Police Looking For Suspects After Lake Ridge, Rainer Beach Robberies

Detectives are investigating a possible connection between a pair of robberies early Monday in the South Precinct after victims reported seeing a green car flee the scene of two different hold-ups in Lake Ridge and Rainier Beach.

The first robbery happened just after midnight, when two suspects armed with handguns approached two men on the street near Renton Avenue S. and S. 112th Place.

One of the suspects demanded the victims’ cell phones and wallets. The suspects then ordered the victims to turn and face away from them as they fled.

The victims–who are both visiting from out of state–called police about 15 minutes later. They could only describe the suspects as black males in their late teens or early 20s,. They also noted they had seen a green vehicle driving away from the scene after the robbery.

Officers, including an SPD K9 team, and the King County Sheriff’s Office Guardian One helicopter searched the neighborhood, but weren’t able to find the suspects.

Later that morning, around 3 AM, police received another report of a similar robbery near Rainier Avenue S and Seward Park Avenue S.

In that case, the victim told officers he was walking home along 56th Avenue S. and S. Fletcher Street when a green Subaru pulled up alongside him. A man climbed out of the passenger seat, pulled out a handgun, and demanded the victim’s cash and cellphone.

The suspect pistol-whipped the victim, took his wallet, and fled the scene in the green Subaru.

The victim walked to a nearby business and called 911.

SPD Robbery Detectives are investigating both cases, and asking anyone with information to call (206) 684-5535.