Student Robbed This Morning While Walking to School

An armed robber pulled a gun on a teen and stole her backpack as she walked to school in West Seattle this morning.

The 13-year-old victim was walking down a staircase near 20th Avenue SW and SW Holden Street when a man approached her on the staircase, pulled out a gun, and told her to “give me everything you’ve got.”

The suspect patted the teen down looking for a cellphone and money. When he found neither, he snatched her backpack and fled.

The teen walked the rest of the way to school and reported the incident.

She described the suspect as a black male in his late 20s, muscular, wearing a purple bandana over his face, a black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Officers searched near the scene of the robbery, but were unable to find the suspect or the victim’s bag.

Police are working with Seattle Public Schools officials to ensure the safety of students on their way to and from school.

If you have any information about this case, please call 911.