Burien Police/King County Sheriff’s Office reports that three suspects used a gun to rob a woman of her purse in the area of SW 142nd Street and 4th Ave SW (map below) just after 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, Oct. 11.
Police say that the suspects displayed a handgun as they committed their crime and then took off running.
“Often suspects prey on individuals by outnumbering them and scaring them with a weapon before running off in fear of getting chased by witnesses or caught by the police,” Capt. Bryan Howard said.
Several officers were in the area within minutes and found the suspects nearby. One of them ran and was caught after officers used a taser to detain them. He had a loaded gun on him.
“Itâ€™s always a satisfying to look at the suspects face while we call the victimâ€™s phone number and the phone begins ringing from the suspectâ€™s pocket!” Howard added.
A backpack was also ditched by the suspects as they fled, likely containing the victimâ€™s purse. A K9 officer and his partner â€œFrodoâ€ (he must be fan of the Hobbit) responded. A short time later, Frodo found the backpack in some bushes and recovered the rest of the victimâ€™s property.
“We are grateful no one was hurt (suspects included) and thankful for the witness who went to the aid of the victim and used their own cell phone to call 911,” Howard said. “As usual, a caring Burien resident risked their own safety to help another, and their quick actions also aided in our capturing the suspect and his accomplices. Also some great teamwork by our officers!”
“We caught all three suspects near the Hertz lot,” Sgt. Cindi West told The B-Town Blog.
The Hertz lot is located at 14500 1st Avenue South.
Police recovered the gun and the victim’s purse.