Two teens were beaten and robbed in Northeast Spokane Saturday afternoon by a gang of youths, at least one of whom was armed with a handgun.
A 14-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were walking north on 4900 block of Pittsburg at 3:45 Saturday when youths in two cars driving south on Pittsburg yelled at them.
The two cars turned around and 10 to 15 youths piled out of the two cars. Apparently without provocation, the youths began hitting and pushing the two victims. The boy’s baseball hat was stolen.
As the youths drove away, one waved a handgun, the victims told police.
Spokane Police Sgt. Earl Ennis said police have one suspect. The youths, he said, were a “mixed bag” of races. There is no apparent motive, Ennis said.
COPS organization grows up
When Sherry Bryant took over COPS Northeast two years ago, she inherited a screaming toddler that demanded attention.
Del Irish, who last week was voted Bryant’s successor as president of the organization, is getting a self-sufficient young adult.
COPS Northeast is running well enough for him to “take a step back” from the day-to-day operations and work on staff morale.
“We don’t do enough stuff to make volunteers feel rewarded to work there,” said Irish, who had previously been the substation’s fund-raiser.
Irish said firm plans will be developed at a Dec. 3 board meeting, but he is considering several staff rewards.
Tops on the list is a community college tuition waiver for COP shop volunteers. Irish said he is not sure of the legality, but would lobby state Rep. Mark Sterk, R-Spokane, a Spokane police officer, if legislation was necessary.
Irish would also like to see a liaison with the juvenile court, one which would have first-time offenders to do community service overseen by COPS volunteers.