Citizens Respond To A Woman In Distress And Hold Down Robbery Suspect Until Police Arrive

Three men responded to a woman’s cries for help and pinned down a robbery suspect until police arrived on scene yesterday in South Seattle.

On March 7th at approximately 6:10 p.m. officers responded to the report of a strong-arm robbery at MLK Jr. Way South and South Edmunds Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that the 20-year-old female victim was getting off of the commuter train at MLK Jr. Way South and South Edmunds Street when she was approached by an unknown 16-year-old male suspect who grabbed her purse. The victim and suspect fought over the purse until the suspect was able to shove the victim away from him and take possession of the purse. The suspect then took off running.

The victim ran after the suspect, yelling and screaming for assistance.

Three men who happened to be in the immediate area responded to the victim’s cries for help and cornered the suspect, eventually pinning him to the ground until responding officers arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody without further incident.

The officers recovered the woman’s purse and promptly returned it to her with all of her property. She was not injured during the incident.

The 16-year-old male suspect was booked into juvenile detention for Investigation of Robbery.