One of the three young men arrested last week near the scene of a West Seattle armed robbery told police he was part of a group that used a pellet gun in at least seven robberies near Cal Anderson Park this summer, according to charging papers filed Monday against the trio.
Najib Aden, 21, told police he, Hassan Abdirizak, 19, and Abdulkadir Ahmed, 22 used his aunt’s car to drive around the park to find victims. When they found a victim, Aden told police that he would drop off Ahmed, watch him commit the robbery, then drive the group away.
The King County Prosecutors office has charged three men with two counts of robbery and one count of attempted robbery for the incidents that occurred in West Seattle the night of their arrest. According to the charging papers, the investigation into the Capitol Hill robberies is ongoing and more charges against the trio could follow.
Abdirizak, Aden, and Ahmed were arrested on Friday when officers stopped the men in a car near the scene of the third robbery. Witnesses positively identified one of the suspects as the assailant, as well as personal belongings found inside the suspect’s getaway car. The prosecutors office asked the court set bail at $250,000 for each suspect.
“They drove around looking for victims, then one would approach the victims and point what appeared to be a firearm at them to take their belongings. In one instance defendant Ahmed hit the Victim over the head with what appeared to be a firearm because the victim was being too loud and he wanted him to quiet down. These defendants also admitted to being involved in a number of other robberies that are still under investigation. Additional charges are likely.”
According to charging papers, Aden is on a deferred sentence for a harassment incident earlier this summer. The other two suspects have no criminal record.