On Monday (11/28) at approximately 2:22PM, a Traffic Unit officer in the 15200 blk Tukwila International Blvd observed a 17-year-old male from Seattle with a bag being held in the same manner that a rifle would be held. The suspect was pointing the bag at three individuals near him. When the suspect saw the officer, he immediately began walking away while adjusting a rifle (pictured) in his bag. One of the victims yelled to the officer that the suspect had just robbed them at gunpoint.
The officer commanded the suspect to stop. Instead, the suspect looked right at the officer then continued to walk away. The officer retrieved his patrol rifle and pursued the suspect on foot. He quickly found the suspect who was emerging from some bushes nearby and was in the process of approaching the victims. The suspect was taken into custody at gunpoint and booked. The rifle was retrieved at the scene and taken for evidence.
The suspect is currently on probation for a previous Possession of a Stolen Firearm charge.
In the second unrelated incident on the same day at 8:39PM, a male reported having been assaulted and robbed at gunpoint by three individuals at the Link Light Rail station while waiting for a bus. The victim was visibly distraught when contacted by officers but was able to give a description of the suspects.
An officer performing an area check for the suspects located a 23-yeard-old male from Tacoma matching the description given of the one of the suspects. He was positively identified as the individual that had produced a firearm and threatened the victim with it. He was booked into jail on a Robbery 1st Degree charge.
These are just two incidents in a string of incidents that have occurred at the Light Rail Station and the overflow parking lot over the past year. There have been numerous robberies, assaults, near fatal overdoses, fatal overdoses, a fatal shooting in broad daylight, a stabbing, weapons brandished, fights, drug dealing, and drug usage associated with this particular area. Officers have made numerous arrests stemming from multiple incidents in the area over the past year as a result of some of these incidents and others. The majority of these incidents are not random and have been centered around narcotic transactions and narcotic related activity.