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Police Search for Leads on Teen Girls Suspected In South Seattle Bleach Attacks

Police are looking for a pair of teenage girls suspected of throwing bleach on their victims during two failed robbery attempts Monday evening in South Seattle.

The first incident occurred around 7:15 PM in a parking lot in the 9000 block of Rainier Avenue South.

A woman was standing next to her vehicle when she heard a female voice say “excuse me” behind her.

When the victim turned around, the suspect threw a coffee cup filled with a caustic liquid, believed to be bleach, in the woman’s face and tried to grab her cellphone.

The victim was able to fight off the suspect and flee to a nearby store, where staff called 911. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment.

About an hour after the incident, police received a report of a strikingly similar attack in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 3900 block of South Othello Street.

Again, a woman was standing outside her vehicle when two teenage girls approached her and threw a caustic liquid in her face before attempting to grab her purse. The victim in the second incident was also able to fend off the suspects and held onto her purse.

The suspects in both incidents are black females 14-18, 4’11”- 5’5 tall, one had cornrow braids, both wore black hooded sweatshirts.

If you have any information about this case, please call the SPD Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5535 or call 911.

The Seattle Police department would like to take this time to remind people to be aware of your surroundings.  As you walk down the street , treat your jewelry and purses the same way you would treat cash, keep it close.  If you see something suspicious call 911. If something happens and you are the victim of a crime please call 911 immediately, even if you don’t speak English our language line will ensure we receive your information. Check out this pamphlet put together by Crime Prevention Coordinator, Mark Solomon for even more safety tips.