Men arrested in connection with South Seattle armed robberies

SEATTLE -- Two men were arrested in connection with a pair of armed robberies in South Seattle last week after detectives traced a stolen cellphone to a residence in Rainier View, according to the Seattle Police Department.

The first robbery, which KOMO reported on yesterday, took place around 12:40 p.m. at a bus stop in the 11100 block of Beacon Avenue South. According to police, the suspects, one with a bandanna over his face and armed with a handgun, approached the victim and took his money and cellphone.

A mile away at Kubota Gardens Park, the suspects -- one again armed with a handgun and wearing a bandanna over his face -- robbed a second victim and hit him in the face, according to police.

Detectives tracked one of the stolen cellphones to an address in the 5500 block of South Leo Street, only blocks from where the first robbery occurred.

Both suspects were found inside the residence. They denied having anything to do with the robberies, but one of the victims identified the men as the robbers, according to police.

After the suspects were arrested, one told detectives where he had hidden one of the cellphones in a neighbor's yard, according to police. A search warrant for the residence reportedly turned up the rest of the stolen property, as well as the bandanna and handgun, which turned out to be a BB pistol.

The 20-year-old suspect was booked into King County Jail and the 15-year-old was booked into Youth Services Center, both for investigation of robbery.