A man and woman were arrested early Tuesday morning after police responded to a report of a street robbery in Rainier Valley.
Just after 4:30 am officers were called to Rainier Avenue South and South Kenyon Street by the robbery victim. The victim told officers he was confronted by a man, who told him he had a gun and threatened to shoot him. The victim stated that he was standing on the corner when a car stopped next to him and a male passenger got out. The suspect threatened the victim and then began to hit him. The suspect reached into the victim’s pockets and took his wallet, key and iPhone. The suspect then got back into the waiting car, which left the area.
About five blocks away officers located the suspected vehicle at South Webster and Renton Avenue South. The car matched the description provided by the victim, and was occupied by a female driver and male passenger. The car pulled over near South Holden where the male passenger got out and officers activated the emergency lights on their patrol vehicle. The suspect began running and officers chased on foot. Officers caught the suspect a short distance away and were able to take him into custody. The female driver in the car was contacted and detained by officers at the scene.
The victim of the robbery confirmed the identities of the male suspect and the female getaway driver and police found the victim’s stolen property lying in plain view on the front passenger floorboard. Both the male and female were arrested at the scene.
A check of the suspect’s names revealed that a no contact order was in place between them, as well as two outstanding warrants. The 28-year-old male and 32-year-old female were later booked into the King County Jail for robbery and the warrants, with requests for charges on the violation of the court order. Detectives will handle the follow up investigation.