(UPDATEx3) Suspects Arrested After Tourists Robbed Outside Downtown Bus Tunnel

Update 9/16/2015: Police have arrested two additional suspects in the case.

On September 14th, SPD robbery detectives learned a 27-year-old woman wanted in connection with the robbery was already being held at the King County Jail on unrelated charges. Detectives brought the woman to police headquarters for an interview and booked her back into the jail for investigation of robbery and assault.

Today, September 16th, detectives arrested a 25-year-old man at 4th and Yesler and booked him into jail for investigation of robbery and assault. Detectives are still investigating the case and working to identify other suspects.

Update 9/1/2015:
Detectives need your help identifying a group of men and women suspected of robbing a group of tourists in downtown Seattle last week. Police recovered video from the scene, which shows the group of suspects walking at 3rd Ave. and Pine St the night of the incident.

If you recognize any of the individuals in the video, please call SPD Robbery Detectives at (206) 684-5535

Update:
Officers have arrested a 17-year-old boy in connection with a robbery that occurred Monday night.
West precinct bike units spotted the suspect at 11:30 AM today while patrolling the area around 3 Ave. and Pine St.

Robbery Detectives interviewed the suspect and booked him into the Youth Services Center for investigation of robbery.  

 If you have any information about this case, please contact the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.

Original:

Police have increased patrols around 3rd Avenue and Pine Street after a group of suspects attacked and robbed three tourists late Monday night outside the downtown bus tunnel.

The victims, who were visiting Seattle from Rhode Island, were walking to the tunnel’s entrance just before 11 PM when they passed by a group of men and women on the street.

One of the women in the group confronted the victims and accused them of bumping into her. When one the victims apologized to the group, a female suspect burned one of the victims, a 29-year-old man, with a lit cigarette. The group of suspects stole a cellphone from the victims and then struck the 29-year-old man in the head with a broken bottle when he began shouting for help. The suspects also attacked the two female victims–who are 23 and 24 years old–punching them both in the face.

Police arrived at the scene, but the group of suspects had fled. However, officers did arrest one man at the scene after he interfered with medics’ efforts to treat the victims, and told the victims they “deserved’ to be beaten and robbed. Police are investigating whether the man was also involved in the robbery.

The victims weren’t able to provide police with many details about the group of suspects, but did describe the woman who burned the male victim as a black female in her 20’s, 5’8″-5’10”, with a heavy build, wearing a brown jacket, grey shirt and jeans.

West Precinct Bike officers are focusing their patrols in the area around the bus tunnel as detectives work to identify the suspects.

If you have any information about this case, please contact the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535.