FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2013
CONTACT: Lieutenant Jeff Brand
Breaking News Pager: 425-339-5700
BOTHELL, Wash. – On June 17, 2013 at about 10:40 PM deputies responded to the 23900 block Carter Road, Bothell for a report of males yelling in a large wooded area.
Upon arrival deputies located twelve, 16 – 18 year old males, some of whom were dressed in only shorts. Reportedly some of the boys were bent over a log when deputies first found them and deputies noted some of the juveniles had open wounds from being struck with switches and other items. Some of the juveniles also appeared to be suffering from hypothermia so aid cars were requested to respond.
The young men that had injuries and were hypothermic were all treated at the scene and released. The parents of these young men were also contacted by deputies and ultimately the youths were released to their parents.
Seven juvenile males were identified as potential victims but stated they were part of an “unofficial hazing” process related to their school and each stated they did not want to cooperate in a police investigation. Five eighteen year old males were also identified as potential suspects but have not been charged with any crimes at this time.
Deputies will continue to follow up on this case and determine if a request for charges can or should be forwarded to the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office.