MARYSVILLE — On the afternoon of Tuesday, Jan. 15, Marysville police officers responded to the assault of an individual, who was stopped at a stop signal when he observed a vehicle approaching him from behind at a high rate of speed.
The victim believed the second vehicle actually bumped his car when it came to a stop behind him, and when he got out of his vehicle to check for damage, a 15-year-old male suspect got out of the second vehicle and threatened, then punched the victim in the face. The suspect then ran off, but officers were given the license plate number of the vehicle, and were able to locate it and its occupants. The victim of today's assault positively identified the suspect who had punched him, and an arrest was made.
Officers also recognized the vehicle as one that had been described by victims as being involved in a serious assault that occurred on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 12, during which three middle school-aged boys were attacked by a large group of individuals. One juvenile was placed under arrest for that Saturday night assault.
Marysville police are continuing to investigate the assault that occurred on Jan. 12, and additional arrests are anticipated.
On Jan. 12, officers responded to the reported assault in the 8300 block of 60th Drive NE shortly after 10 p.m. It was reported that a large number of individuals had "jumped" three middle school-aged boys. When officers arrived at the scene and began to investigate the incident, they learned that a vehicle had driven by the three victims as they were walking along the road, and 12-15 male suspects reportedly jumped out of the vehicle to assault the victims.
All three boys were assaulted, to varying degrees of injury. Families were asked at the time if they wanted an aid car to be called to check out the boys' injuries, but such aid was refused. Police learned later that one of the boys had considerably more serious injuries, that required hospitalization.
"Contrary to what has been circulating throughout social media outlets, suggesting the Marysville Police Department was refusing to do anything regarding this incident, we have been taking this incident very seriously and are continuing to follow up on leads that have been developed," Marysville Police Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux said. "Multiple departmental resources — including school resource officers, an assigned detective and our pro-act team — have been involved in identifying the suspects and bringing this case to resolution."