• Police: Teen lured and beaten in Xanax robbery

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    SEATTLE - A 19-year-old Seattle man was charged in King County Superior Court with first-degree robbery. 

    The robbery is alleged to have happened around 7:15 p.m. March 10 in West Seattle. 

    In charging documents, prosecutors said Michael C. Wasanii, also known as Wasanii Clarke, lured an 18-year-old victim to a location with the intent of robbing him. 

    According to prosecutors, Clarke met briefly with the victim in the alley before his accomplices showed up and robbed him at gunpoint. 

    Prosecutors say additional charges are anticipated. 

    In a probable cause document, police said the group stole Xanax pills, a cellphone and a set of headphones from the victim. 

    “Even after completing the robbery, the defendant’s accomplices beat the victim and when he tried to flee they chased him down and continued to beat him,” prosecutors wrote in charging documents. 

    Officials said Clarke drove the accomplices to and from the scene of the robbery and the group planned and carried out a shooting at the victim’s cousin’s home four days later. 

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    In charging documents, police said text messages and social media records revealed the robbery and shooting were both planned in advance.  

    Police said they served search warrants on June 14 for Clarke and the alleged accomplices. 

    The alleged accomplices were taken into custody for investigation of robbery, but police said Clarke was not home at the time.  

    On July 1, Clarke turned himself in at Seattle Police headquarters. 

    Police said Clark admitted to being at the location of the robbery and driving the accomplices to and from the scene, but maintained he had no knowledge that the robbery was going to occur. 

    Clarke was then transported to the King County Jail, where he remains in lieu of $40,000 bail. 

    In charging documents, prosecutors said they had requested Clarke’s bail to be set at $225,000 due the “violent and premeditated nature [of (Clarke’s] crimes and the danger [Clarke] poses to the community (an particularly the victim) if released from confinement.” 

    Prosecutors noted Clarke was charged with burglary as a juvenile on March 9, 2018, but the charges were dismissed on Dec. 19, 2018, after he participated in a restorative mediation program. 

    “The defendant continues to engage in violent behavior despite being availed of this restorative program,” prosecutors said.

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