Seattle police believe they may have caught at least one teen connected to the armed muggings and beatings of West Seattle middle-schoolers earlier this week.
When officers approached a dozen teens hanging out around 4 p.m. today near Roxhill Park, where the armed robberies took place, several of them took off running. Officers chased after them and caught eight, all between 14 and 18 years of age.
One 18-year-old was arrested and booked into King County Jail because of a gun and box of ammo in a car he’d been driving. The seven other teens were released, but police say they’re continuing to examine any links between them and recent robberies in the area.
Police are also in the process of obtaining warrants to search two vehicles at the park.
South Precinct officers have stepped up patrols in the Roxhill Park area since the robberies earlier this week, according to the department.
The first incident happened Sunday, when two men, one with a shotgun, took cash and cell phones from a group of children. Two victims were hit with the shotgun, giving them cuts and bruises. The second happened Tuesday when two men, both armed with handguns, robbed another group of children.