Police arrest five juveniles in Ballard in connection to several vehicle thefts, assaults, and robberies

Police have arrested five juvenile boys in relation to a month-long crime spree.

According to the SPD Blotter, Seattle Police arrested the boys—a 16-year-old, a 15-year-old, a 14-year-old, and two 12-year-olds—after a vehicle pursuit in Ballard.

The video of the pursuit and arrests is below (viewer discretion is advised):

Last Thursday (May 9), officers responded to reports of five males wearing masks who abandoned a running vehicle in the middle of the 8000 block of 16th Ave NW. While the officers were en route, they learned the boys had stolen another vehicle. Witnesses provided officers with both plate numbers and SPD connected one of the vehicles to an armed robbery earlier in the day.

SPD says that based on the description of the boys and the crime patterns, the detectives suspected they were a group of juvenile males behind a crime spree that started at the end of April. A huge police response followed, as officers assigned to SWAT, Patrol, and Detectives from various units all flooded the area.

SPD says the patrol unit located the vehicle and the King County Sheriff’s Office Air Support Unit, Guardian One, began to track it.

SPD’s SWAT team moved into position behind the car and after a brief pursuit, the juveniles crashed into another uninvolved vehicle at the intersection of NW 80th St and 15th Ave NW. There were no major injuries in the collision.

Officers arrested three of the boys, and one was caught after a short foot pursuit. The fifth was hiding in a nearby yard but was located by Guardian One and taken into custody.

SPD says they believe the juveniles are connected to a series of crimes beginning on April 29, 2024.

“Over the next several weeks these juveniles allegedly committed more than a dozen robberies, assaults, auto thefts and hit and runs. In one day, they allegedly robbed a convenience store in the 1500 block of East Madison Street at gunpoint, tried to run over a man with their vehicle at the Magnuson Park Boat Launch, and assaulted woman in the 9200 block of Woodlawn Avenue North,” the SPD Blotter reports.

SPD transported the juveniles to the Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center and booked on multiple felonies.

Photo: SPD