Business, Crime

Woman Assaulted, Robbed Leaving Othello ATM; Suspect at-Large

OTHELLO – Police are searching for a teenager they say assaulted and robbed a woman Friday morning in the 7500 block of MLK Jr. Way South at South Othello Street.

It was about 10:30 am when a woman withdrew some cash from an ATM and was subsequently confronted by the suspect a short distance away.

According to Seattle Police Department spokesperson Renee Witt, the suspect knocked the victim to the ground, showed her a knife, and forcibly removed her purse.

“Several officers responded to the incident and did and extensive area search but the suspect was not located,” wrote Witt. “The 47-year-old victim did not have any visible injuries and did not request medical attention.”

The suspect – described as a black male teen, wearing a long black coat and baggy blue jeans – fled the scene and was last seen running east bound towards Othello playground.

South Precinct officers and detectives are investigating an increase in street robberies in the area, including that of a 58-year old Rainier Beach woman in January.

In that case, it was about 10:15 am when a witness watched three teenagers follow the woman through the Safeway parking lot before one of them knocked her down and took her purse. During the attack, the victim struck her head on the pavement and sustained injuries to the left side of her face and cheek area. The suspect – described as a black male teen, wearing a short black coat and blue jeans – fled the scene.