Followup: How police found the second suspect arrested for recent crimes against students

A brand-new update on SPD Blotter reveals new details of the robbery-case arrest reported here over the weekend after an update was sent to local community-group leaders. Posted this afternoon by SPD Blotter’s Jonah Spangenthal-Lee:

Detectives say a 15-year-old student tried to rob two teens, stole a package from a West Seattle home, and then climbed out of the wreck of a stolen getaway car before rushing back to his high school earlier this month.

Police arrested the teen Friday evening for the string of West Seattle crimes on February 2nd. Around 9 AM, the suspect stepped out of a silver minivan in the 6900 block of 34th Ave SW and began following two 17-year-olds on the street. The suspect repeatedly demanded the pair of victims hand over their cellphones. When the teens refused to give up their phones, the suspect punched both boys in the face. The victims ran away and reported the incident to police.

About four hours after the attack, detectives believe the suspect stole a package of luggage off the porch in the 7100 block of 28th Ave SW, just a few blocks from the scene of the suspect’s attempted robbery. Witnesses described seeing the suspects speeding away from the scene of the theft in a silver minivan. Officers later found the empty minivan crashed into a parked car.

Police impounded the van and contacted the owner, who had reported it stolen. Detectives later searched the van and found cellphones and the luggage stolen from the 7100 block of 28th Avenue.

Detectives were able to tie one of the phones to the 15-year-old, and his 17-year-old victims were able to pick him out of a photo lineup. While police were at the suspect’s school investigating the case, security staff said they had seen the suspect running back onto campus shortly after police had found the crashed minivan nearby.

15 Replies to "Followup: How police found the second suspect arrested for recent crimes against students"

  • Plf February 17, 2015 (1:24 pm)

    Trust me owner of the van, nothing will happen to this thug because he is a minor
    Our car was demolished by 3 minors who stole a truck and slammed into our parked care
    Nothing happened to the kids because they were minors, no financial recourse zip any accountability

    • WSB February 17, 2015 (1:28 pm)

      Can’t speak to the van but robbery charges are felonies. Juvenile cases are difficult to track but we’ll see what we can find out about this one, since it’s been a few days since the arrest. – TR

  • Bewildered February 17, 2015 (1:59 pm)

    Figures. This is good news and someone is already complaining about something.

    I, for one, am pleased. Kudos to the police.

  • L February 17, 2015 (2:03 pm)

    Plf – There may not have been criminal charges (it’s up to the DA to press charges), but why can’t you sue them in civil court for damages?

  • Linda February 17, 2015 (2:13 pm)

    The parents/guardians are responsible for this kids and his actions. I hope they get all get the help they need and not just “punishment”.

  • newsie February 17, 2015 (2:22 pm)

    Great work by the police!

    I too was under the impression that parents are responsible for the actions of their minor children, so Plf could take the parents to court for the van damage. But I’m not a lawyer, I only play one on the internet.

  • BTsea February 17, 2015 (2:36 pm)

    Great job police! Now for the court to do its job. I will be completely surprised if these scuzballs get punished.

  • Plf February 17, 2015 (2:37 pm)

    I have spent 6 months dealing with this, police reports don’t name the minors that are involved and parents are not necessarily responsible
    DA prioritize their cases and these cases with minors rarely see the light of day
    I hope there is a different outcome for this situation

  • B February 17, 2015 (3:41 pm)

    Plf – first off, very sorry that happened to you! It’s strange to hear the perps are not named; when you file with your insurance, I’m assuming you reference a SPD report #, and I would have though the insurers then go talk to the person named in the report. Guess not though.. still, you should be able to press charges (you tell the police “I want to press charges”), right? Then they have to give you the names?

  • Jack February 17, 2015 (3:48 pm)

    No..minor names are never released. However if he is 17 there is a chance they will try him as an adult. Especially since there was physical assault of minors involved.

  • R&N February 17, 2015 (4:07 pm)

    We also had mail theft on both Feb 6 and Feb 7th. We are in the 7100 block of 30th Ave SW. One package each day. Wonder if it’s the same perp? We did report to SPD.

  • A February 17, 2015 (9:30 pm)

    I know this guy. He’s a great guy and would never do anything like this …

  • L February 17, 2015 (10:28 pm)

    > you should be able to press charges (you tell the police “I want to press charges”), right?

    Nope. Whether or not criminal charges are pressed is entirely up to the DA. These are the kinds of charges that can eventually result in jail time.

    However, anyone can bring a civil lawsuit seeking money for damages. Probably against the minor’s parents in this cases, but IANAL.

    Famously, the criminal case against OJ Simpson returned a “not guilty” verdict, but his victims’ families sued him in civil court and won a $25 million judgment.

  • Curious February 17, 2015 (11:44 pm)

    any description on this kid? just curious which juvi robber it was.

  • Dave February 19, 2015 (7:55 am)

    Convicted minors can be made to pay restitution. Our house was robbed a few years ago and one of the kids (14 years old) had to pay us for the insurance deductible. We have been getting checks for $50, $75 etc. trickling in ever since.

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