Two Arrested Following Rainier Valley Robbery, Auto Theft

Two suspects, ages 15 and 17, were arrested  following an incident in which they fled from a stolen car after assaulting and attempting to rob a pedestrian last night in the Rainier Valley.

Last night, just after 11:00 pm, a man was waiting at the Mount Baker Transit Center for his bus when he was “sucker punched” by an unknown person and knocked to the ground.  The victim told officers that he was then assaulted by two suspects, punching and kicking him while he was on the ground.  The man stated that the suspects were trying to take his wallet from his pants pocket, but that they were unable to.  The victim called out for help, and a witness called 911.  The suspects did grab the victim’s bag and fled on foot in opposite directions.  The witness was able to provide a description of the suspects and told officers that one of the suspects fled in a light colored older model Acura or Toyota.

King County Metro deputies working at the Transit Center took the initial robbery report.

A short time later, two South Precinct Anti-Crime Team officers saw a Toyota Corolla matching the suspect description in the area.  They ran a check on the license plate, and it came back as a stolen car.  The officers initiated a stop on the car, but the two suspects ran from the car.  The suspects were caught a short time later after a canine track located them and they were taken into custody.  The victim positively identified the two suspects as the ones who assaulted and robbed him.  The victim’s bag was located inside the stolen car.  The entire incident, including the robbery and stolen car, was documented by Seattle Police after confiring with the Transit officers.  The two suspects were later booked into the Youth Services Center for Investigation of Robbery and Auto Theft.