CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Teenage suspects charged in Alki/Beach Drive robbery, carjacking attempts

(SPD dash-cam image from charging documents, showing pursued vehicle knocking down road markers)

10:40 AM: The three teenagers arrested Monday night after a police pursuit that followed three West Seattle incidents are now charged.

All three are scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 pm today on three charges each, according to the documents we received from the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office early this morning. We are not naming them because they are charged as juveniles. Each is charged with one count of first-degree attempted robbery and one count of second-degree robbery; Suspects #1 and #3, 14 and 16 years old, are each charged with second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission, while suspect #2, 14, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle.

The narrative in the charging documents says the three calls came in to 911 within the span of eight minutes just before 10 pm on Monday – first 2800 block of Alki, then 59th/Admiral, then 5700 block of Beach Drive. All listed similar descriptions of the people involved and a “silver vehicle.” One officer saw a silver Hyundai U-turning on Beach Drive while he was responding to the Beach Drive call – the victim pointed to it and he asked “is that them?” – and the pursuit began shortly after that. The driver – allegedly 14-year-old Suspect #1 (identified later via a specific piece of clothing seen on dash-cam video) – subsequently led officers on a chase at – as we reported that night – speeds up to 90 mph, before police deployed a “tire deflator device,” which led to them stopping and running near the north end of Boeing Field.

Here’s what the victims told police about what happened: In the 2800 block of Alki, he left his workplace and crossed the street to his parked car, and when starting to open it was approached by a masked person who said “give me your car, I have a gun.” He closed and locked his car and ran away back to his workplace to call 911.

At 59th/Admiral, three minutes later, a woman had just parked near her home and was responding to a text message when someone started banging on her car windows. She backed out of the space in a panic – reportedly hitting the suspects’ car in the process; as she drove away, she told police, they pursued her, but she lost them.

In the 5700 block of Beach Drive, the victim had just walked back to her car after viewing Christmas lights when “three males … swarmed” her, police wrote, demanding “give me the keys, give me the car.” One went into her car and stole her phone as well as one belonging to a friend who had accompanied her. She fled to a nearby house, tried to seek help “but was unsuccessful,” went back to her car figuring they were gone, but they weren’t; she said one grabbed her legs and threatened to shoot her, before they took her key fob and fled. Police were on the way because a witness had called, hearing the victim scream.

The charging documents do not include information about where the suspects live. Online records do not show previous cases for any of them. They continue to be held in juvenile detention; that will be reviewed again when they are arraigned this afternoon, and we’ll update.

8:50 PM: All pleaded not guilty at their arraignments today, and Judge Nelson Lee ordered all three to remain in juvenile detention. That will be reviewed again when they return to court January 3rd.

40 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Teenage suspects charged in Alki/Beach Drive robbery, carjacking attempts"

  • scott December 22, 2023 (12:04 pm)

    Need to charge as adults.  You should not be able to threaten with a gun, lead a high speed chase and endanger everyone and then go for a vacation at juvenile hall or worse yet just probation  

    • Anne December 22, 2023 (12:50 pm)

      We elect the KC Prosecutor-so keep track of how many of these 14-15-16 year olds are charged & how(as adults or juveniles). KCP might also just be following the law- so if you want laws changed look to state lawmakers. 

    • Agree December 22, 2023 (12:51 pm)

      Definitely need to be charged as adults….and thrown in an adult prison.  You play with guns, you pay the price.

      • jump to conclusions much? December 22, 2023 (5:56 pm)

        Important to note: Nothing in the narrative above translates to “you play with guns”. One of the suspects was quoted as saying he had a gun, but that’s different than wagging a gun in someone’s face. Both are significant, I’m not for sending kids to jail for anything, and the fact that there wasn’t a gun means a lot to a judge. For our peninsula’s keyboard-prosecutors, it’s important to think for like 15 or 20 seconds before rabble rousing in a public forum.

        • Rhonda December 22, 2023 (9:47 pm)

          jump to conclusions much?, IMPLYING that you have a gun during a robbery, even if you don’t, is armed robbery under our state’s RCW.

    • Susan December 22, 2023 (1:46 pm)

      Teen brains are famous for making stupid decisions without regard for the consequences.  That part of the brain doesn’t develop until into their 20s.  I’m NOT “excusing” these guys.  It makes me so sad that they haven’t had the guardrails that they need to keep them from leaving the rails like this.  We need more “Village” going on,  helping to raise young people.  Yes, it may be the parents’ responsibility, but all too many parents also need the “Village,” to learn the skills that they  weren’t exposed to in how they were raised.         Police can also play a significant part by learning to be Guardians rather than Warriors.  

      • Seattlite December 22, 2023 (2:56 pm)

        In other words, you reap what you sow.  These teens obviously come from extremely dysfunctional homes.  If one doesn’t understand what it takes to be a responsible parent(s) and provide for a family on ALL levels, then there is no family just dysfunction. 

        • Jethro Marx December 22, 2023 (6:52 pm)

          You obviously don’t know these kids or their parents; your words are just plain dumb.

      • Anne December 22, 2023 (3:34 pm)

        Really?? The no regard for consequences part of the brain  doesn’t  “ kick in” until the 20’s-like what age-21-23-25-28?? Baloney-sounds like an excuse to me. 

        • wetone December 22, 2023 (6:50 pm)

          But the military will take you at 18 ? If they have any prior issues in past with the law then I believe they should be charged as adults. In know way should they be released to parents under any circumstances, enabling them to repeat.

        • DL December 22, 2023 (7:29 pm)

          25. The brain does not stop physically growing until age 25. Science, not baloney. 

          • Byron James December 23, 2023 (3:45 pm)

            @DL. You’ve just made a “compelling” case that people under 25 shouldn’t be allowed to vote, drive a car or be allowed to sign a legal contract. 

          • K December 23, 2023 (5:32 pm)

            The draft starts at 18, which has long been the argument for allowing people to vote, drive, and sign legal contracts at that age.  The government picking convenient bench marks for what they need from people doesn’t negate the very real science of brain development.  No one is asking for zero consequences for young offenders, just pointing out that there’s a scientific reason to believe they will change and can be reformed into contributing members of society.  Charging children as adults is not appropriate, and is more likely to increase crime than stop it.

        • Bibliophile December 22, 2023 (8:12 pm)

          Actually the prefrontal cortex, which is the area of the brain that is responsible for executive functioning, isn’t fully developed until around the age of 25.  This is the area of the brain that helps us humans make decisions, determine right/wrong and good/bad, and helps us with impulse control.  

          • 1994 December 22, 2023 (10:46 pm)

            Sure, but many children by age 5-6 have developed an idea of the difference between right and wrong, good and bad. And beyond  age 5-6 this development continues in a positive manner if the child has a secure environment. Pro-social skills start early and earn positive reinforcement. By 14-16 a kid definitely knows right from wrong but can make impulsive ,and stupid, choices. Still, they have no excuse for stealing cars, threatening others, and such aggressive dangerous behavior toward others. Judge Lee has made a good decision to keep them secure. Judge Lee recognizes they are dangerous.

          • Byron James December 23, 2023 (3:48 pm)

            Humans never lose the ability to make impulsive and stupid choices.

          • Mike December 23, 2023 (7:11 am)

            Anyone on here making excuses for these actual physical deadly threats are either delusional or need to seek help.  This isn’t a Hollywood movie, this is real life in our neighborhood with our neighbors lives at stake.

      • Shadowtripper December 22, 2023 (4:26 pm)

        Teenagers today are fully aware that judges are constrained by law due to overcrowding to not incarcerate anyone unless they’ve actually shot someone. Returning them to the street means they’ve created another notch in their gun among their associates on the street.  We have a failed system that should bring back laws that make mandatory jail time for any crime where a firearm was involved. I’m only making an assumption, but I’ll bet they are responsible for numerous other crimes against society.  

  • Disgusted December 22, 2023 (12:50 pm)

    This is beyond ridiculous! They need to stay locked up at Juvie and  should be changed to charge all three as Adults.Three assaults with deadly weapon while attempting grand theft auto – all within 8 minutes!  They came to Alki with Intent to steal a car, the means to do it – escape vehicle, a gun, a leader, and a Plan to likely do something else once they’d gotten another vehicle.  No Regard for Society nor other peoples’ lives and their life. Lock ’em up.  Bye-bye.  No tears.  

  • nope December 22, 2023 (12:55 pm)

    I wonder why no charges for fleeing from the police- a class C felony. Are these other charges more serious, so that the fleeing charge wouldn’t add any additional sentencing time?

    • Daniel December 22, 2023 (1:03 pm)

      2nd degree robbery is a class B felony.  I don’t know how juvenile sentencing works, but it may be the case that a class B felony already hits whatever the maximum sentencing is there.

    • Rhonda December 22, 2023 (1:48 pm)

      Many times prosecutors strategically charge so there’s a better chance for a conviction. Sometimes that means leaving out concurrent felonies.

    • wscommuter December 22, 2023 (3:14 pm)

      If these three remain charged as juveniles (as I expect they will – if they have clean sheets, probably they stay in the juve system at this point – there are specific statutory standards for when the court can “decline” to treat one as a juvenile and move that person to adult court – probably not met here), they are each facing serious felonies (Att Rob 1 and Rob 2).  Whether juvenile or adult, adding additional felony charges does increase the offender score, but by statute, all of these felonies will run concurrently, assuming convictions, as opposed to running consecutively.  So adding another felony for Felony Elude could increase the time of incarceration, but only nominally.  The most serious crime charged, Att Rob 1, will be the measure of how much time is imposed under either the juvenile or adult system,  Again – all by statute; not by what judges or prosecutors decide, for the most part.  

  • Sillygoose December 22, 2023 (3:09 pm)

    Labor camp until their legal guardians pay in full restitution for all of the damage.

    • Freddie's Lebaron December 22, 2023 (5:29 pm)

      Labour camp!? Are you real!? Wtf mate? I hope you don’t vote…

    • you can't be serious December 22, 2023 (5:58 pm)

      Oh that’s good! Maybe they can pick cotton in shackles! That would make a great KOMO segment.

  • Patrick December 22, 2023 (3:53 pm)

    Agree with previous comments to charge these teens as adults. This isn’t exactly mischievous behavior—it’s excessive violence that has consequences.

  • tin man December 22, 2023 (5:22 pm)

    Hopefully these are the youth that have been causing the havoc around West Seattle lately. 

  • Westsideonr December 22, 2023 (7:26 pm)

    Great job, SPD!  Thank you so much! Let’s hope we can get some effective prosecution

  • Tired of the BS December 22, 2023 (9:32 pm)

    @Susan… Ever wonder if the “village” isn’t to blame as well?

  • Jeannie December 22, 2023 (11:23 pm)

    Imagine going through this. Let’s hope the little b——s don’t get away with a slap on the wrist:”In the 5700 block of Beach Drive, the victim had just walked back to her car after viewing Christmas lights when “three males … swarmed” her, police wrote, demanding “give me the keys, give me the car.” One went into her car and stole her phone as well as one belonging to a friend who had accompanied her. She fled to a nearby house, tried to seek help “but was unsuccessful,” went back to her car figuring they were gone, but they weren’t; she said one grabbed her legs and threatened to shoot her, before they took her key fob and fled. Police were on the way because a witness had called, hearing the victim scream.”

  • Donna December 23, 2023 (6:48 am)

    I’m not sure all it takes as youth, family and community resources that will successfully prevent this behavior but I do know that at the present time we don’t have those resources or at least enough of them, they will take quite a while to establish, and we don’t even know exactly those resources are (mostly we speak in generalities). Meanwhile we have a cohort of young people already engaging in these behaviors and I’m not hearing anybody offer any solutions that will literally on the spot halt them from future efforts other than getting them off the streets. Anybody have an evidence based solution that can do that? Maybe there’s a non-incarceration intervention that will decrease it from 3 times a night—-but still 1 time per week. Significant decrease, yes, but that 1 time could be the time they shoot somebody or in their dangerous driving to escape they kill somebody.

  • abovealki December 23, 2023 (8:30 am)

    What about the silver Hyundai they were in? Not sure this was mentioned anywhere in the accounts, but was IT stolen or was it legally in their possession, like from a family member?

    • WSB December 23, 2023 (2:16 pm)

      Yes, it’s mentioned in the story – that’s why they are all charged with some variant of car theft (either possession of a stolen vehicle or “taking a motor vehicle without possession”).

  • Disgusted December 23, 2023 (9:41 am)

    Some of these comments are just plain hateful and racist. West Seattle should do better. These are kids. Kids who deserve reasonable consequences for their alarming behavior. And y’all are calling for labor camps and adult prison time (which you know translates to all sorts of horrors). Get a grip and some therapy. 

    • Congrats December 24, 2023 (1:24 am)

      Sorry, kids. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes. Good luck w your life behind bars. Its for the best.

  • LayDownTheLaw December 23, 2023 (1:09 pm)

    Prosecute them to the fullest

  • Karen B December 23, 2023 (8:52 pm)

    I can’t speak to the legalities of whether these kids should
    be charged as adults or as juveniles, but IF juveniles are risking and impacting
    the lives of our community – I wish that the laws would/could change to allow the
    names of those who pose a danger to the community to be published, or the names
    of their parents/guardians. Protecting those who do pose a risk needs to stop. ! It leaves the
    rest of us off guard and more vulnerable.


    I’m angered/frustrated when the laws leave these “kids” with
    no record or one that can be expunged as they turn 18. That isn’t fair to any
    of us or any of the other young people who choose or who are able to take better
    paths. Whether these kids were neighbors or were from other places, the end
    result is that they need to realize they can’t prey on us
    without consequence.


    My observation is that some of these kids are not from “extremely
    dysfunctional homes” – some of them are growing up among us. I watched a seemingly
    normal neighbor kid at age 9 or 10 become kind of a “loner” and then evolve
    into a shoplifter/druggie by age 16.  

  • Gina December 29, 2023 (11:51 pm)

    These kids did assault on that poor woman.  They dangerously and violently terrorized several people.  Where were the parents?They don’t have a conscience or empathy.  They appear  like sociopaths.  This is beyond teen brains making stupid choices! They need to be prosecuted in order to have consequences. 

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