Seattle police are asking for help in identifying a violent mugger who walked up behind another man, slammed his fist into the man's head, knocking him to the ground unconscious, and then robbed him in an alley in the Belltown neighborhood -- a crime caught on surveillance video.
The mugging took place on Friday, Aug. 24, around midnight.
Surveillance video in the 300 block of Lenora Avenue shows an Asian man walking alone down the alley. The suspect wearing a white T-shirt and red baseball cap comes up behind him and smashes him in the head with his fist.
The victim hits the ground face-first, apparently unconscious. The suspect then rummages through the man’s pockets, even flipping his limp body over twice on the pavement. The suspect took the victim’s wallet, cell phone and shoulder bag before walking casually away, leaving the victim lying unconscious on the ground.
"It kind of really brings home what a violent crime that really is. You have a suspect who is not only willing to rob you, to take your property from your person directly, by force and with violence and obviously willing to assault you in the process,” said Seattle Police spokesman Jeff Kappel.
The victim suffered a broken jaw and some head injuries.
If you have any information on the identity of the violent strongarm robber, call the SPD Robbery Unit or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.