 800-222-TIPS.

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  • Blockwatcher

    How much time will they serve in jail for this? These guys are heading for a short life of crime and they'll be dead or in prison sooner than later.

  • Dave

    Seattle is getting so bad in the supposed "Good" areas like Downtown. I have lived in Chicago and miss it immensely and also in Kansas City and neither had close to the Violnece Seattle does where tourists and Regular Citizens work and shop. It`s ashame.

  • Dave

    OH i should mention that Chicago`s Violence happens in MOSTLY 5 HOODS (84% of violent crime) in a HUGE city with over100 Neighborhoods. That means less than 16% of vioent crime happens in the other 94% of that city. Those Hoods like Englewood, Humboldt Park,Austin etc are far away from city center (the Loop) and where Most good citizens and Tourists are or go. Good thing since the city of Chicago had 44 Million people visit it last year and nearly 1 Million people in Chicagoland, KC is much more the size of Seattle than Chicago an easier to compare and KC is SOMEWHAT like Chicago in that there is much more violent crime in some Bad areas but very few major incidents in the downtown area and the other nicer partsof the city close to downtown.

    That said, It`s really ashame that it is coming to this in Seattle. When i first moved here 8 years ago for a job it was different. My family and I just put our house up for sale and leaving. It`s just not as nice and fun as it was. Still alot of good people here we have just done Much better in other cities thats all. Best of Luck to all of you. Take your downtown and nicer areas back before it`s too late.