February 10, 2010 in Region

3 Seattle bus tunnel guards watch brutal beating

The Spokesman-Review
 
Tags:Seattle

SEATTLE — A 15-year-old girl who was badly beaten in a Seattle bus tunnel as three unarmed security guards looked on told investigators that she thought the men would protect her.

The statements were revealed in court papers filed Wednesday against the teen girl who attacked her and three young men accused of stealing her purse, phone and iPod. The four were all charged with robbery.

The girl told a detective that the group followed her from a nearby department store into the bus tunnel, and she stood next to the three guards thinking they’d protect her.

The guards didn’t intervene, though, because they have standing orders to “observe and report,” but not to try to stop fights or criminal activity. That protocol is now under review after the guards’ response was caught on surveillance video.


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