Mercer Island Resident Charged for Robbery Attempt at Northwest Yeshiva

The 47-year-old resident is also believed to be linked to wave of car prowls last month on First Hill and a residential burglary.

The King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office filed charges of Attempted Robbery First Degree today against Mercer Island resident Webster Wood Judd, who is accused of an against an 84-year-old Seattle man on Mercer Island.

Deputy King County Prosecutor Jennifer Miller () and then assaulted and attempted to rob him. According to Mercer Island Police, the victim was waiting inside his car in the Northwest Yeshiva High School parking lot at around 3:30 p.m.to pick up a student there when Judd allegedly "grabbed and pulled" the man from his car. The man allegedly grabbed the victim by the shoulders and reached into his shirt pockets, then dropped the elderly man to the ground, causing a laceration just above his right eye.

"His history shows a propensity towards substance abuse, disregard for law enforcement and repeated pattern of criminal behavior," she said in the court filing. "He presents a danger to the community."

Last night inside City Hall, Mercer Island Police Chief Ed Holmes updated the mayor and councilmembers that he believed Judd was also involved in a number of approximately on First Hill and along .

"We're working to put all the pieces together," he said. "He's an Island resident with a long history of felony crimes, but he is no longer on the street."

According to Miller, Judd has at least nine prior felony convictions dating back to when he was a teenager in 1983 on a minor in possession charge. According to court record keepers, he's been booked 36 times with 31 warrants since 1985.

Mercer Island Police Detective Pete Erickson later confirmed that Judd, 47, was also a suspect in a recent residential burglary case and took the stolen property to an area pawn shop and sold the items for cash. Those cases will also be referred to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for review.

Judd, according to prosecutors, remains in jail on $500,000 bail. He will be arraigned on April 21 at 8:30 a.m. at the King County Courthouse, courtroom 1201.

Julie Varon -John L. Scott Real Estate April 13, 2011 at 01:59 PM
As a parent of a student at the Northwest Yeshiva I'd like to send kudos out to those students who were quick repsonders at the scene of the crime. I am also grateful for our security system that was able to catch the suspect in action. We are so glad to know that Mr. Steinberg has been on a road to a full recovery and that the man who assaulted him is off the streets. From what I'm reading here on the Patch, Mercer Island is a much safer place without him.
Karen Franke April 13, 2011 at 03:29 PM
Yes, yes to what Julie Varon had to say. I work at NYHS and am so very proud of our students. Our security system has proven to be an invaluable asset to us and the entire community. We are so fortunate to have it in place. We extend our love and best wishes for a full recovery to Mr. Steinberg. Also, thank you, Kendall for always being there for NYHS and also to the MI Police Department for their timely response and stellar work! You guys rock!
Lea Hanan April 13, 2011 at 07:05 PM
As a parent of an NYHS student I would like to thank the Mercer Island Police Department for their hard work and dedication to the community. I commend NYHS students for being aware of their surroundings which surely saved Mr. Steinberg from further harm. I join the entire NYHS community in extending my hopes for a complete recovery. Lea Hanan
SteveF April 14, 2011 at 08:49 PM
Fantastic job by the Mercer Island Police Department!!! The efficiency with which they were able to remove this dangerous individual to society off the streets is nothing short of highly commendable. Mercer Island is a much safer city today thanks to the MIPD. Let us also praise the NYHS for their implementation of video surveillance, and the young students who were on top of it. Without even knowing what had actually happened, their concern was for a human being believed to have fallen. I hope NYHS is able to further improve their surveillance of the grounds, to ensure crystal clear footage will always be available in case this happens again.


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