Teens accused in 8 assaults, robberies in South Sound

The suspects are accused of being involved in eight different assaults, robberies and car thefts.

LAKEWOOD, Wash – Lakewood police are asking for the public’s help to identify a group of teenagers believed to be involved in multiple robberies in the Tacoma area.

Lakewood Police Department speak Surveillance officers arrested “several” suspects on Thursday night as they returned to Walmart, but investigators are seeking help identifying other suspects involved. to the case.

The suspects were allegedly involved in eight different incidents between October 17 and October 19, including five car thefts, Lakewood police said Friday.

17 at 3:45 a.m., a 48-year-old Lyft driver told police he was assaulted and his vehicle was stolen near South Tacoma Way and South 72nd Street in Tacoma.

Three hours later, police said it was the two suspects who threw a 66-year-old woman on the ground and stole her purse at a Lakewood Walmart.

At 8:19 a.m., police said the suspects returned to the Walmart with a larger group of people and assaulted an 18-year-old man. The man told police that the group was trying to get the keys to steal his car. He fought back, and the suspects allegedly took his backpack.

Later that afternoon, the two suspects allegedly assaulted a 78-year-old man at Kobayashi Park at University Place and stole his car. Police said the vehicle was later found abandoned.

At 10:03 p.m., eight to 10 people attempted to steal a 75-year-old man’s car at a Walmart. A Lakewood police officer was in the parking lot with an unrelated call that interrupted the incident. The group fled in a stolen vehicle, then found abandoned at University Place, police said.

The following evening, the suspects were said to have been involved in a car theft where they assaulted a 37-year-old Uber driver.

On October 19 at 4:04 p.m., the suspects allegedly attacked a 47-year-old Lyft driver in his car while stealing his car and fled the scene.

Later that evening, the four suspects returned to the Lakewood Walmart and allegedly assaulted a 23-year-old woman before stealing her car. Police said the woman jumped on the hood of the car to try to stop the theft. The suspects are said to have been driving with her on the hood, and the woman fell to the ground. She was taken to the hospital to be evaluated.

Police have released surveillance footage of several incidents in the hope of identifying suspects.

If you have information about any of these incidents, contact the Lakewood Police Department at (253) 830-5078.

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Edmund DeMarche

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