Good Samaritan who saw 2 men steal girl’s cell phone helps capture suspects

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SEATTLE — Two men stole a cell phone from a 15-year-old girl waiting at a bus stop in the Beacon Hill neighborhood Thursday, but a witness helped chase down one of the two suspects, police said.
The victim was listening to music on her phone while waiting for her bus in the 4700 block of South Graham Street at about 7:30 p.m. when one of two men snatched the phone from her. They then ran away.
A Good Samaritan who witnessed the crime chased the two men down the street, over fences and through yards, police said.

He continued pursuing them as police flooded the area.  Officers quickly caught up to the witness and one of the suspects.

Eight minutes after catching the first suspect, officers, with help from a K-9 team and King County’s Guardian One helicopter, took the second suspect into custody and recovered the girl’s phone, police said.

The man who chased the suspect was treated by Seattle Fire medics at the scene for a cut sustained while climbing a fence, police said.

Officers booked a 17-year-old male into the King County Youth Service Center for a warrant and investigation of robbery and an 18-year-old male into King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

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