Police: Gunmen robbing middle-school students in West Seattle
SEATTLE -- Teens armed with guns robbed nine middle-school students while they hung out at Roxhill Park in West Seattle in two separate incidents this week, according to the Seattle Police Department.
According to police, four middle-school students were at the park near 27th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Cambridge Street around 6:30 p.m. Sunday when two men with a shotgun told them to hand over their wallets and cellphones.
The man with the shotgun hit two of the students in the head with the butt of the gun before he and the other robber ran off through the park, according to police.
On Tuesday, two men with handguns and bandannas over their faces told a group of five middle-school students in the park to get on the ground, according to police.
According to police, the robbers made off with cellphones and cash.
Robin Ozuna lives across the street from the park and said it's a haven for problems.
"I could see (crimes) happening here, because it's a prime area for it," she said. "I think there's too many young kids over there partying and drinking and carousing at night"
The victims in both incidents told officers the robbers are between 16 and 17 years old.
The principal of Denny International Middle School says they've been told a Seattle Police detective has been assigned to the case. The school is also contacting all students' families to remind them of safety recommendations including making sure they are not walking alone.
Kirsten Soderstrom walks through the park and said even with recently playground construction, it just isn't safe any more.
"Bottom line, it's uncomfortable and just real disturbing," she said.
Seattle Public Schools says it will be sending a note home to all students who attend school in the area about the robberies.