Teen girl arrested in connection with Seattle robberies

SEATTLE -- A 16-year-old girl was arrested Thursday night in connection with a number of robberies that occurred earlier this year, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police, a woman was walking near 20th Avenue South and South McClellan Street in Beacon Hill around 6 p.m. Jan. 8 when she was confronted by a teen who asked to borrow her cellphone.

When the woman refused, the teen pushed her into some bushes, pepper-sprayed her in the face and tried to steal her purse, according to police.

The teen reportedly failed to get the purse and drove off in a waiting car.

According to police, a similarly described teen was responsible for a robbery near 12th Avenue and East Spruce Street around 1 a.m. the next morning.

An investigation into the two robberies led detectives to the 16-year-old suspect and a warrant was put out for her arrest.

Officers found the suspect around 10 p.m. Thursday near Third Avenue and Pike Street, and she was booked into the Youth Services Center for investigation of robbery.

Detectives believe the suspect may also have been involved in a robbery in downtown Seattle in December.