A large group of Deuce Eight gang members beat and robbed two South Seattle men at a Central District bus stop earlier this week.
According to a police report, at 8:15 p.m. on April 18th, the two men—both in their late-teens—were waiting at a bus stop at 22nd and E Jefferson when a group of eight teenagers approached them and asked “if they were claiming” or affiliated with a gang.
When one of the victims told the group of teens “we don’t bang,” one of the suspects yelled “Deuce-Eight” and group descended on the victims.
The group of suspects punched and kicked the two men, and stole a wallet and cell phone during the attack.
The suspects fled the scene before police arrived.
Police interviewed the victims, who told officers they’d come to the Central District from the south end to get food.
One victim told police he recognized two of the suspects, because they had attended middle school together.
Police asked the two victims whether they were gang members as, the report says, they “were wearing black and red clothing that denoted gang affiliation.” Both men told police they “weren’t bangin.”
Police say one victim has “minor ties” to a gang, but is not a full-fledged member.