According to Seattle Police, a man described as a "shoeless pot robber" was arrested Tuesday on Beacon Hill after hijacking a weed deliveryman and leading police on a muddy chase through a nearby greenbelt near Van Asselt Elementary School. The school was briefly locked down as a result of the crime, and authorities say the suspect was found after he fell out of a tree.
Around 12:30 pm today, the victim--a medical marijuana cardholder--met up with two suspects in the parking lot of a Safeway on Martin Luther King Jr. Way S. and S. Othello, to sell them a half-pound of marijuana.
During the meetup, one of the suspects pulled a gun on the victim and took the marijuana. The suspects then hopped in a purple Plymouth sedan and sped off.
The victim drove after the suspects, following them to a dead-end street near Beacon Avenue S. and S. Cloverdale, where the suspects bailed out their car and took off running into a greenbelt.
Officers fanned out through the greenbelt and searched for the suspects, and caught one of them after he fell out of a tree.
According to police, when officers apprehended the suspect he was found covered in mud and shoeless - a result of his efforts to elude the officers. He was booked into the King County Jail - while a search for the the second suspect continues. The stolen marijuana was located near the apprehended suspect's vehicle.