Police: Teens pelt robbery victim with his own groceries
SEATTLE -- A gang of half-a-dozen teens stole a man's groceries and threw them at him Friday evening in the Central District, according to the Seattle Police Department. And, he may not have been their only victim.
After stopping for groceries while walking home from work around 6:45 p.m., the victim came across the group of teens hanging around East Marion Street and 25th Avenue.
According to the police report for the incident, the victim tried to walk by the teens when one of them grabbed the grocery bag out of his hands and yelled, "What are you going to do about it?"
The victim later told officers he didn't want to get into a confrontation, so he kept walking. That's when the teens reportedly started laughing and throwing his groceries at him before running off.
The victim went home to call 911. When officers arrived, they found some of the victim's groceries on the ground and returned them to him.
On that same block about 45 minutes earlier, a group of six to eight teens attempted to rob another passerby, according to the Seattle Police Department's report for that incident.
The victim was walking down the street when he was approached by a teenager, who asked him for the time. The victim ignored the teen. The teen then asked for directions to Yesler Way, and the victim said he was new to the area and couldn't give directions.
Finally, the teen asked for money, and the victim realized he was being surrounded by a group of teens, according to the report.
The victim later told officers the teen who had asked for money grabbed his backpack, but he was able to hold on to it and run away. As he was running, he heard one of the teens say "shoot him," according to the report.
The victim ran to a parking lot in the 2300 block of East Cherry Street and called 911.
According to police, neither victim was able to give a good description of the teens because of poor lighting in the area.