Police seek suspect in robbery of student walking to MTHS

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Mountlake Terrace police are looking for an 18- to 20-year-old male suspected of robbing a Mountlake Terrace High School freshman Tuesday morning just southeast of the school grounds.

The victim told police he had been walking on the Naturescape nature trail off 38th Avenue West around 7 a.m. Tuesday when he saw a man standing off to the side of the trail. “The male approached the victim and demanded his wallet, which the victim handed to the suspect,” said Mountlake Terrace Police Commander Doug Hansen.
Following the robbery, the suspect fled on foot while the victim returned home, from where the victim’s mother called 911.

The suspect is described as around 6 feet tall with a stocky build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a red Lebron James symbol on the front and jeans. He also wore over his face a beanie with eye holes cut out, with the hood of the sweatshirt pulled tight. Police are asking that anyone with any information that may be related to this incident or this suspect call 911.

MTHS Principal Greg Schwab issued a letter to students and their families following the incident, noting that the suspect is not a MTHS student and is not believed to have had a weapon, and that the victim was not physically harmed. Schwab encouraged families to discuss the need to take safety precautions as students walk to and from school.

“We take the safety of our students very seriously,” Schwab stated in the letter. “We will be adding additional staff supervision to the Naturescape area of campus both before school and after school for the foreseeable future as a way to ensure our students’ safety,” he added.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Seems like car prowls are something that is probably fairly difficult to investigate and the cost and resources required to do so is probably not worth it. Sure the police could fingerprint and take DNA samples from cars but it seems like there would be better uses of our limited resources. Sounds like maybe the two of you have had experiences, I’m genuinely interested in your thoughts on what could be done differently. I did have my car gone through in my driveway once but it was unlocked so I learned my lessons. Nothing was stolen. I did call it in just in case there was a pattern of prowls in my neighborhood. The more that we can be partners with the police in preventing crimes the better.

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