Monday, May 27, 2024
HomeseattleMasked thieves prowling streets near Seattle schools to mug students: police

Masked thieves prowling streets near Seattle schools to mug students: police

Masked suspects in Seattle are reportedly prowling the streets targeting high school students for their phones and other personal belongings, police reported.  

“They all grabbed me and threw me on the ground and just kind of started beating me up and hitting me in the back of the head. I was down in the fetal position kind of covering my face,” a Ballard High School sophomore told KIRO 7 of one incident earlier this month as he walked home from school. 

Seattle Police said in a news release Monday that investigators have linked four reported incidents where students near Ballard High School and Whitman Middle School were mugged. The schools are located about 1.5 miles from each other. 

“The suspects in these incidents were described as a group of 4-6 subjects. Most of the cases involve 3-6 Black males wearing ski masks or hoodies, but it was also reported an Asian male and Black female may have been involved in one of the incidents,” police said Monday. 

Police said in the press release they will deploy more patrols near the schools “when staffing allows.”

“These crimes against our youth in our communities are a high priority for the department. We do ask that you keep your safety a number one priority and be vigilant in identifying a potentially dangerous situation,” the department added.

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