'RapidRide robber' caught

Police have caught the 16-year-old man who mugged a woman after getting off the RapidRide bus in Crown Hill, according to Seattle Police Department.

He was arrested last night, Dec. 20, after he was spotted boarding a Metro bus in downtown.

We reported earlier in the week, and last Friday in our Police Blotter, on the incident. A woman who had been working on her Macbook laptop on the bus was approached by the suspect after they got off on 15th Ave NW and 85th St NW. She had tried to ignore him, but he punched her in the gut and in the face and stole her backpack before fleeing.

Detectives were assigned to the case and were able to locate the suspect while reviewing surveillance on the downtown buses. A bulletin with photos of the suspect were also distributed to Seattle and King County Metro officers.

Officers caught him at the scene of the crime, so to speak. After boarding in downtown, around 9:30 p.m., officers observed him get on a bus on the 1500 block of 3rd Ave. Officers then detained the suspect when he got off on 15 Ave NW and NW 85th St.

According to SPD, the suspect admitted to the robbery and implicated several others. Detectives will follow up and the suspect has been booked in Youth Services Center for Investigation of Robbery.

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