Editor’s note: The video above was originally published before police said the incident was an “orchestrated robbery” and not a kidnapping.
AUBURN, Wash. - Auburn police are searching for three suspects who allegedly robbed a teenage boy at gunpoint and assaulted him.
The Auburn Police Department (APD) originally reported the incident as a kidnapping but said Wednesday morning detectives learned the incident was an “orchestrated robbery and not a kidnapping.”
The incident happened around 2 p.m. Monday in the 1200 block of SE 312th Street. According to APD, two women suspects lured a 15-year-old boy at an apartment complex into a vehicle and drove him to a different location at the complex. The boy was then attacked by three suspects, who were juvenile males.
Police said a group of juveniles pointed a gun at the 15-year-old and took him to a known location where video showed the group assaulting him. The group then took the boy's clothes and cell phone, police said.
The boy escaped, but the suspects chased him for a short time before they returned to their car and left the scene.
Officers responded and tracked down the vehicle. The suspects then took off. Using a police dog, officers eventually found and arrested the two female suspects, police said.
The suspects are facing charges of first-degree robbery, according to police.
Officers are still searching for three additional suspects. Police said it's early in the investigation, and they are still working to confirm the identities of those three suspects.
Anyone with information is asked to call the APD tip line at 253-288-7403.
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