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Category: Youth crime


Police: Federal Way High School student expelled after unloaded gun found in backpack

From news partner KIRO-TV:

A student at Federal Way High School was expelled after an unloaded gun was discovered in his backpack Friday, police said.

According to the Federal Way Police Department, there was an accusation that a student brought alcohol to the school.

After a search, police found an unloaded handgun in the student’s locker.

The student was taken into custody and was expelled.

School officials sent a letter home with students Tuesday about the incident.


Prosecutors charge 5 teenagers in Lincoln Park robbery

The young robbers – who held up a group at gunpoint Saturday night and demanded “everything” – got one wallet.

The police got five arrests.

Pierce County prosecutors today charged five teens they allege were involved in what officials called a gang-related robbery. A sixth suspect had not yet been arrested.

Three 15-year-olds were charged in juvenile court with first-degree robbery and attempted first-degree robbery.

Two other teens were charged in Superior Court with the same crimes. Noel Sao, 18, pleaded not guilty, and the court set his bail at $50,000. Stephon Green, 17, is to be arraigned Tuesday. He

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Eatonville boy accused of making “kill list” pleads not gulty

Pierce County prosecutors today charged a 13-year-old Eatonville boy who sparked panic at his middle school Friday with the discovery of a handwritten “kill list.

The boy faces four counts of felony harassment. He pleaded not guilty to all charges this afternoon and was ordered held at Remann Hall Juvenile Detention Center.

Prosecutors said the list, which was reported by a fellow student at Eatonville Middle School, targeted 10 students.

School officials spoke directly with the parents of all students and emergency-expelled the boy accused of making the list, Principal Ken Andersen told parents in a recorded phone message.



Teenager attacked outside Boys and Girls Club tells police assault may be gang retaliation

A 16-year-old boy and his girlfriend were attacked in the Boys and Girls Club parking lot at 1620 S. 17th St. this morning, in what the male victim told police might have been gang retaliation.

The couple were approached by five men and two women about 1 a.m., who began punching and kicking the victims for no apparent reason, Tacoma police say.

Police said the attackers also broke off a crossing guard and hit the 16-year-old, who suffered a cut over his eye. His 14-year-old girlfriend had mild bruising from the assault.


Girl shot at Bremerton elementary school stabilizing after 5th surgery

Amina Bowman, the 8-year-old girl accidentally shot by a 9-year-old classmate who brought a gun to a Bremerton elementary school last week, underwent a fifth surgery Tuesday morning but her condition is stabilizing, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Amina has been listed in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle since Feb. 22, when she arrived with injuries from a .45-caliber bullet that struck her in the abdomen and arm. The bullet lodged near her spine.

The  girl is still in the intensive care unit but doctors have upgraded her condition to serious, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.

Police believe

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Teens accused of breaking into empty Tacoma townhouse for party

Ten youths who allegedly broke into an unoccupied townhouse for a party that was advertised on Twitter and Facebook were arrested Friday by Tacoma police.

Neighbors reported a burglary in process at the home in the 4500 block of South Junett Street and officers arrived to find more than 20 juveniles fleeing the scene. Ten were arrested on a variety of charges ranging from burglary to obstructing justice, according to police.

As officers boarded up the home and processed the scene, several more teens arrived and were turned away.

The homeowner had called police earlier in the day to report

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Tacoma boy charged with threatening fellow Stadium High student

A not guilty plea was entered today on behalf of a 16-year-old Tacoma boy charged with a hate crime for allegedly threatening to kill a fellow Stadium High School student.

The boy, who was arrested last week, remains confined in the Remann Hall juvenile detention center until a hearing next Monday. He’s been suspended from school, according to court records.

Pierce County prosecutors have charged him with one count of malicious harassment and one count of felony harassment.

Charging papers give the following account:

On Dec. 6, the teenager sent a racially offensive text message to a fellow student and

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Boy who allegedly threatened to bring gun to school to remain in custody until Monday

A 16-year-old boy accused of threatening to bring a gun to Stadium High School and of making a racially motivated threat to another student will remain in custody until Monday although he has not been charged.

Deputy prosecutor Fred Wist appealed to a judge today to keep the teen locked up until he has a chance to thoroughly review the case and decide whether to charge him.

“It was out of concern for the safety of the community,” Wist said.

The threat prompted a large police turnout before classes started Wednesday morning and for hours after school let out.


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