Police: Man doesn't want to be 'snitch,' implicates 30 in robbery
SEATTLE -- The victim of an assault and robbery last week in Westlake Park may want to consider a new goal after he told officers he didn't want to be a "snitch" at the same time he implicated 30 people in the crime, according to the Seattle Police Department.
A pair of bicycle officers were approaching the park shortly after 11 p.m. Oct. 22 when they heard a commotion and saw a man with a bloody mouth and completely missing pant leg holding a skateboard like a bat and yelling at a crowd gathered around him.
According to the police report for the incident, the victim told officers he was beatboxing in the park when 30 men jumped him, ripped the leg of his jeans and stole his wallet, including his ID and $200.
While talking to officers, the victim changed the number of attackers from 30 to 20 to eventually 10, according to the report.
The victim told officers he didn't want to press charges; he just wanted his ID back because it's a hassle to replace. He also said he didn't want to be a "snitch."
According to the report, the victim then "began to point out just about every young black male nearby as being involved."
Officers realized the victim had no idea who robbed him because many of the men he pointed out had been seen by officers blocks away at the time of the crime.
According to the report, the victim told officers he was targeted because he was confronting "them" about being on the wrong block and saying "they" need to keep to their own block and stay out of the park. Officers deduced who "they" and "them" were because the victim "was pointing out every young black male on the block."
With no further witnesses to the crime and no suspects, officers left Westlake Park as the victim launched into a "borderline racist tirade," according to the report.