EVERETT — A young couple was attacked by teenagers while walking around Silver Lake after a late dinner. Police are asking for help finding those responsible for the Nov. 10 assault.
The couple, both 25, were walking south on Bothell-Everett Highway on the east side of the lake. It was after midnight. They reached 116th Street SE, where a half dozen teenagers caught up with them.
A 17-year-old asked the couple if they wanted to “throw hands,” said Everett police officer Aaron Snell. The man allegedly asked the teens why they were trying to fight a couple of 25-year-olds.
Several teens reportedly started throwing rocks and sticks.
A few of them knocked the man to the ground and started punching him, Snell said. Then a car that looked like those used by police or security officers drove by, catching the teenagers’ attention. They stopped to wait until the car was out of sight.
Whether the car belonged to law enforcement couldn’t be confirmed. Snell said an officer would have stopped to help the injured man.
Meanwhile, the couple tried to get away. The teens followed them to the intersection with Lake Heights Drive and continued hitting the man, Snell said.
The group took off running as soon as the woman called police. They headed east toward a dead-end road. Police dogs didn’t find them.
Paramedics took the man to the hospital. His girlfriend was not injured.
The assault is still under investigation, Snell said. So far, there is no evidence to indicate the attack was gang-related.
Last summer, a man in his 40s said he also was attacked by young people in Everett.
He was walking near Clark Park after 2 a.m. on July 26. A group of teenagers reportedly chased him, fired a shotgun at him and struck him on the head with a metal rod. He said there were up to 10 teens involved.
The attack appeared to be unprovoked, according to Everett police.
A boy was arrested on suspicion of assault. Another had warrants. The rest were released to their parents.
Anyone with information about the Nov. 10 assault or the suspects is asked to call the Everett Police Department’s tip line at 425-257-8450 or Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 800-222-TIPS.
Caitlin Tompkins: 425-339-3192; firstname.lastname@example.org.