Officers arrested two teen boys in South Seattle and are looking for a third after they allegedly attacked a former classmate who had transferred schools to get away from them, police said.
The victim, a 13-year-old boy, stepped off a Metro bus in Rainier Beach just before 5 p.m. Wednesday and saw the three suspects across the street, according to the Seattle Police Department.
The boy, who attended a Seattle middle school with the three boys last year and had switched schools to escape their bullying, tried to get back on the bus but was reportedly denied entry by the driver.
The three boys then approached the victim, surrounded him and began punching, which knocked him to the ground. They then kicked him and stomped on his head before they fled the scene, according to Seattle police.
Officers arrived at the scene about a minute after receiving a report of the attack and searched the neighborhood while medics treated with boy, who had bruises on his head and visible scratches on his legs, according to a post on the police department’s blog.
Officers caught up to two of the boys and arrested them, police said. They were booked into the Youth Service Center on suspicion of assault. Police have the name of the third suspect and are searching for him.
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