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June 9, 2009 at 8:15 AM

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Pedestrians robbed at "fork point" near Northgate

Posted by Nick Provenza

Seattle police said a 24-year-old woman used a fork to rob two pedestrians of their cash near the Northgate Mall late Monday, before fleeing in an SUV with two men.

Officers later tracked down the vehicle and arrested all three people inside, recovering a wad of cash and the fork apparently used during the crime, Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt said.

The incident occurred just before 11 p.m., when police were called to an area just east of the Northgate Mall, near First Avenue Northeast and Northeast 107th , Witt said.

A woman there said she and a companion were walking down the street, when a black Cadillac Escalade rolled up, a woman got out, waved what appeared to be a knife and demanded cash.

After both pedestrians handed over an undisclosed amount of money, Witt said, the robber got back into the SUV and fled.

Police later stopped the vehicle and arrested two men, both 25, and the woman, Witt said. Police say they also recovered the weapon used in the robbery, determining it was "a fork held in such a manner as to appear to be a knife," Witt said.

The victims later identified the suspects, who were booked into King County Jail for investigation of robbery. One of the men had been arrested previously and convicted in connection with a bank robbery, Witt said.

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