Police: Teens threatened hookah bar employees at gunpoint

SEATTLE -- Officers arrested three teens Monday night for allegedly threatening employees at an International District hookah bar at gunpoint. Apparently, the teens were upset they had been kicked out of the hookah bar for being underage.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the teens showed up at the hookah bar in the 200 block of 12th Avenue South around 10 p.m. and were promptly removed by employees. But, when employees went outside they were confronted by the teens.

Employees later told officers the three teens threatened them and one pulled out a handgun and pointed it at them. The teens reportedly ran off when an employee called 911.

Officers arrived in time to chase after the teens, who were found hiding in a nearby stairwell. The gun was not found.

The 14-year-old who hookah bar employees said had the gun was arrested and booked into the Youth Services Center for investigation of assault and harassment.

After arresting the other two 15-year-olds, officers were unable to get a hold of their parents and so released them to the Spruce Street Inn, a crisis program for at-risk youth.