Police: Shoeless pot thief arrested after falling out of tree

SEATTLE -- Demonstrating that bad things happen if you step out of your element, an alleged marijuana thief was thwarted when he left the streets and headed for the woods, leading to his arrest after falling out of a tree, shoeless and covered in mud.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the suspect and another man pulled a gun on a medical-marijuana cardholder who was delivering the men a half-pound of pot around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Safeway parking lot near Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Othello Street.

The men drove off with the un-paid-for marijuana, and the victim followed them to a dead end near Beacon Avenue South and South Cloverdale Street, according to police.

Officers started searching for the men after they ran into a wooded area near I-5.

They arrested one of the men after he fell out of a tree, missing both his shoes and covered in mud, according to police.

Officers also found the stolen marijuana near the abandoned car but are still looking for the second man.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail.

Van Asselt Elementary was briefly locked down following the robbery.