Fort Lewis soldiers arrested in UW robbery case

SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police have arrested two Fort Lewis
soldiers for investigation of robbery and assault in attacks on
three University of Washington students in Seattle.

According to police, detectives arrested the two male soldiers
on Tuesday at the base south of Tacoma, after an investigation
aided by the Army's Criminal Investigation Division.

Detective Jeff Kappel identified the two as Chad Braden, 19, of
Atlanta, and Robert Lucas, 20, of Nashville, Tenn. He said they
were active duty soldiers but he did not know their rank.

The two were booked into the King County Jail.

The UW students were assaulted in Seattle's University District
in the early morning hours of Jan. 17. Two of the students were
pistol-whipped and robbed. A third student was threatened with a
firearm.

Kappel couldn't say what led police to the soldiers but added
police were not looking for anyone else in the case.

Joe Kubistek, a Fort Lewis spokesman, said the Army was aware of
the investigation and cooperating as necessary. He had no other
comment.


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