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Bellevue teens facing robbery charges
Four Eastside teens are alleged to have stopped and robbed several pedestrians in Bellevue and Redmond over a one-hour period earlier this month, reportedly punching two and stabbing another.
Jesus M. Uriostegui, 18, faces three counts of first-degree robbery in King County Superior Court after he and three friends allegedly drove around Bellevue and Redmond late April 18 to early April 19, stopping pedestrians and bicyclists and robbing them of their belongings.
His first alleged victim, a 21-year-old Bellevue man, was riding his bicycle near 140th Avenue Southeast and Southeast Sixth Street around 11:50 a.m. April 18, when police allege Uriostegui and Miguel A. Perez, 17, stopped him. Perez admitted to police he punched the victim, causing a hairline fracture to his cheekbone. Uriostegui, alleged to have been armed with a knife during the robberies, reportedly cut the victim with a knife just above his right ear. The suspects made off with a backpack containing a tablet PC.
A 31-year-old Bellevue man reported walking along Factoria Boulevard around 12:24 a.m. April 19, when a man approached him and robbed him of his backpack and cellphone. Uriostegui is alleged to have stabbed the victim in the back, and Perez reportedly told police he pushed the victim to the ground and later threw the backpack out of the car while passing through a residential neighborhood. Perez faces two counts of first-degree robbery and is being charged as an adult.
An 18-year-old Redmond man was walking on the 14800 block of Redmond Way when Uriostegui is alleged to have stopped and threatened him with a knife to his throat. Francisco Ayon, 18, is alleged to have punched the victim in the face. Another suspect, Jesus G. Ortega, 18, allegedly pointed a pellet gun at the victim from the 2007 silver Saturn the suspects were traveling in. Ayon and Jesus are charged with one count of first-degree robbery.
The alleged one-hour robbery spree came to an end shortly after the third robbery, when the suspects were found nearby at a gas station on Northeast 85th Street in Kirkland. Ayon was reportedly found in possession of the third victim's credit cards and driver's license, which he had tucked in his shoe.