(Daily Caller News Foundation) Police are investigating a possible connection of assaults and robberies between a series of violent attacks in Seattle’s University District Monday evening.
Several men allegedly kicked and punched a 23-year old and left him unconscious before fleeing around 5 p.m., according to a Seattle Police Department (SPD) blotter.
Three men and a woman attacked two women nearby 45 minutes later, punching one woman in the face and using a taser on her.
There were two more attempted carjackings that night, followed by an armed robbery in which two men allegedly forced restaurant employees into a back room to empty their wallets, according to SPD.
The police have arrested two people in connection to the attacks, including a 17-year-old girl who was reported as a missing person, according to SPD. The minor was sent to a youth service center.
Seattle is struggling to deal with soaring crime rates; the city’s murder rate rose 46% in 2020 according to an annual report by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Assaults and attempted robberies have been reported in the University over the past few days. https://t.co/V1rogQILDY— KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) January 27, 2022
The police found a man near a Seattle homeless encampment Jan. 20 with a crossbow bolt sticking out of his chest after he was shot during an altercation, according to an SPD press release.
Seattle was famously home to the 2020 Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, a “cop-free zone” formed by activists which descended into violence, open drug use and multiple shootings.