JASON RANTZ

‘I’m not moving, and I’ve got guns’: Drug dealer stakes claim to Seattle business

Sep 15, 2022, 6:02 PM | Updated: Sep 16, 2022, 6:26 am
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Robert, the owner of Yellow Butterfly Coffee in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood, feared for his life last Monday and again Thursday when a suspected drug dealer refused to move from his preferred spot on 3rd Ave.

The man sold drugs outside the coffee shop for about five years. Robert finally had enough and asked him to move someplace else.

“He says, ‘I’m not moving, and I got guns.’ Today, the same guy, he threatens me with a gun,” Robert told KTTH.

Robert hurried to summon Seattle Police. According to Robert, officers followed him on foot, seizing a gun and a knife. Seattle Police report threats of violence made on the 500 block of 3rd Ave. on Thursday morning.

The incident left him shaken, but he’s resolved to keep the business afloat.

“I was thinking about just taking some time off. But I’m not going to do that. Because the coffee shop is doing so well. Pioneer Square is coming back to life. And I love the vibe. I love the visitors coming to Pioneer Square. It’s such a great place to be,” Robert added.

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‘I’m not moving, and I’ve got guns’: Drug dealer stakes claim to Seattle business