Teen Arrested For Cellphone Robbery in Wedgwood

Officers and a K9 team tracked down a teenaged robber Wednesday night in Wedgwood after he stole two cellphones from a woman and tried to hide in a greenbelt.

The victim was walking near 35th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 82nd Street just before 8pm when the teen grabbed the phones from her hand and fled down the block. The woman chased after the teen, and was joined by several other bystanders, until they lost sight of him near NE 40th St and 88th Ave NE.

When K9 Pele and Officer TJ San Miguel arrived on scene and began announcing their presence, the teen fled to Matthew’s Beach Park where he was spotted by another officer and taken into custody.

The suspect was carrying a cellphone–he’d apparently dropped the other one along the way–which rang when police called the phone number provided by the victim.

Officers booked the suspect into the King County Youth Services Center for robbery.


Newest K-9 Team Successfully Track Two Suspects in One Night

One of the newest K-9 teams, Officer Ryan Huteson and his partner, Delta, have only been working the streets as a team for a few months.  However, earlier this month the team completed two separate, successful tracks that resulted in the arrests of the suspects in one shift.

On April 13th, shortly after 10:00 pm,  officers responded to a domestic violence disturbance in the Rainier Valley.  Officers were informed that the ex-boyfriend was harassing a woman at a residence and refusing to leave.  A check of the suspect’s name returned showing that he had a felony Department of Corrections warrant for escape.

Officers located the suspect a few blocks away from the residence and ordered him to stop, but he ran.  The K-9 team of Officer Huteson and Delta responded and began tracking, locating the suspect in a nearby parking lot where he was taken into custody.  The suspect was later booked into jail for the outstanding warrant.

A few hours later, just before 2:00 am on Saturday, the team responded to a possible car prowl and burglary in progress in the Lakeridge neighborhood.  The suspect was chased off by the victim, who observed the suspect enter the driveway of another residence down the street.  Police Dog Delta, with Officer Huteson, tracked the suspect and located him hiding underneath a walkway where he was taken into custody.  The victim later positively identified the suspect.  The 37-year-old suspect had drugs and burglary tools, knives, a replica pistol and an expandable baton on him when he was arrested.  He was later booked into jail on multiple charges, and detectives are handling the follow up investigation.

Not bad work for one shift!  Delta was purchased through a grant from the Seattle Police Foundation and was named for Delta Air Lines, after they made a financial contribution toward the purchase.