Crime, Transportation

Woman Robbed Aboard Light Rail Train in Columbia City

COLUMBIA CITY – Earlier this week, we reported on an increase in violent street robberies throughout the Rainier Valley light rail corridor.

Seattle Police Department had reported that each of the four stations – Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello and Rainier Beach – were “hotspots” where robbers have been targeting victims who are distracted by phones or iPods.

At the time, Sound Transit spokesman Bruce Gray said the agency had not seen reports of issues at light rail stations or on the trains.

Shortly thereafter, he revised Sound Transit’s response to include the report of a Nov. 16th robbery aboard a train that had just pulled into Columbia City station. He said a woman was sitting on the train when a young black male grabbed her phone and ran out the open doors.

“We’ve got the incident on tape and have been working with SPD to ID the thief,” said Gray. “The safety and security of our riders is Sound Transit’s top priority. We encourage all riders to be alert and aware of their surroundings.”

Gray – as well as Seattle Police Department – declined to provide any additional information about the incident, but he did emphasize that light rail has had nearly 6 million boardings since it opened in 2009.

Photo/Rainier Valley Post

2 comments on “Woman Robbed Aboard Light Rail Train in Columbia City

  1. Something similar happened at the Henderson Station (early December): A Sound Transit security guard was sitting on a train and noticed two young men in the seat in front of her acting suspiciously. The train pulled into the Henderson Station and as the doors opened the two young men grabbed someone’s laptop and ran out the door, faster than anyone could react.

    Another incident was related to me by a guy who has worked on our building: Our workman was at the SODO station when 2 guys jumped him and went for his wallet. He pulled out a knife that was in his pocket and went after them, spilled some blood, and got his wallet back, minus a few bills.

  2. That is so scary. I take the light rail with my kids from the Columbia City Station all the time no where is safe these days

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