Today at 2:08 p.m., Bellevue Police responded to a reported assault in the Kelsey Creek Shopping center, which is located on the southeast corner of 148th Avenue and Main Street in Bellevue. When Officers arrived, they located a victim with non-life-threatening stab wounds. Investigators learned that the victim was a courier who was transporting an undisclosed amount of jewelry in his vehicle. A suspect approached the victim while he was seated in his vehicle in the parking lot, broke the drivers’ side window, and forcibly removed him from the car. The victim was then stabbed at least once, and the jewelry he was transporting was taken. The suspect then left in a vehicle.
The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Detectives are at the scene investigating, and a portion of the parking lot remains closed during the investigation. Police believe this was a targeted attack, and do not believe that there is any ongoing threat to the community.
Bellevue Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating the suspects involved in a recent series of necklace robberies in the city. The same suspects are also suspected of a similar crime in Redmond, WA that occurred on September 30th. Between August 31 and September 23, Bellevue Police have responded to six separate incidents in which pedestrians wearing expensive jewelry have been targeted. In all cases, the suspects approached the female victim and ripped an expensive necklace from their neck. The suspects have targeted South Asian and East Indian females.
The suspects are described as African American males, between 20 and 35 years of age, with thin builds. At least one of the suspects is bald or has a shaved head. In one incident, the suspects worked in a team of two to distract the victim before stealing her necklace.
Bellevue residents and visitors are advised to be aware of their surroundings, and to call 911 if they believe they are being followed. Additionally, Bellevue Police are recommending that residents use caution when wearing expensive jewelry in public areas while police search for these suspects.
Anyone with information in these cases is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or make an online tip by going to www.crimestoppers.com. Callers can remain anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $1,000 if the information given leads to an arrest and charges or grand jury indictment of a felony offender.
Bilingual “At Your Service” brochures available at community centers, library branches, schools, City Hall this week
As part of an ongoing effort to enhance police-community relations, the Bellevue Police Department will begin distributing bilingual brochures, in English and Spanish, about the roles and responsibilities of the police department. The brochure also features a link to the 10-minute-long YouTube video, At Your Service (available in English and Spanish), that explains how the police serve and protect the community.