Teen in Renton Beaten, Robbed in Shoe Sale Gone Wrong

KIROTV, June 4, 2012

A Kent teen is bruised and fearful after being attacked in Renton, in broad daylight, over a few pairs of high-end sneakers.

“R.J.” said he only wants to be identified by initials out of fear of retribution. He said he makes money by buying expensive basketball shoes when they’re first released and then reselling them on Craigslist or Facebook, often for twice the price. He showed KIRO 7 some of the 70 pairs of basketball shoes he has stuffed in his closet.

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He also showed us his head injuries that remain more than a week after he was assaulted while attempting to sell three pairs to strangers.

“Before I know it, I wake up and there’s blood all over my clothes,” he said. “And then I realize these guys must have hit me in the face.

He said he had arranged to sell three pairs to a man in the parking lot of the Renton Community Center. Instead of one man, two men arrived in a car, and two women were with them.

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The next thing he knew, he awoke, covered in blood, and the shoes were gone.

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The two men remained at large Monday, as did the two women who witnessed the attack.

Police described the suspects as young black men with thin builds and medium height. One had a “206” tattoo on his left forearm.

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