Police arrest 16-year-old boy as suspected RapidRide mugger

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perpSEATTLE — Police arrested a 16-year-old boy Friday in connection with a robbery in which a male followed a woman off a RapidRide bus and punched her in the face while robbing her on Dec. 10.

According to Seattle Police Department detectives, the robbery happened around 12:30 a.m. Dec. 10 when the woman got off a King County RapidRide bus at NW 85th Street and 15th Avenue NW. The woman, who preferred to be identified only as Tracy, said right after she left the bus, a white man who she believed to be in his early 20s tried to talk to her. The conversation soon turned sour when the man asked for her backpack, her phone and her money.

“He told me, ‘You seem like a good person and I don’t want to mess you up’,” Tracy said. “He said, ‘Don’t make me hurt you’.'”

Tracy, who is only 5-foot-2 and weighs 110 pounds, quickly found herself in the fight of her life. She said the man hit her in the face and the gut, but she refused to let go of her bag.

“His voice escalated and (it) started getting physical and he hit me in the face, hit me in the gut,” she said. “I didn’t let go of my bag and so he dragged me, with the bag, across the intersection.”

Finally, her face covered in blood and her stomach bruised, the robber managed to free the bag and flee. Tracy said she should have never taken out a MacBook laptop on the bus and worked during the ride. Still, a person shouldn’t face violence for trying to work on the bus, she said.

“That doesn’t give somebody the right to do that to anybody else,” Tracy said. “I should have the right to not be violated and work peacefully on the bus getting home from work and not feel threatened.”



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  • David

    Strong arm robbery. Hmmm If this keeps up maybe the federal government shoud ban strong ams… No more building your muscles in your arms. Strong arms hurt pople… lmao
    No disrespect to the victom just making a statement as rediculous as banning a gun cause an idiot miss uses one, and how quick or government is to blame and ban guns. People do thes crimes not arms , guns , slingshots, knives, or any other kind of violence. Violent sick PEOPLE commit these crimes not arms legs guns ect. People!

  • joe

    Arming all citizens is the first like of defense, next time sucker punch him with mace, tazors followed by the police on his back (which he hates!!) and/or or a bullet in the back.

  • kls

    You can see the suspect doesn't pay when he boards. He presents a transfer. So he was on another bus downtown — likely within the prior 2 hours. There would be fewer buses in that timeframe. Maybe there is other surveillance footage showing him on another bus. I wonder also if the bus driver remembers anything about the suspect given that he was showing a transfer. Did he see the transfer closely enough to see the time period on it and perhaps which route it originated from. It is hard to tell from the screenshots but it looks like the suspect is holding the transfer up but not offering it to the driver. In my experience riding buses from Ballard to/from downtown there are a fair number of people who try to not pay for rides and not surrendering the transfer likely means he intended to try to use it again. They should look to see if footage from another bus departing from Crown Hill shows him using that transfer again. However although that may have been his plan a prior article shows that after the robbery the victim followed the suspect for a short distance so it is possible that disrupted his plan.

    From combining this report and the earlier report I saw on the same story the victim reported that the police arrived on the scene (15th and 85th) at 12:36 and both the victim and suspect were gone. However the victim called again at about 1pm from 16th and 85th. The victim told the police that she saw the suspect enter an apartment building in the vicinity. The police did not find the suspect in the area. However it stands to reason that the suspect may live in an apartment at or near 16th and 85th or may know someone there.

    It would be interesting to know exactly what building the victim saw the suspect entering and whether that building is access controlled. Is it possible he went in and just out another door within minutes. However if it was access controlled he would have to have a key or maybe someone buzzed him in.

    This story also omits that the victim initially described the suspect as around 25 and Hispanic.

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