Teen suspected of stealing computer from woman in wheelchair is arrested: ‘Awesome!’
SEATTLE — One of the suspects who stole a tablet computer from a disabled woman in a wheelchair at Northgate Mall last month was arrested Tuesday, Seattle police said.
“Oh my gosh, that is awesome,” said the victim, Carolyn, when told of the arrest over the phone by Q13 FOX News anchor/reporter David Rose. ” It makes me feel really good and I’m really happy.
“There was a historian who said the only way evil triumphs is if good people do nothing, and we’ve just proved that there’s a bunch of good people in Washington state,” Carolyn said.
She added that she feels a lot safer now that the suspect who scared her during the robbery is in jail.
Several tipsters, including Q13 FOX News viewers and Washington’s Most Wanted viewers, identified the 17-year-old suspect to detectives, Seattle police detective Dag Aakervik said.
Police said that when they pulled the teen’s previous booking photo, it matched up with the man seen stealing the woman’s tablet on Northgate security cameras on Aug. 22.
At about 11 a.m. Tuesday, detectives tracked the teen to a home near the Seattle/Skyway border, in the 12000 block of 68th Avenue S., and took him into custody.
Detectives booked the suspect into the Youth Service Center for theft and are now working to identify a second suspect in the case and recover the victim’s computer, police said.
If you have any information on the second suspect's identity, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips.