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Washington Legislators Have Taken Notice of a Recent Uptick in Youth Criminality

Two incidents involved minors driving stolen vehicles in Western Washington and being pursued by police despite being too young to hold licenses.

Pierce County has been struck especially hard by the upsurge in youth criminality.

Sergeant Darren Moss of the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office has observed that the younger generation is becoming responsible for the county’s most serious crimes.

Moss noted that while the state as a whole has seen an uptick in violent crime, “a lot of our shootings are victims who are 13, 15-year-old kids, 19-year-old kids,” highlighting the age range in which shootings were occurring.

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In the past six months, several teenagers have been murdered in Tacoma. In January, a 16-year-old kid was shot and killed.

A boy of 14 years old was also shot and murdered in that same month. In July 2022, a 14-year-old girl was fatally shot.

There have been more instances of carjackings and stolen vehicles involving minors in the area, many of whom lack the legal age to operate a motor vehicle.

After sighting a car they suspected of DUI on Sunday, deputies in Pierce County gave chase to three teenagers this week.

That provided them with a reason to continue their investigation. Moss claimed the suspect’s automobile was going over 100 mph.

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The final tally of juvenile arrestees included a 15-year-old driver and two 14-year-old passengers. The vehicle disappeared.

Three teenagers in a car that had been hijacked at gunpoint during a carjacking occurred on Wednesday in Seattle, and police had a similar encounter with them. A high-speed police chase ensued as a result.

There were three young people inside, ages 15, 14, and 13.

In January of 2023, the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Pierce County worked on 53 cases involving minors, according to data collected by the office.

There were only 34 reported incidents in the same month a year ago, so this represents a 55 percent rise.

I’ve lived in this area all my life, and I don’t remember any of this happening when I was a youngster. Well, it wasn’t too long ago that it happened. The Pierce County native Arriana Hilton was moved to tears by the news. A lot of bloodsheds. This wasn’t always the case in the past.

Legislators in the state of Washington are starting to take note. Tacoma’s Senator Yasmin Trudeau serves as the vice chair of the Senate’s Law and Justice Committee.

She plans to form a task force during the current legislative session to investigate ways to keep children out of trouble while also holding them accountable for their actions.

As youngsters age and remain in the system, “if we are not able to help them and redirect them from that road,” Trudeau warns, “I think that we are looking at a much bigger sense of sadness.”

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Given the growing severity of the situation, she argued, “I think we should be doing more with the science that we have,” adding, “If we don’t start doing something soon, we’re just going to have more grownups who we can’t reach.”

Trudeau believes that the brain science that demonstrates when children’s minds start to grow more completely will be taken into account in any rules the prospective task force may come up with for the 2024 session, but this is still unclear.

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