The Seattle Police Department has confirmed that a teen girl was taken into custody for suspected robbery. The 16-year-old girl was accused of being involved in two separate incidents that took place in January. After obtaining a warrant for the girl's arrest, police officers booked her at Youth Services Center on possible felony charges.
The first incident took place on Jan. 8 at approximately 6 p.m. Police say a woman was approached by the accused teen near South McClellan Street and 20th Avenue South. The teen allegedly asked the woman if she could borrow her cell phone and then attacking her when she refused. According to police reports, the teen pushed the woman and pepper sprayed her in a failed attempt to steal her purse.
At 1 a.m. the following morning, a similar incident reportedly took place near the intersection of East Spruce Street and 12th Avenue. After an investigation was conducted, the accused girl was identified and located by police officers at about 10 p.m. on Feb. 6. Authorities investigating the two incidents claim that the accused teen may also have been responsible for a December robbery that happened in downtown Seattle.
Because of her age, the girl may be charged as a minor and face a much lighter sentence than an adult would for the same crimes. Due to the nature of the alleged crimes, tough, the girl could possibly be tried as an adult. However, before her trial, an attorney may be able to convince a judge that she should be tried as a minor.
Source: KOMO, "Teen girl arrested in connection with Seattle robberies", Michael Harthorne, February 07, 2014