Teens Arrested Following Sunday Afternoon Purse Snatch

Officers arrested three teens for a purse snatch in the International District Sunday afternoon.

A man and his wife were loading groceries into their car in the 1200 block of South King Street Sunday around 5:30 p.m. when they were approached by three teens.  One of the teens ripped the woman’s purse from her shoulder as the group ran away.

Two officers in the area responded and quickly found the three teens trying to scale a fence in the 1200 block of South Lane Street.  The teens had made it to the opposite side of the fence but stopped when told to do so by the officers.  Additional officers arrived and took the three into custody without further incident.  Officers came upon a purse that contained the victim’s identification card ten feet from where the suspects were taken into custody. While searching the suspects, officers located debit cards and additional identification cards belonging to the victim.

Officers booked the teens, two aged 15-years-old and one 16-years-old, into the King County Youth Services Center for investigation of robbery.