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.