Seattle Police have details of an armed robbery of a teenager at 24th and East Yesler Friday night. That report along with details of another reported attempted mace hold-up near the Jackson Starbucks, below.
Here is the SPD report on Friday night’s robbery. Not documented in the report is that the robbery came following a Friday night basketball game at Garfield which made the area around the school busier with students than normal, complicating the search for the suspect. A K-9 unit was deployed in the area but was not successful in turning up the suspect.
On December 17th at approximately 9:54 p.m. the 15-year-old male victim was walking home in the area of 24th Avenue South and East Yesler Way. The adult male suspect ran up to the victim from behind and began walking next to him. The suspect then stood in front of the victim and pulled a gold chain necklace off of the victim’s neck. The suspect then pulled a small black handgun from his pocket and put the barrel of the gun to the victim’s chest and warned the victim to forget about him. The suspect kept the necklace and fled on foot.
Investigation indicates that the suspect and victim are not known to each other. Responding officers and K-9 units conducted an extensive area search however, the suspect remains at large.
The suspect is described as a black male, 18 to 21 years of age, 5’9″ tall, 160 pounds, with black, shoulder-length dreadlocks, gold teeth, and was last seen wearing a red baseball cap and dark-colored denim pants.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police immediately.
Meanwhile, earlier Friday night just before 6 PM, a 911 caller reported that a female had pointed mace and tried to rob the victim at 23rd and Jackson before heading back inside the Starbucks.
There’s been a recent spate of robberies including mace and pistols in the area. There was no report of a gun involved in the 23rd and Jackson attempt and no mention of mace in the report or on police radio during the search for the Yesler suspect.