January 28, 2002
Home invasions, armed robberies hit Northshore
Bothell apartment invaded; residents shot, beaten
BOTHELL - A home invasion robbery occurred last Thursday night at an apartment complex in the 19900 block of 112th Avenue Northeast.
According Bothell Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Elmer Brown, his department received a 9-1-1 call from Evergreen Hospital Medical Center staff at 11 p.m., Jan. 24, reporting two adult males had come to the hospital seeking treatment for gunshot wounds and head trauma.
A 21-year-old Bothell man had been shot in the face and hand with a single gunshot. And a 25-year-old man, also of Bothell, had been brutally beaten about the head with a pistol.
The two men were at their residence when they answered a knock at their door. A white female, about 19, whom they recognized, was at the door.
Four African American males pushed their way into the apartment and forced everyone onto the floor.
At some point the 21-year-old received a gunshot. As the 25-year-old was attempting to get up to aid his friend, he was brutally pistol-whipped.
The suspects fled. The victims did not know the type of vehicle the suspects drove, nor did they know the direction of their departure.
The police report indicated an electronic item was stolen and that the motive of the invasion was robbery, based on statements by the victims. Police are still looking into whether or not the incident was drug related.
The victims could not offer a good description of the suspects. Police, however, are considering the female who first appeared at the door to be a "person of interest."
They will not provide the young woman's name or description until they determine how, exactly, she was involved.
The two Bothell men injured in the incident have been released from the hospital.
Police want Bothell residents to know that the suspects knew the victims. It was not a random attack.
"Residents should not be fearful that this group of suspects is randomly selecting victims," said Sgt. Brown.