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YELM: Teens assaulted at Yelm Prairie Days

Letter by Michele E. Mallery, Yelm on June 25, 2012 at 9:38 am with 8 Comments »
June 25, 2012 9:38 am

My teenage son and two of his teen friends were assaulted by two men in their 30s this weekend at the Yelm Prairie Days event. The men attempted to rob them, however they did not have any money. The men told the boys to strip down to just their underwear so the men could search for money or any other item of significant value. They then physically assaulted the boys, asked their names and told them they were going to rape them, as well as kill them, if they did not cooperate.

The boys did not tell the parents until the next day out of fear. The Yelm police have been notified and a statement has been made. The boys were able to get a good description of the two men.

I am a concerned mother who wants to get the word out about this crime to see if there were other assaults during the Yelm Prairie Days. These teens are traumatized by what happened and fearful something may happen to them or family members, and I don’t blame them. Please spread some light on this issue as it may affect others who are afraid to come forward.

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  1. A scary situation for sure. I hope and pray the two wacko’s are found and prosecuted to the extent of their vial act. A chain gang seems appropriate punishment!

  2. Another thought: After police artists have made a sketch of these two wacko’s, it should be televised for all it see on the news.

  3. All this action and noone say or reported it while it was happening?

  4. With all the people at the event, teach your kids to scream! Cell phones gallore, someone would have called 911

  5. “…asked their names…” something smells fishy here. This story seems a tad bit overdramatic. Are you sure, Mother, that the boys aren’t trying to cover up some other mischief they may have stirred up that night? Besides, little to no chance any perpetrators would be caught now.

  6. How were the assaulted at the event were they the only 5 there. Have you never instructed your son on yelling Strange help I don’t know this person… FYI just because you live in small town doesn’t mean it’s 100% safe

  7. I am so sorry this happened to these boys. It is proof positive that we need to teach our children clear throughout their teens how not to be victims of crime and if they should happen to become victims, to have a plan. Enroll the boys into a self defense course and they will get their confidence and power back. Teens, kids, women and elderly are prime targets for these criminals.

  8. Good advice, Frida.

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