Robberies, assaults of Stadium High students near Wright Park prompt safety precautions

An armed robbery and attempted robbery near Tacoma’s Wright Park in the Stadium District have prompted increased safety precautions.

School officials encourage students to walk to and from school in groups and be aware of their surroundings. The school also has increased awareness patrols in the area.

“We have become aware that our students have been victims of four separate robberies or assaults in the Stadium Business District and Wright Park area during after-school hours,” Stadium High School principal Kevin Ikeda wrote in a letter to families on Friday. “These are serious cases and have resulted in injuries to our students.”

Tacoma Police Department confirmed two open investigations involving Stadium High students. Tacoma officer Wendy Haddow said there could be more incidents students might not have reported to police.

The first incident, classified as an armed robbery, occurred about 2:39 p.m. on Jan. 14 in the 200 block of North G Street.

The victim was leaving Stadium High School and walking toward a bus stop when approached by two people. One of them displayed a firearm, and the victim dropped a backpack and ran.

The suspects were described as black teenagers. One teen had facial hair and was wearing a yellow hoodie, while the other teen had short, scruffy hair and was wearing a blue-and-black flannel with light blue jeans, said Haddow.

The second incident, an attempted robbery, occurred about 4:35 p.m. Jan. 16. in the 400 block of South I Street.

The victim, a Stadium student, was walking through Wright Park carrying a backpack when three people approached and demanded the victim’s belongings. When the student said no, the victim was assaulted. The victim was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The descriptions of suspects in the second incident were too general to report.

Police have not identified suspects in either investigation.

“Because the district surrounding our school has generally been a very safe area and the fact these cases have occurred in such a short time frame, it’s possible some or all of the cases are related,” Ikeda wrote in the Jan. 17 letter.

Haddow said the investigations are ongoing, and it’s undetermined whether the incidents are related.

People with information on the robberies are asked to contact the Tacoma Police Department at 253-798-4721 or leave a tip at cityoftacoma.org.