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Public assistance sought in locating homicide suspects

On October 25th, West Precinct Anti-Crime (ACT) officers took a report from citizens who had just been assaulted and robbed in the area of 5th and Mercer.  As the ACT officers conducted an area check for the suspects, they interrupted another assault and robbery in progress.  A group of about 5 juvenile suspects were standing over a 53-year-old victim, physically assaulting him as he lay on the ground.  When the officers made contact with the suspects, they fled on foot.  Two were caught and arrested.  The others escaped.

The 53-year-old victim, a Seattle resident, was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he received emergency care.  He was released.  The two suspects, both 15, were booked into Youth Service Center for Investigation of Robbery.

Sometime either late November 2nd or early November 3rd, the 53-year-old victim died.  Seattle Police Homicide received notification from the King County Medical Examiner’s Office that the cause of death was directly related to injuries sustained in the October 25th assault.  The two suspects, still in custody, were rearrested for Investigation of Murder.

Homicide detectives are appealing for public assistance.  Unfortunately, the only description that we have is that the suspects were black males in their mid-teens.  Detectives are hoping that other citizens in the area of Seattle Center the evening of October 25th may have had an interaction with these youth that may not have resulted in a report to police.  Any additional information will be greatly useful as the detectives continue their investigation.  Anyone with information is urged to contact Seattle Police Homicide at 206 684-5550.