Two robbery suspects were caught with a handgun and a backpack full of narcotics early this morning after they robbed two men and led officers on a brief foot chase through Capitol Hill.
Officers Jamison Maehler and Christopher Couet were walking a foot patrol near Broadway and East Howell Street just before 5 AM when they heard a man shouting for police. Officers raced to the man’s aid, and learned two suspects had offered him drugs and then tried to rob him at gunpoint.
The victim pointed out the two suspects, who were walking south on Broadway.
Officers Maehler and Couet chased after the suspects, who split up and took off in different directions. Police were able to chase down and arrest both men, who are 20 and 22 years old.
Police discovered the 20-year-old was carrying a pistol, along with a backpack containing 8 grams cocaine, 7 grams heroin, 8 grams of heroin and a variety of pills, marijuana and a small scale. He is also convicted felon unable to legally possess firearms.
As officers were investigating at the scene, police received another report that the same two suspects had robbed another man in the same area a short time earlier.
Police booked both suspects into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.