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October 17, 2011 3:30 PM

Charge filed in attack on female jogger at Carkeek Park

Posted by John de Leon

A Seattle man was charged Monday with second-degree assault with sexual motivation in connection with the attack on a female jogger a week ago in Carkeek Park.

Jack Sun Keewatinawin is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 31 at the King County Courthouse.

According to the probable-cause statement that outlines the police case against Keewatinawin, the 29-year-old -- who is 6-foot-1 and weighs 350 pounds -- was sitting on a park bench along an isolated, wooded trail at the park on the morning of Oct. 10 when a woman jogged by. Keewatinawin allegedly ran up behind the woman, grabbed her in a choke hold and threw her to the ground and then pushed her head into the ground, the statement says.

The victim was able to fight her attacker off by kicking and punching him and pulling his long hair "until the suspect gave up," it says.

Keewatinawin allegedly apologized to the woman and fled the park, according to the statement. As he ran, he dialed 911 and reported that he'd just attacked a woman in the park, the report says.

On Wednesday, police were able to trace the 911 call from his cell phone to identify Keewatinawin and his home address, the statement says. After the victim identified him from a photo montage, police went to Keewatinawin's Greenwood house -- which is near the 216-acre park -- and arrested him, it says.


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October 16, 2011 2:09 PM

Man arrested after early-morning fight, gunshots in Fremont

Posted by Janet Horne


Seattle Police arrested a man early Sunday morning after multiple 911 calls came in around 1 a.m. reporting a large fight and gunshots in the 3600 block of Dayton Avenue North in Fremont.

Officers located the suspect in his car, recovered a gun, and detained the driver along with two other suspects.

Police said the suspect had kicked, punched and pistol-whipped two victims, leaving them with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The primary suspect, who also had minor injuries, was treated at a hospital and booked into the King County Jail.

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October 13, 2011 9:19 AM

Phoenix Jones appears in court; vows to keep fighting crime

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

-- From Times staff reporter Jonathan Martin:

Self-style superhero Phoenix Jones appeared in court Thursday morning to fight allegations lodged against his real identity, Benjamin John Francis Fodor.

Criminal charges have not been filed against Fodor. Prosecutors told the judge they needed more time to decide whether to file charges.

The 23-year-old man was arrested on Sunday for investigation of assault after he allegedly broke up a fight using pepper spray. Fodor spent about seven hours in jail before posting $3,800 bail.

On Thursday morning, Fodor sat in the front row of the King County Jail courtroom, but when the hearing concluded he tore off his dress shirt to reveal his signature black and green superhero costume. He briefly spoke to the media after the hearing.

"I will continue to patrol with my team, probably tonight," he said. "In addition to being Phoenix Jones, I am also Ben Fodor, father and brother. I am just like everybody else. The only difference is that I try to stop crime in my neighborhood and everywhere else."

Fodor then stomped off with his lawyer, Matt Hartman, without taking any questions.

Hartman told the media that his client "stands for all that is right and good."

Jones and supporters in the Rain City Superhero Movement have been conducting late night patrols since last year in Seattle.

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October 12, 2011 11:37 AM

Occupy Seattle protester charged with squirting police officer

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Steve Miletich:

A Seattle man accused of squirting a water pistol at a Seattle police officer during the Occupy Seattle protest at Westlake Park has been charged with three misdemeanor crimes, according to the Seattle City Attorney's Office.

Juston D. Thompson was charged Wednesday in Seattle Municipal Court with obstructing a law enforcement officer, fourth-degree assault and reckless endangerment. Each count is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Thompson, 24, is accused of squirting the water pistol at the officer on Saturday. A pretrial hearing has been set for 10 a.m. Nov. 14 in Seattle Municipal Court.

Thompson was released from custody after he posted $1,425 bail on the night of his arrest, according to the City Attorney's Office.

Eight other protesters have been charged with obstructing a police officer.


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October 10, 2011 4:08 PM

Jogger assaulted in Carkeek Park

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A female jogger was assaulted Monday morning by a man who had been sitting on a bench in Carkeek Park, Seattle police said.

The woman jogged past the man once and again 15 minutes later.

"The suspect then attacked the victim from behind, putting her in a neck hold," Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said. "A serious struggle ensued," and the woman was able to fight off her attacker.

The woman suffered cuts abrasions on her neck, a scratch under chin and scrapes on her lower legs, police said. She was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire Department medics.

The attack occurred at 8:26 a.m. in the 800 block of Northwest Carkeek Park. The man was gone when police arrived, but was last seen walking away from the park eastbound on Northwest 110th Place from 4th Avenue Northwest.

The suspect was described as a Native American male, about 5-feet-8-inches, in his 20's, weighing about 250 pounds, with long black hair. He was last seen wearing a brown long-sleeve shirt with a black short-sleeve shirt over it and dark pants. He was carrying a lime green water bottle.

Anyone with information or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911 or the Seattle Police Violent Crimes Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.

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October 10, 2011 10:07 AM

With friends like these: Man accidentally shoots buddy

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police have arrested a 23-year-old man after he accidentally shot a friend in the back.

After leaving a nightclub, police said the victim and suspect got into a Jeep Cherokee around 2 a.m. Friday. The victim was seated in the front passenger seat and the suspect was seated behind him. Police say the suspect was "messing with a handgun.

As the Cherokee got to Fourth Avenue South and South Walker Street, the the gun went off and the bullet passed through the seat, striking the 22- year-old victim in the lower back.

The Cherokee was stopped by police at Airport Way South and South Plum Street, where the victim was treated by Seattle Fire Department medics. He was taken to Medical Center in critical condition, police said.

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October 7, 2011 9:24 AM

Wrong-way crash leads to assault, robbery and arrest

Posted by John de Leon

A 26-year-old man was arrested early Friday morning after he was involved in a wrong-way crash and then tried to escape by attempting to commandeer a taxi cab.

According to police, the man was driving the wrong way on Union Street around 2 a.m. when he collided with another car at Seventh Street. The suspect and two passengers jumped out of their car and got into a taxi.


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Witnesses stopped the cab, telling the cabbie that the passengers were fleeing from a hit-and-run accident. The suspect driver, who was seated in the back of the cab, grabbed the cab driver from behind and tried to grab the keys from the ignition, police said.

One of the witnesses was recording the incident on his cell phone. The suspect punched him in the face, police said. The suspect and two other individuals then ran off.

Police found the three a few blocks away.

The suspect driver was arrested for investigation of assault and investigation of robbery. Police also hope to have him charged with assault, hit and run, driving on a suspended license and DUI.

The man who was punched suffered a broken jaw was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

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October 3, 2011 11:51 AM

Mukilteo man shot during confrontation outside home

Posted by John de Leon

A 24-year-old Mukilteo man was shot Monday morning during a confrontation outside his home, police said.

The victim told police he went outside his home near the 5200 block of 86th Place Southwest and confronted two people. During a struggle the man was shot once in the backside.

He was taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries, police said. He is listed in stable condition.

The victim said he didn't know the two suspects, who left in a red or maroon Dodge Magnum.


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October 3, 2011 9:25 AM

Woman assaults two Seattle cops at accident scene

Posted by John de Leon

A woman who was apparently angry that Seattle police had blocked a street to investigate a traffic accident assaulted two officers early Sunday morning.

Police had blocked traffic to investigate a hit-and-run accident in the 1600 block of 15th Avenue West when two women drove up in a cab around 3 a.m.. When the cab was blocked from continuing on, the two women got out and walked down the middle of 15th Avenue West, police said.

Police said one of the women repeatedly screamed obscenities at the officers. The two women started to walk toward the crash scene when they were told by a detective that they needed to get on the sidewalk.

One of the women complied, but the other woman continued to scream obscenities while ignoring the detective's order. Another officer stopped the woman and tried to explain that a criminal investigation was underway. The officer pointed out another route she could take to get around the crime scene, according to police.

The woman screamed profanities at the officer and continued walking, knocking over a piece of measuring equipment being used by detectives. The officer grabbed the woman by the arm and she punched the officer in the face, knocking her to the ground. The suspect then jumped on top of the officer and tried to strike her again.

A second officer ran over to help and she was also assaulted, police said. A detective then ran over and the woman was arrested. The woman was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of felony assault.

Police said the two officers attacked by the woman sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

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September 30, 2011 7:59 PM

78-year-old Auburn man arrested after wife found stabbed

Posted by Jeff Hodson

A 78-year-old Auburn man was arrested Friday in connection with the stabbing of his 67-year-old wife, police said.

The woman was stabbed several times and was flown to Harborview Medical Center, where she was in critical condition, said Auburn police Commander Mike Hirman.

The victim was seen walking down the 5400 block of James Avenue Southeast covered in blood at about 1:30 p.m., Hirman said.

A pickup stopped in front of the woman, and the driver put the woman in the bed of the truck. The truck then drove to a nearby home and the driver closed the garage door, Hirman said.

Auburn police found the woman in the bed of the truck.

The 78-year-old was to be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of attempted murder -- domestic violence, KOMO-TV reported.

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September 27, 2011 9:45 AM

Man with possible ties to terror plot pleads not guilty in assault

Posted by John de Leon


STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Michael Dale McCright

-- From Times staff reporter Jennifer Sullivan:

Michael Dale McCright, an ex-con with possible ties to the alleged ringleader of a plot to attack Seattle's Military Entrance Processing Station, pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault on Tuesday for allegedly trying to run two Marines off Interstate 5 near Northgate.

McCright, 28, of Lynnwood, is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $2 million bail.

Prosecutors say two Marine recruiters -- one in uniform and the other in civilian clothes -- were driving northbound near Northgate in July when a small blue car came up behind them. Marine Staff Sgt. Ryan Picklesimer described the driver as a "bearded white male wearing a tightfitting, white knit hat." The driver slowed, apparently to look at the government plate on Picklesimer's car, then came alongside and saw the sergeant in his uniform.

"Picklesimer reported, `His eyes widened and he appeared to become angry,' " and then swerved at the sergeant's car, forcing Picklesimer to take evasive action to avoid being hit, the charges allege. The sergeant was able to get the car's license number, and he gave it to police.

McCright was arrested on Sept. 8 after repeatedly refusing to meet with detectives, according to the charges.

McCright, who prosecutors say uses the nickname "Mikhail Jihad" on the Internet, is facing his "third strike" and a possible life sentence if convicted. He has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for first-degree robbery in 2006, assault in 2005 and other felony crimes.

During Tuesday's arraignment, attorneys for McCright requested that no photos of McCright's face or of him wearing a jail jumpsuit be published or shown, according to our news partners at KING-TV. The judge denied the request to not show his face, but ruled that the security designation on McCright's jail jumpsuit shall not be shown.

At the time of his arrest, McCright had a telephone that had been used to call Abu Khalid Abdul-Latif, prosecutors say Abdul-Latif and another man were swept up in an FBI-Seattle police sting in June after allegedly plotting to kill federal employees and military recruits at the Military Entrance Processing Station on East Marginal Way over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The charging documents say that McCright remains under investigation by the FBI for "possible ties to domestic terrorism."

Abdul-Latif, 33, also known as Anthony Davis, and Walli Mujahidh, 32, a Los Angeles resident also known as Frederick Domingue Jr., face federal charges that carry sentences up to life in prison for allegedly plotting with an undercover FBI informant to obtain weapons and attack the center. Abdul-Latif, according to the federal documents, hoped the assault would spur attacks by other U.S. Muslims.

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September 23, 2011 9:33 PM

Suspect in shooting near Moses Lake caught in Oregon

Posted by Jeff Hodson

One of two suspects wanted in a double shooting near Moses Lake has been arrested in Oregon, the Grant County sheriff's department said Friday.

Bryan G. Brodil was taken into custody earlier Friday in La Grande, about 200 miles from Moses Lake, authorities said.

U.S. Marshals and La Grande police made the arrest. Detectives still are seeking Ivy R. Ramos, who is also wanted in connection with the shooting.

Brodil was found in possession of a loaded firearm, but the sheriff's office said it's not known if that firearm was used in the Moses Lake shooting.

The victims of the shooting both remain hospitalized. One, a 17-year-old male, is in stable condition. The other, a 32-year-old man, is in guarded condition, the sheriff's department said.

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September 21, 2011 8:50 PM

Two suspects sought in shooting near Moses Lake

Posted by Jeff Hodson

Grant County sheriff's detectives are seeking the public's help in finding two people wanted in connection with a shooting and robbery Tuesday near Moses Lake.

The suspects are Bryan G. Brodil, 23, and Ivy R. Ramos, 27, pictured here. Police believe they robbed and shot two people, who are in critical condition at a local hospital, the sheriff's office said.

Arrest warrants have been issued for Brodil and Ramos for first-degree assault with a firearm and first-degree robbery with a firearm. Bail is set at $500,000 for each.

Brodil was described as a white male, 6-feet-6-inches tall, 180 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and multiple tattoos, including a Japanese symbol on his neck, spider webs on both arms, and tattoos on his hands and fingers.

Ramos was described as an Hispanic female, 5-feet-1-inches tall, 130 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes and a butterfly tattoo on her left foot.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the two is asked to call the Grant County Multi-Agency Communications Center at (509) 762-1160, or send information to crimetips@co.grant.wa.us. Tipsters can remain anonymous.


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Bryan G. Brodil.


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Ivy R. Ramos.

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September 19, 2011 3:17 PM

Mukilteo woman charged with starving, beating 10-year-old

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

A Mukilteo woman accused of starving and beating her boyfriend's 10-year-old sister was charged Monday with first-degree assault and first-degree criminal mistreatment of a child.

Mary Mazalic, 34, is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail in Snohomish County Jail.

According to police, the victim and her adult brother live with Mazalic. The girl was taken into protective custody earlier this summer and spent several weeks at an Everett hospital recovering from her injuries, according to court documents.

Physicians told police that the girl had "severe malnutrition" and a kidney infection, and that she was covered with bruises, abrasions, scars and ulcers, and had cigarette burns on her feet and wrist, and "whip cord" marks all over her abdomen and chest. The girl also weighed 51 pounds, compared with a normal weight for her age of 88 pounds, police said.

Additional allegations in the case were revealed in charging documents filed on Monday.

Prosecutors say the girl was sent to live with her 34-year-old brother and his girlfriend, Mazalic, about a year ago. The girl's adoptive parents, who live in New York, paid the couple to take care of her, prosecutors say, but she was only fed a full meal when company was over.

The girl told police Mazalic put soap in her food, took photos of her with a soiled diaper on her head and intentionally created scars so that "other kids would know how bad she was," prosecutors say.

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September 16, 2011 3:31 PM

'Tuba Man' killer facing prison after hit-and-run plea

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan


SEATTLE TIMES FILE PHOTO

Billy Chambers during an earlier court hearing.

Billy Chambers, who was convicted as a juvenile of the 2008 slaying of Seattle street musician Ed "Tuba Man" McMichael, pleaded guilty Friday to deliberately crashing into a woman's car.

Chambers, 18, was arrested by Seattle police earlier this year after a woman said that he intentionally struck her car on June 23. Chambers pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault and hit and run in King County Superior Court.

Prosecutors said they are seeking a sentence of a year and a half in prison when he is sentenced. A sentencing date has not been set.

"The plea entered by the defendant will send him to prison and count as his first strike," said Ian Goodhew, deputy chief of staff for the King County Prosecutor's Office. "Under state law, juvenile convictions do not count as strikable offenses."

Prosecutors say that Chambers struck the woman's car and ran her off the road because she had filed a police report against him after an earlier car prowl.

Chambers is accused of rear-ending the woman's car while it was stopped for a traffic light at 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street in the Central Area. The woman told police that as she tried to drive away the same car followed in the next lane and swerved toward the passenger side of her car, causing her to leave the roadway and strike a tree, according to charging paperwork. The woman was not hurt.

She told officers that she recognized the driver of the mid-1990s Ford Crown Victoria that hit her. She said that she had reported him to police about a week earlier after he allegedly broke into her car, according to charging paperwork.

Police located the Crown Victoria parked outside Chambers' home and were allowed inside. When Chambers was arrested he told police that he had been sleeping all day and that someone else had been using his car.

"The defendant was angry at the victim for filing a police report against him," Senior Deputy Prosecutor Amy Montgomery wrote in charging documents. "While it is fortunate that no occupants of the car or pedestrians were injured, it does not lessen the risk that the defendant's violent actions could harm someone."

Montgomery said that Chambers has prior convictions as an adult for first- and third-degree theft. And juvenile convictions for first-degree manslaughter, second-degree robbery and possession of stolen property, Montgomery wrote.

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September 14, 2011 9:57 AM

Duvall man shot outside Renton tavern

Posted by John de Leon

A 25-year-old Duvall man was shot in the foot Tuesday night outside a Renton tavern, police said.

At 10:19 p.m., police responded to a shooting in the 2400 block of Renton-Maple Valley Highway. They found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the foot.


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Witnesses told police the victim had been inside the tavern, where he had spoken with two men, described as Asian, "short" and in their early 20s. A short time later all three men walked out of the tavern and one of the men fired several gunshots at the victim in the parking lot.

The two men then left in a dark-colored Jeep Cherokee with over-sized chrome rims.

The victim's injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, police said. A motive for the shooting has not been determined.

A police account of the incident did not name the tavern.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Detective Hansen at 425-430-7526.

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September 13, 2011 6:08 AM

Teen admits guilt in assault, robbery at Renton Transit Center

Posted by John de Leon

As expected, a 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty Monday to assault and robbery charges in the May 5 attack on a man at the Renton Transit Center.

Solinuu Leae III was initially charged with first-degree robbery and second-degree assault in King County Juvenile Court, but he stipulated to the state's request to have him prosecuted in adult court. At the time, he said he would plead guilty to the charges to avoid possibly facing a longer sentence.

He will be sentenced on Sept. 30. The sentence range is 51 to 68 months in prison.

The 36-year-old victim told police that he was hassled by a group of three youths at the Renton Transit Center on the night of May 5. He said that the youngest, later identified as Leae, got in his face and "sucker punched" him in the head. The man said that the youth towered over him; at the time, police said, Leae was 6-foot-2, 260 pounds.

The victim said that when he tried to defend himself, the two other suspects knocked him to the ground and kept attacking him. When the man pulled out his phone and tried to call for help, his attackers yanked his cellphone from his hand and destroyed it, according to prosecutors.

Two other men, Leae's brother Troy Leae and Francisco Rondon, both 20, have also been charged with first-degree robbery in connection with the incident.

Last year, Solinuu Leae pleaded guilty to assault for attacking a Metro bus driver.

Leae swore at Metro driver Katherine Batey on Jan. 23, 2010, because she wouldn't let him out the back door of the bus after some of his friends were allowed to use the door. The boy struck the driver, causing her to lose consciousness and suffer facial injuries, prosecutors said.

Leae was released from juvenile detention in January.

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September 10, 2011 11:11 AM

Band member knifed during performance in Mukilteo

Posted by John de Leon

A 32-year-old man was arrested Friday night after he attacked a member of a band that was performing at the annual Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival, police said.

The victim, also 32, suffered what police described as "very minor injuries" when he was attacked with a small knife at Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, according to a Mukilteo police news release. He was performing with his band when he was attacked, police said.


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Officers were initially dispatched to a report of a suspicious person near the band shelter at the park. Police and private security officers detained the suspect after the attack.

The suspect was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of first-degree assault.

The police news release did not name the musician nor his band, but a department spokesman said the attack occurred during the first band performance, when Flowmotion was scheduled to play. A motive for the attack was not immediately released.

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September 10, 2011 9:25 AM

SPD: Shoes, wallet stolen from unconscious assault victim

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Emily Heffter:

A man was assaulted in downtown Seattle early Saturday, and while he was unconscious, his wallet, cell phone and shoes were stolen, according to police.

The assault happened in the 200 block of Pine Street at about 12:50 a.m. Officers arrived as passers-by were pulling the unconscious victim out of the street. By that time the assailants had fled.


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Initial reports indicate that a man punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground. According to police, while the victim lay unconscious in the street, other people stole his things before officers arrived.

The man was in stable condition Saturday morning at Harborview Medical Center.

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September 9, 2011 3:00 PM

Transient charged with assault in attack at Seattle park

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A 23-year-old man has been charged with second-degree assault after Seattle police say he punched a man nearly two dozen times and stomped his head at Cal Anderson Park on Sunday night.

Joshua Clay Hicks, of Traverse City, Mich., reportedly attacked the man because he had "tried to get romantic with Hicks' female traveling companion," according to an affidavit of probable cause written by Seattle police Detective Dave Duty. Hicks is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

The victim, Ryan Craftsman, 21, of Boise, was taken to Harborview Medical Center after the attack. He suffered brain bleeding and a severe concussion in the attack, the affidavit said.

A woman who witnessed the attack told investigators that Hicks, Craftsman and about eight other people were hanging out at the park before Hicks landed the first punch, charges said. The woman said that after the beating Hicks grabbed a backpack and walked away, the affidavit said.

King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Miller wrote in charges that Hicks is transient.

About three weeks before the incident, Craftsman was charged in King County Superior Court with second-degree robbery for allegedly stealing a puppy in early August.

Miller, in those charges, wrote that Craftsman and a woman had met with a man who was trying to sell a litter of puppies on Aug. 8. The owner of the puppies confronted the pair when they tried to leave the man's home without paying for two puppies. Craftsman then grabbed the dogs' owner by the neck and head, Miller wrote in charges.

Craftsman said, "If you don't give me this puppy, I will beat you until you are dead in the street," according to the charges. Craftsman was also allegedly angry because the man wanted $300 for each dog.

Craftsman reportedly left the home with one of the dogs. He was arrested the next day at Cal Anderson Park when he was spotted with the stolen puppy, according to the charges. The puppy was returned to its owner, police said

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September 7, 2011 11:24 AM

Alaska man charged for rushing jet exit door at Sea-Tac

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

UPDATE:King County prosecutors have charged a 39-year-old Alaska man with third-degree assault after he allegedly tried to open the door of a moving aircraft and attacked a flight crew member.

Jack Parlin, of Anchorage, allegedly tried to rush the exit door of an Alaska Airlines jet after it landed Monday morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Parlin was booked into the King County Jail on investigation of assault and ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail, according to the jail.

Crew members on Flight 108 from Anchorage said the man stood up while the jet was taxiing just after 4:30 a.m. Monday. The first officer and passengers told police that the man tried to force open the main cabin door so they pinned him to the floor. Parlin allegedly bit the first officer on the arm while he was being restrained, according to court paperwork.

The first officer was taken to Highline Medical Center for treatment, court paperwork said.

Prosecutors, in charging documents that were filed on Wednesday, said that Parlin admitting trying to open the cabin door. Parlin told police that he had anxiety issues.

A flight attendant told police that during the flight from Anchorage, Parlin announced that he wasn't feeling well and that his heart was bothering him, charges said.

Parlin was taken to Highline Medical Center for a mental health evaluation, before being transferred to King County Jail, charges said.

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September 6, 2011 7:48 AM

One arrested, four sought in home invasion robbery in Seattle

Posted by Nick Provenza

A man was arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery Monday in south Seattle. Police are searching for four other suspects.

A teen, 17, was alone at his home in the 4200 block of South Rose Court about 1:30 p.m. when two women, who had been at his home the previous night at a party, knocked on his front door, according to police.

They told him they left a phone charger there. Then three men, wearing red bandannas over their faces, entered the home and told the teen to get down on the floor. One of the suspects struck the victim in the head with a pistol, police said.

The suspects ransacked two bedrooms after kicking in locked doors. The victim escaped and ran to a neighbor's house and called police. The suspects then fled.

Later Monday police saw a car with a broken tail light parked at Rainier Avenue South and South Edmunds Street and one of several men near the car matched the description of one of those involved in the home invasion robbery, said police.

All but one of the men fled. The one who remained was wearing clothes similar to those worn by the suspects, and had a red bandanna in his back pocket, police said.

The 20-year-old suspect was taken into custody and later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

Police believe the vehicle might have been used in several recent burglaries and the car was impounded. The case is under investigation.

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September 2, 2011 1:25 PM

Man allegedly beaten, robbed by co-worker offered $100 to clam up

Posted by Nick Provenza

Beating up and robbing someone is never a good idea, but doing it to a co-worker?

What's more, the suspect in the case allegedly offered the victim $100 not to go to the cops.

Seattle police say a man was leaving work to catch a bus last week when a guy came up from behind and started hitting him about the head and back. The victim fell to the ground and was left nearly unconscious for a short time.

The victim immediately recognized his attacker as a guy he knew from work, police said.

The incident occurred Aug. 25 along the 1700 block of Fourth Avenue South shortly after 4 p.m.

After the victim was knocked to the ground, the suspect grabbed the victim's backpack containing an I-Pod, I-Touch, a wallet, and other personal items and ran off..

The victim reported the attack to police and he and other co-workers identified the suspect as the attacker, police said.

The victim told police he had worked with the suspect for about five months and that he was sure he was the man who had beaten and robbed him.

The victim also showed police text messages from the suspect who said he'd give the victim $100 if he didn't go to the police.

Detectives arrested the suspect Thursday at work and booked him into the King County Jail.

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August 30, 2011 8:49 PM

Pit bull fatally shot as it attacks Everett police

Posted by Jeff Hodson

Everett police shot and killed a large pit bull Monday night after the dog attacked officers investigating a house fire.

The pit bull, which weighed least 100 pounds, bit a K-9 officer in the leg and attacked a German Shepard police dog, said Sgt. Ryan Dalberg of the Everett Police Department.

The dog's handler also was accused of assaulting an officer.

Police used a Taser on the pit bull to no avail, and then the K-9 officer fired a single shot from his pistol to get the animal off his leg.

But the dog continued to fight and chased another officer to the hood of his squad car, Dalberg said.

Several officers then fired multiple shots to kill the pit bull, he said.

Police had been responding to a house fire at 10:50 p.m. in the 3200 block of Rucker Avenue.

Officers generally survey the area surrounding a house fire to help firefighters determine whether a fire was intentionally set, Dalberg said.

In this case, police came across a man in an alley holding the pit bull by a harness. The man obstructed police and then became combative, according to Dalberg.

The man eventually agreed to let a woman who was with him handle the dog.

"He just wasn't with the program," Dalberg said of the man.

The man assaulted an officer and the altercation enraged the pit bull who then broke free from the woman.

The suspect, identified as an Arlington man in his 50s, was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of third-degree felony assault on an officer.

The K-9 officer, who was bitten on his thigh, was treated at an Everett hospital and released, while the German Shepard was treated by a veterinarian for his injuries.

Animal control authorities will conduct an examination to determine whether the pit bull had rabies.

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August 29, 2011 7:27 PM

Parents of transgender assault victim seek public's help

Posted by Jeff Hodson

The parents of a transgender child in Ballard who was beaten with a baseball bat two weeks ago are asking for the public's help to find the attacker.

The parents told the neighbors and the My Ballard community website their daughter was attacked Aug. 16 as she crossed the street at 28th Avenue Northwest and Northwest 67th Street.

According to a Seattle Police Department report, a female, who was accompanied by a male, came up alongside the couple's daughter and told her, "I don't want to see you around the skate bowl anymore."

The Ballard Commons Park, at 5701 22nd Avenue Northwest, has a skate bowl.

The female then struck the couple's daughter on the right side of the head with a baseball bat. The daughter was taken to a local hospital, where a portion of her skull was removed, according to police.

The victim was wearing female clothing at the time of the attack, police said. According to the parents, their daughter was born a male but considers herself a female and often dresses that way.

The female who attacked their daughter is believed to hang out at the skate bowl. No description of her was provided. The parents are asking anyone who has information about the crime to contact Seattle police at 206-625-5011 and reference case number 2011-273665.

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August 24, 2011 4:04 PM

Suspect in Metro bus stabbing charged with assault

Posted by John de Leon

A 38-year-old homeless man accused of stabbing another man during a fight that began aboard a Metro bus on Sunday has been charged with second-degree assault. Alphonse Hope, of Seattle, was also charged Wednesday with fourth-degree assault for allegedly attacking the victim's mother.

Hope is being held in the King County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. He will be arraigned Sept. 7 at the King County Courthouse.

According to charging documents, Hope was on a Metro bus at about 3 p.m. Sunday when he became increasingly belligerent with different passengers. At one point he threw an empty beer bottle at a passenger leaving the bus, hitting him in the head with the bottle, the documents said. The man left and did not contact police.

The stabbing victim was riding on the same bus along with six of his family members, according to the charging documents. While attempting to move to the front of the bus to inform his family of their upcoming stop, he asked Hope, who was blocking his path, to let him pass.

Police said Hope initiated an argument with the man and pushed and kicked him to the floor as the man tried to walk away. Seattle police said the man tried to ignore the assault until a woman with Hope began hitting several of the man's family members, charging papers allege.

It was then that the man decided to defend himself and his family and got into a fistfight with Hope in the aisle of the bus, police said. When the victim' mother tried to intervene, she was struck by Hope, according to charging papers.

When the bus came to a stop, the brawling men spilled onto the sidewalk just north of the intersection of Third Avenue and Pine Street, according to police. During the ensuing fight, Hope stabbed the 30-year-old man, police said.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with non-life-threatening injuries. He was released on Monday.

The victim spoke with Times news partner KING-TV. His interview can be read by clicking here.

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August 22, 2011 9:55 PM

Taxi driver attacked by passenger with stun gun

Posted by Jeff Hodson

Seattle police on Monday arrested a 25-year-old man they say attacked a taxi driver with a stun gun, causing him to lose control and crash into a parked car.

The attack occured about 2 a.m. after the suspect got into the taxi near Alaska Junction in West Seattle. After several blocks, the suspect grabbed the driver from behind and pressed a stun gun into his side, firing three to four times, Seattle police Det. Mark Jamieson says in the Police Department's blog.

The driver lost control and struck a car parked in the 4600 block of Southwest Frontenac Street. The driver and suspect wrestled, and the suspect ran off.

The driver gave chase, but the suspect jumped over a fence and disappeared.

A K-9 team found the man hiding under a van parked several blocks away. He was later booked into King County Jail, Jamieson said

The driver refused medical attention, but had a series of red, raised welts near his belt line above his right hip, Jamieson said.


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August 17, 2011 2:26 PM

Man stabbed in downtown Seattle; suspect at large

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

A man was stabbed in the 1500 block of Third Avenue, near Pike Street, in downtown Seattle on Wednesday, police said.

The victim was stabbed in the torso shortly before 1 p.m., according to Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel.

The suspect, who was reported to have fled west on Pine Street, was described as a white male in his 30s who was wearing a black leather jacket and black pants, Kappel said.
Kappel said it did not appear that the victim's wounds were life-threatening.

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August 15, 2011 6:06 AM

Mosh pit mayhem leads to arrest of three in Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

Police arrested three people Saturday night after they assaulted four other dancers in a mosh pit at a Seattle nightclub.

Police said the suspects were dancing in a mosh pit at a club in the 100 block of South Horton Street when they began assaulting other dancers. Security guards were also assaulted when they stepped in, police said.

Police responded to the club around 10:30 p.m. and arrested three people, who were booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault. Four injured patrons were treated at the scene by Seattle Fire Department medics.

The Police Department's blog didn't identify the nightclub.


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August 8, 2011 11:36 AM

Woman stabbed, robbed in Issaquah

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Susan Gilmore:

An Issaquah woman was robbed and stabbed early Monday in the Issaquah Highlands.

According to Issaquah police, the woman was returning from parking her car in the 1700 block of 16th Lane Northeast about midnight whem she was punched and stabbed by a man, who fled with her purse, said police.

The victim was taken to a hospital and treated and released.

The suspect was described as a white or Hispanic man with a stocky build, who wore dark clothing and a dark baseball camp. He was last seen running west.


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August 5, 2011 2:00 PM

Bellevue man charged in attacks on 2 prostitutes

Posted by John de Leon


STATE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Corey Guy Wight

A 55-year-old man who police say robbed and stabbed two prostitutes earlier this year. was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree robbery.

Police say Corey Guy Wight picked up a 27-year-old woman in the 300 block of Eighth Avenue North in January. After receiving a sex act from the woman, he stabbed her with a knife in the hip and arm, according to police. The man then stole the woman's purse and money, police said.

In March, Wight allegedly picked up a 28-year-old prostitute in the same area and stabbed her in the leg with a screwdriver and stole her money.

Detectives interviewed both victims and developed information that led to Wight's arrest Tuesday at his home in Bellevue, police said.

According to this report by Times news partner, KING-TV, Wight is an engineer with the state Department of Transportation. In January, Wight was arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old prostitute at his Bellevue apartment and charged with commercial sexual abuse of a minor. That charge was later reduced and he pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, a felony. He served two days in jail.

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August 5, 2011 1:54 PM

PHOTOS: Female may have info on Belltown stabbing

Posted by John de Leon


SEATTLE POLICE PHOTO

Surveillance photo from Belltown ATM where man was stabbed.

Seattle police have released these ATM photos of a female who detectives say may be associated with the suspects in last weekend's stabbing at an ATM in Belltown.

The victim suffered life-threatening injuries after he was punched and stabbed in the back after using the ATM on July 30. The victim told police that he spoke to the female pictured in the surveillance photos just before he was attacked.

Police said she may have witnessed the assault and may have been with three suspects.

Anyone with information on the identity of the female is asked to contact the SPD's Robbery Unit at 206-684-5535.


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Second surveillance photo .

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August 3, 2011 11:27 AM

Seattle police arrest man suspected of stabbing two prostitutes

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police have arrested a 55-year-old man suspected of stabbing and robbing two prostitutes earlier this year. The man was arrested Tuesday at his home in Bellevue, according to the Police Department's blog.

According to police, in January the man picked up a 27-year-old woman in the 300 block of Eighth Avenue North. After receiving a sex act from the woman, the man stabbed her with a knife in the hip and arm. The man then stole the woman's purse and money, police said.

In March, the same man picked up a 28-year-old woman in the same area and stabbed her in the leg with a screwdriver and stole her money.

Detectives interviewed both victims and developed information that led to the suspect, police said.

The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery, according to police.

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August 3, 2011 9:36 AM

Man stomped, robbed in Belltown

Posted by John de Leon

A 69-year-old man was attacked and robbed early Wednesday morning in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, police said.

Police found the victim on the ground just after midnight in the 300 block of Cedar Street. He was bleeding from the head. Seattle Fire Department medics took the injured man to Harborview Medical Center.


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A witness told police he saw the victim lying on the ground and surrounded by four or five males. He said one of the men stomped on the victim's head, and then reached into the victim's back pocket to remove what appeared to be a wallet.

The witness ran to the victim's aid, scaring off the attackers.

Police searched the area but didn't find any suspects.

The assailants were described as black males in their mid-20s, all with a medium build. The "main suspect" was wearing a blue and yellow striped polo-type shirt and denim shorts, police said.

The site of the attack is not far from the spot where a man was stabbed and robbed early Saturday morning after using an ATM.

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July 30, 2011 9:22 AM

Man stabbed, robbed in Belltown

Posted by John de Leon

A man was stabbed and robbed early Saturday morning as he was withdrawing money from an ATM, Seattle police said.

The victim told police he was withdrawing money at around 2:15 a.m. at an ATM on Third Avenue and Battery Street when a man came up from behind him and stabbed him in the back. The assailant then took the man's money and fled, police said.

The victim was treated at the scene for a stab wound to his upper back and was then taken to a hospital with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Police did not find a suspect. No description was released.


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July 27, 2011 5:28 PM

Assault charges filed in Muckleshoot Casino shooting

Posted by John de Leon

The Covington man suspected of shooting several people early Sunday in a nightclub at the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn was charged Wednesday with seven counts of first-degree assault.

Cesar Chaparro-Vielma, 42, is accused of shooting his ex-wife and her male friend while they were dancing with at the casino's Club Galaxy. Chaparro-Vielma is also accused of shooting his ex-wife's two sisters and injuring three bystanders with stray bullets.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, Chaparro-Vielma told police he followed his ex-wife and her boyfriend to the casino that night because he "could not stand it." According to the affidavit, Chaparro-Vielma walked onto the dance floor and opened fire. He was tackled by casino security after the shootings. A loaded .40-caliber Glock handgun was wrestled away from him.

Chaparro-Vielma faces a sentence range of 89 to 101 years in prison if he's convicted.

He is being held in the King County Jail in lieu pf $1 million bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 9.

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July 25, 2011 2:24 PM

Detectives seek witnesses to homeless man's assault in Burien

Posted by John de Leon

The King County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding the person(s) who assaulted an 18-year-old homeless man last week. The victim's injuries were initially believed to be life-threatening, but he is now in extremely serious condition at Harborview Medical Center, according to sheriff's spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart.

The attack occurred sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday at Sylvester Middle School, 16222 Sylvester Road Southwest, in Burien.


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Police responded after someone saw the victim staggering near the school. The victim had suffered a serious head injury and could not talk because he is hearing impaired.

Deputies and police searched the school and found some of the victim's belongings, including a blood-stained sleeping bag and his hearing aid, which was broken.

Detectives believe the man was sleeping on the school grounds when he was attacked. The man is homeless from time to time, Urquhart said.

Anyone with information on the assault is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 206-296-3311 (24 hours) or 911.

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July 14, 2011 9:19 AM

Seattle woman arrested in boyfriend's stabbing

Posted by John de Leon

A 51-year-old Seattle woman was arrested early Thursday morning after she stabbed her boyfriend, police said.

At about 5:23 a.m., police responded to the 6300 block of 15th Avenue Northeast after a man had been stabbed twice in the chest and upper arm.

The suspect, the man's live-in girlfriend, fled the home but was arrested nearby.


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Seattle Fire Department medics treated the victim and then took him to Harborview Medical Center with what police called non-life-threatening injuries. His girlfriend was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault.

The Police Department's blog did not provide a motive for the stabbing.

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July 6, 2011 5:59 AM

Eviction notice: Seattle landlord threatens tenant with shotgun

Posted by John de Leon

A Seattle landlord was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly threatened a tenant with a shotgun during an eviction, according to police.

Just after 1 p.m., police were called to the 500 block of North 84th Street after a man reported he had been threatened by his landlord. The tenant, who was being evicted, went to the home to retrieve some of his belongings. He told police his landlord had pointed a shotgun at him.


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The tenant pleaded with his landlord not to shoot him as he backed out of the house. Once outside, the victim called 911.

Officers and members of the SWAT team responded. They called the suspect on his phone and convinced him to surrender, police said. The suspect walked out of the home and was arrested.

A loaded shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle were recovered from the house, police said.

The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault.

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June 28, 2011 3:48 PM

'Tuba Man' killer now accused of ramming woman's car

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan


SEATTLE TIMES FILE PHOTO

Billy Chambers during a court hearing earlier this year.

Billy Chambers, one of three juveniles convicted of the 2008 slaying of Seattle street musician Ed "Tuba Man" McMichael, is back behind bars, this time for allegedly deliberately ramming a woman's car.

Chambers, now 18, was arrested by Seattle police last week after a woman said that he intentionally struck her car. Chambers was charged in King County Superior Court Tuesday with second-degree assault and hit and run.

Prosecutors allege Chambers struck the woman's car and ran her off the road because she had filed a police report against him after an earlier car prowl.

Chambers is accused of rear-ending the woman's car while it was stopped for a traffic light at the intersection of 23rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street around 3:45 p.m. on Thursday. The woman told police that as she tried to drive away the same car followed in the next lane and swerved toward the passenger side of her car, causing her to leave the roadway and strike a tree, according to charging paperwork.

The woman was not hurt.

She told officers that she recognized the driver of the mid-1990s Ford Crown Victoria that hit her, according to charging papers. She said that she had reported him to police about a week earlier after he allegedly broke into her car, according to charging paperwork.

Police located the Crown Victoria parked outside Chambers' home and were allowed inside. Officers said they overheard Chambers on the phone saying "will you please tell them you did it," charges allege. When Chambers was arrested he told police that he had been sleeping all day and that someone else had been using his car.

In her request to have Chambers held in lieu of $250,000 bail, King County Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Amy Montgomery wrote that the "State has grave concerns for the safety of the community" in reference to Chambers.

"The defendant was angry at the victim for filing a police report against him," Montgomery wrote. "While it is fortunate that no occupants of the car or pedestrians were injured, it does not lessen the risk that the defendant's violent actions could harm someone."

Montgomery said that Chambers has a lengthy criminal history, including convictions as an adult for first- and third-degree theft. And juvenile convictions for first-degree manslaughter, second-degree robbery and possession of stolen property, Montgomery wrote.

Chambers has pending King County District Court cases stemming from incidents on June 8, June 21 and 22, when he was caught either driving without a license or operating a vehicle without insurance, Montgomery wrote.

Chambers, who was 15 when he and two other boys were prosecuted in McMichael's slaying, spent about 18 months at Maple Lane School in Centralia in connection with McMichael's death and another robbery on the same night in October 2008.

The sentences for Chambers and the two other youths who fatally beat McMichaels outraged many in the community. Because no witnesses came forward, King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said his office was forced to charge the three teens as juveniles instead of seeking to have them charged as adults.

For 20 years, McMichael, 53, was a fixture at Mariners, Sonics and Seahawks' games and around the Seattle Center -- trading his talent for spare change.

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June 21, 2011 9:24 AM

Suspect arrested in University District shooting

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police arrested a 34-year-old man late Monday in connection with last Friday's shooting in the University District.

At about 11 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a tavern in the 5600 block of University Way Northeast after a man threatened to shoot up the place. As police were heading to the business they received a description of the suspect and were alerted that he was getting into a cab.


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When police arrived they saw a man matching the description about to get into a cab. The man was detained while witnesses were able to positively identify the man as the one who made the threats in the tavern.

Police then notified witnesses from last Friday's shooting in the 4300 block of University Way Northeast and they positively identified the suspect as the same man who opened fire.

The man was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault.

In Friday's incident, a man fired gunshots outside a business, breaking a window. Police later recovered a black handgun that had been thrown over a fence on Brooklyn Avenue Northeast. The gun had been reported stolen.

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June 17, 2011 2:35 PM

7-year sentence for man who sucker-punched disabled man

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

A man who sucker-punched a developmentally disabled man after getting off a King County Metro bus in September was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison.

Raymel J. Curry was found guilty last month of second-degree assault in King County Superior Court.

He was charged after the Sept. 17 incident, which was captured on surveillance video on the bus. The victim suffered a broken jaw and deep head cuts.

On the video, Curry can be seen throwing a punch at the smaller victim from behind, just after both men stepped off the No. 7 bus on Rainier Avenue South, near Mount Baker Station. Curry is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, a police report said.

The victim crashed head-first on the window ledge of an auto-parts store, then fell to the sidewalk, charging document said.

Several people walked past the victim and got onto the bus, and others peered out the bus window, the video footage shows. Police reported that one witness did get off and stay with the victim, and the driver called 911.

Before the attack, Curry yelled threats and profanities, including some directly at the victim. He then walked to a mid-bus overhead camera to declare, "I'll punch you, on camera."

Transit police arrested Curry a week later in Kent. According to court charging paperwork, Curry has been booked into the King County Jail 54 times since 1996 and been sought on 26 arrest warrants.

During Friday's sentencing, the victim's sister said her brother's life had been forever altered by the assault. In addition to his physical injuries, he lost the last small shred of independence he had, she said.

"Sadly, he now lives in fear of the bus" and no longer leaves his home, she said.

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June 15, 2011 11:43 AM

Woman charged with below-the-belt assault

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A Seattle woman has been charged with third-degree assault/domestic violence after she allegedly squeezed her boyfriend's testicles so hard during a fight that he had to have surgery.

Jennifer Kolone, 30, was arrested on May 24 after her boyfriend called 911 to report that she was being abusive, according to charges filed in King County Superior Court. The alleged victim, a 40-year-old man, told police that the couple had argued and he threatened to leave. When the man ignored Kolone's apology, she grasped his testicles and "squeezed very hard," Seattle police Detective Pilar Curtis wrote in a report.

The man felt "extreme pain" and saw blood on his groin area, charges said. After the assault, Kolone "calmed down and began to clean the house as if nothing happened," Curtis wrote in the report.

The man was taken to Northwest Hospital & Medical Center for surgery. Dr. Karen Jacoby told police that the man's wound looked like it was a "knife injury," charges said.

Neither police nor prosecutors say that a knife was involved.

In the five years the couple have been together, police have been called on other occasions because of alleged domestic violence, King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor David D. Martin wrote in charging documents. Police were called in September, October and February. No arrests were made during any of the alleged incidents.

Bail was set at $30,000 for Kolone in the most recent incident. She was released from the King County Jail on May 26.

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June 15, 2011 11:38 AM

King Co. deputy breaks wrist during attempted arrest

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Susan Gilmore:

A King County sheriff's deputy broke his wrist early Wednesday while trying to arrest a driver in White Center.

The deputy tried to stop a car about 12:30 a.m. but the driver refused to stop, going through traffic lights and ignoring the deputy's siren, said Sgt. John Urquhart, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. There were three passengers in the car.

The chase lasted only minutes before the car pulled over and the driver took off running. The deputy chased him and grabbed his jacket, but the suspect turned suddenly and the deputy fell to the ground, breaking his wrist.

The other occupants of the car were interviewed and released, Urquhart said.

The deputy, 52, has been with the Sheriff''s Office for three years. Urquhart said the deputy is now resting at home.

Investigators are still searching for the driver.

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June 13, 2011 9:24 AM

Man arrested after ex-girlfriend stabbed in Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

A 23-year-old man was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly stabbing a woman he described as an ex-girlfriend, Seattle police said.

At about 4:20 a,m., several 911 callers reported a woman was screaming that she had been stabbed in the courtyard of an apartment building in the 1600 block of 19th Avenue. Police arrived and found a kitchen knife and a trail of blood, but no victim.


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Police did discover a man hiding in some bushes. The man fled up a fire escape and appeared to climb inside a fourth-floor apartment, police said. Officers later found the man trying to enter the building's garage. The man told police he was aware of the stabbing and said the victim was his former girlfriend.

He claimed that another man had stabbed the victim in the arm and that she had then called him for assistance. He said he picked her up and drove her to a hospital, where she refused to be treated. He then told police that he drove her to his grandmother's house in West Seattle. But police later learned the victim was not at the home.

The man finally admitted to officers that the victim was at his mother's house in the Central District. Officers found her at that home suffering from a stab wound as well as lacerations and bruising to her face and body. Police said her injuries were not considered to be life-threatening. She was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The man was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault.

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June 7, 2011 1:57 PM

Seattle teen charged with groping woman, two girls

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A 17-year-old boy accused of groping and fondling strangers in South Seattle earlier this year was charged Tuesday with indecent liberties and two counts of fourth-degree assault.

The teen, who The Times is not naming because he's being prosecuted as a juvenile, allegedly attacked three girls in April and May, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Seattle police arrested the youth on Thursday after one of the alleged victims saw him in the Chinatown International District and called for help. The 23-year-old woman told officers that on May 30 the same youth ran up behind her, reached underneath her dress and grabbed her, according to charges.

Officers who arrested the boy noted a similarity between the May 30 attack in the 500 block of South Jackson Street and gropings on April 5 and May 18, both near Franklin High School.

Detective Susana DiTusa presented the other two victims with a photo montage of possible suspects and both teenage girls identified the 17-year-old boy as their attacker, charges said. DiTusa, in charges, called the suspect "predatory in his approach" and followed his victims "for a period of time before attacking them."

Police said that the boy lives near where the attacks happened and attends a nearby alternative school. Prosecutors said the teen has no prior criminal history.

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June 6, 2011 9:25 AM

Seattle police officer pleads not guilty to assault charge

Posted by John de Leon


SEATTLE TIMES FILE PHOTO

Officer James J. Lee

-- From Times staff reporter Jennifer Sullivan:

James J. Lee, the Seattle police officer charged with fourth-degree assault after repeatedly kicking a teenage suspect inside a convenience store, pleaded not guilty Monday morning during his arraignment in Seattle Municipal Court.

The City Attorney's Office asked Municipal Court Judge Michael Hurtado to forbid Lee from possessing personal firearms when off-duty. Hurtado denied the motion and only ordered Lee to follow Police Department policies regarding personal weapons collections.

Several Police Department homicide detectives attended Monday's hearing to support Lee, whose next scheduled court hearing will be in August.

The assault charge stems from an Oct. 18 incident in Joe's Mart in downtown Seattle, which was captured on surveillance video. In the video, Lee is seen kicking an African-American teen suspected of trying to rob an undercover narcotics officer. The teen, Dvontaveous Hoston, was later exonerated when he was acquitted of first-degree attempted robbery.

The City Attorney's Office filed the charge against Lee in April after reviewing an independent investigation by the State Patrol, which was brought into the case at the request of Seattle Police Chief John Diaz. The charge is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

Lee's attorney, Peter Offenbecher, of Seattle, has said his client is innocent. Sgt. Rich O'Neill, president of the Seattle Police Officers' Guild, has also defended Lee, saying he was following accepted training practices.

The encounter between Lee and Hoston, who was 17 at the time and has since turned 18, happened shortly after Seattle police were attacked while conducting a narcotics buy-bust operation.

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June 2, 2011 2:32 PM

Judge won't release man to attend slain son's funeral

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Jennifer Sullivan:

Anger and emotion erupted from a Kent courtroom on Thursday morning when a judge declined to release a man from jail to attend the funeral of his 16-year-old son who was killed in a shooting last month.

Gabriel Wilson is being held at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in lieu of $750,000 bail for the charge of first-degree assault. He pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Prosecutors say he shot at an apartment unit on May 22 after watching his son die in a shooting in Auburn. Wilson allegedly opened fire on the apartment because he thought the people inside were somehow associated with the youth accused of killing his son, Adrian Wilson.

James Anthony Mills, 16, has been charged with second-degree murder for allegedly killing Adrian Wilson during a birthday barbecue in the courtyard at the Aspen Meadows Apartments. Mills, who is being charged as an adult, is scheduled to be arraigned at the Maleng Regional Justice Center on Monday.

Mills, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, was arrested a day after the slaying when he tried to slip into his mother's Kent home disguised as a girl, according to Auburn police. He had cut his dreadlocks and donned a wig, dress, purse, sunglasses and ladies shoes, police said.

Mills said he was carrying a gun that day to protect himself from Gabriel Wilson, according to charging documents. Mills said that the elder Wilson had been bothering the mother of Mills' girlfriend, charging documents said.

Two other men were wounded by gunfire and are recovering, prosecutors said. Police have not said who shot the men.

Prosecutors say that Wilson's family spoke out in anger when a judge denied their request to have the man released to attend Adrian Wilson's funeral. Prosecutors objected to his release, fearing Wilson may try to retaliate for the death of his son, according to KING-TV.

Wilson was arraigned Thursday on the assault charge.

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June 1, 2011 5:37 PM

UPDATE: Suspect arrested in stabbing near Cal Anderson Park

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police have released the following update on the stabbing:

On June 1st at approximately 4:32 p.m. officers responded to a 911 call of a disturbance between two males near 12th Avenue and Howell Street. Preliminary investigation indicates that the 24-year-old male suspect robbed the 49-year-old male victim at knifepoint near 12th Avenue and Howell Street. The suspect then fled on foot with the victim's jacket and money.

A short time later the suspect got into a physical altercation with a second victim outside Cal Anderson Park (11th Avenue and East Olive Way). The second victim, also a 49-year-old male, was stabbed in the chest by the suspect. SFD medics responded to the scene and transported the stabbing victim to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Responding officers located the suspect walking near Cal Anderson Park. The suspect was detained and positively identified by both victims and also by witnesses. Officers recovered a knife off the suspect believed to be the one used in the stabbing.

The suspect was placed under arrest and will be booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Robbery and Investigation of Assault.

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-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

A 50-year-old man was hospitalized after being stabbed Wednesday afternoon near Cal Anderson Park in Seattle. Police have arrested a suspect.

Seattle police said the victim was stabbed around 4:30 p.m near at 12th Avenue East and Howell Street near the park on Capitol Hill. The motive for the stabbing was not immediately known.

There was no further information available, according to police.


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May 31, 2011 11:06 AM

Student stabbed during robbery at Edmonds Community College

Posted by John de Leon

From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

A 22-year-old Edmonds Community College student was stabbed during a robbery on campus Tuesday morning, according to Lynnwood police.

Police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions said the student was stabbed around 9:30 a.m. in Alderwood Hall. The victim, a Lynnwood man, was taken to Swedish Hospital in Edmonds with non-life threatening injuries, said Sessions. He was treated and released.


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The suspect, described as a thin black male with a shaved head or a short haircut, was wearing a black shirt and blue and white plaid jacket. He was carrying a black backpack, according to police.

The assailant fled the area, according to police. A K-9 search was unsuccessful, Sessions said.

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May 27, 2011 3:40 PM

Judge decides torture-room case to remain in King County

Posted by John de Leon

A judge has reversed her earlier ruling and has decided the trial of a 66-year-old Tacoma man accused of kidnapping, raping and torturing a prostitute will remain in King County.

King County Judge Kimberley Prochnau agreed Friday to keep the case of John Joseph Hauff Jr. in King County after county prosecutors argued against a of venue.

Hauff was charged in King County Superior Court last month with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape and second-degree assault charges. A 24-year-old woman contacted Seattle police with allegations that Hauff picked her up in Seattle, took her to his Pierce County home and raped and tortured her.

Police say they found an elaborate "bondage room" attached to Hauff's mobile home.

Kevin Dolan, who is representing Hauff, sought a change of venue to Pierce County because that's where the crimes he is accused of committing occurred.

But King County prosecutors said Hauff had already planned his crime when he picked the woman up in their jurisdiction.

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May 25, 2011 4:34 PM

Man convicted of punching disabled man on Metro bus

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A man who sucker-punched a developmentally disabled man on a bus in September has been found guilty of second-degree assault.

Raymel J. Curry was charged after the Sept. 17 incident, which left the mentally disabled victim with a broken jaw and deep head cuts. Curry, who was found guilty on Wednesday, faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced on June 17, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

Video from on-bus cameras shows the attacker throwing a right-hook punch at the smaller victim from behind, just after they both stepped off the No. 7 King County Metro Transit bus on Rainier Avenue South, near Mount Baker Station. Curry is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, a police report says.

The victim crashed head first on the window ledge of an auto-parts store, then fell to the sidewalk, charging document said.

Before the attack, the attacker yelled threats and profanities, including some directly at the victim. He then walked to a mid-bus overhead camera to declare, "I'll punch you, on camera."

Transit police arrested Curry a week later in Kent. He has been arrested at least 50 times.

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May 23, 2011 10:43 AM

Man hospitalized after fork attack at Seattle restaurant

Posted by John de Leon

A man was arrested for investigation of assault early Sunday morning after he repeatedly stabbed another man with a fork during a melee at a Chinatown International District restaurant, according to Seattle police. The fork-wielding man was apparently angry with the victim for dancing with a woman, police said.

As police responded to a disturbance outside the restaurant in the 500 block of Maynard Avenue South around 2:30 a.m., officers saw about 50 or so patrons spilling out from the business. Management of the restaurant locked the doors after everyone left, preventing anyone from going back inside.


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An officer spotted the suspect pummeling the bleeding victim, who was pinned against the locked door. The officer stopped the assault and the suspect was arrested.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of several fork wounds, including some to the head and hands.

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May 16, 2011 3:16 PM

Man groping petite girls, women in Federal Way

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

Federal Way police are asking for the public's help in identifying a serial groper who appears to be increasing the frequency of his attacks, primarily targeting petite girls and young women near bus stops.

The suspect is described as a white male, 24 to 30 years old, 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-8, approximately 160 pounds with shoulder-length brown or red hair. He is either clean cut or sports a red beard and typically wears a hooded sweatshirt with the hood up and a bright orange knit cap.

Since Jan. 4, six girls and women have contacted police after the suspect approached them from behind and groped their buttocks or pelvic areas, said Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock. The attacks occurred along busy streets, while the women were walking to or from bus stops, she said.

One victim is 46 years old, but the others were all between the ages of 14 and 21, Schrock said. The victims are described as petite.

Three of the attacks occurred in the north end of the city, roughly in the area of South 288th Street, between Pacific Highway South and Military Road. Three others occurred along South 320th Street, between Eighth Avenue South and Pacific Highway.

"Although the suspect has not escalated his behavior, the pattern is a public safety concern. The frequency of incidents is also increasing," Schrock said in a news release, noting that there was one attack each in January, February and March. In April, there were two attacks and the latest attack was on May 11.

Due to the nature of the crimes, police believe other victims may not have reported additional incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call the Federal Way Police Department's tip line at 253-835-6799.

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May 14, 2011 8:02 AM

Girl stabbed at Seattle Center; suspect sought

Posted by John de Leon

A girl was hospitalized early Saturday morning after she was stabbed at Seattle Center, according to police.

Just after midnight, several fights broke out outside the Exhibition Hall as a dance was ending. Police were dispersing the crowd of about 200 when they learned someone had been stabbed during the melee.

A juvenile female reportedly got into a fight with another female, who stabbed the juvenile in the abdomen, police said. The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where she underwent surgery. Her age was not released by police.

Officers located the knife they believe was used in the assault. Police are looking for the suspect.

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May 6, 2011 2:32 PM

Man sentenced for assaulting Seattle cop in drug-buy melee

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Mike Carter:

A 19-year-old Lynnwood man who was convicted of assaulting a Seattle police officer during an undercover drug-buy last fall was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

A King County jury in February found Alexei Selivanoff guilty of third-degree assault for attacking Officer Raul Vaca in downtown Seattle on Oct. 18. Selivanoff was one of several people arrested after two officers were injured in a melee that erupted during the undercover drug operation.

But Selivanoff and three other people -- including a teen repeatedly kicked by another Seattle police officer in a widely publicized incident -- were acquitted of charges that they tried to steal money from an undercover officer in the same incident. A fifth defendant, Bryant Crews, pleaded guilty to a drug charge.

According to King County prosecutors, on Oct. 18, an undercover officer looking to buy crack cocaine was lured to a downtown parking lot, where a group of men and the teen attempted to rob him. The officer was punched in the face and a second officer suffered serious facial injuries while arresting one of the suspects, Seattle police said.

During the ensuing investigation, Officer James J. Lee encountered a 17-year-old at Joe's Mart in downtown Seattle. In an incident captured on surveillance video, the teen can be seen with his hands in the air as Lee approaches. Lee then kicks at the teen's groin area. After the teen falls to the floor, Lee kicks him in the torso and then the head before another officer pushes Lee away and handcuffs the teen.

The teen was charged in juvenile court with first-degree attempted robbery for allegedly attempting to steal money from the undercover officer, but was acquitted. The Seattle Times generally does not name juveniles charged with a crime.

Lawyers for the teen -- who has since turned 18 -- have filed a claim against the city of Seattle seeking a jury trial or a $450,000 settlement, claiming the youth was the victim of "unjustified and excessive force."

Lee has been charged with fourth-degree assault for kicking the teen. The charge is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

Lee, 42, is the first officer to be charged with a crime arising from a series of incidents in the past year that has prompted the U.S. Justice Department to open a formal civil-rights investigation into the Police Department's use of force and its treatment of minorities.

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May 6, 2011 1:07 PM

Man suspected of Kent shooting arrested in Spanaway

Posted by John de Leon


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Geraldo Rojas

A man suspected of shooting a woman during a gang fight outside the American Legion Hall in Kent in March has been captured in Pierce County.

Gang detectives from the Pierce County Sheriff's Department arrested Geraldo Rojas, 20, at a Spanaway residence Thursday evening. He was wanted on an arrest warrant.

Rojas' was wanted in connection with the shooting that occurred shortly after 11 p.m. on March 19 at the hall near Kent Kangley Road and 97th Place South. The 43-year-old victim and her family were leaving a private birthday party at the hall when shots rang out in the parking lot. The victim suffered gunshot wounds to the shoulder and right arm.

Police later learned the woman was caught in a crossfire stemming from a fight between Rojas and other gang members.

Rojas was in possession of several firearms when he was arrested. Some of the weapons recovered were determined to be stolen.

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May 4, 2011 9:37 AM

Suspect in Seattle robbery arrested in Mountlake Terrace

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police arrested a 19-year-old man Tuesday in Mountlake Terrace in connection with a March 18 assault and robbery near the University of Washington.

The victim, a 20-year-old man, was walking around 12:30 a.m. in the 1800 block of Northeast 50th Street when a car pulled up next to him and a man inside asked for directions. As the victim approached the passenger side of the car the man inside the car grabbed the victim's cell phone. The victim tried to retrieve the phone, but the car accelerated, dragging him a short distance. The man in the car then punched the victim in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

The victim suffered abrasions to his elbow and a cut lip.


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On March 27, police in Pullman were conducting an unrelated investigation involving the same suspect when they found the victim's cell phone in the suspect's backpack. On Monday, the victim was shown a photo montage and positively identified the suspect.

The suspect was arrested without incident at his Mountlake Terrace home and was then booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

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May 2, 2011 11:23 AM

Tacoma torture-chamber suspect seeks change of venue

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

John Joseph Hauff Jr. was expected to enter a plea Monday on charges he kidnapped, raped and tortured a 24-year-old prostitute he picked up in Seattle last month, but his arraignment was postponed until May 16 after his defense attorneys filed a motion seeking a change of venue.

King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle agreed to postpone the arraignment so that the discussion about moving the case to Pierce County can be addressed when it is added to the court's criminal-motions calendar.

Hauff, 66, of Tacoma was charged in King County Superior Court on April 19 with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree rape and second-degree assault. The alleged crimes occurred April 2 inside what police have described as a "bondage room" attached to Hauff's mobile home on a sprawling property near the King-Pierce county line.

The woman later reported what had happened to Seattle police. Seattle detectives searched Hauff's property along with detectives from the Tacoma Police Department and found evidence corroborating the woman's account, according to court records.

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April 26, 2011 10:53 AM

Seattle police: 13-year-old helps bust dad for gunplay, road rage

Posted by John de Leon

The 13-year-old son of a man suspected of firing a gunshot during a road-rage incident Tuesday morning helped police put his father behind bars, according to Seattle police.

Police said two motorists got into a road-rage dispute around 8 a.m. when one or both allegedly cut each other off at Martin Luther King Jr. Way South and South Kenyon Street. A man described by police as the primary suspect stopped his vehicle, got out and fired a gunshot in the air in an attempt to scare the other driver.

The two cars collided as the second driver was fleeing the scene, police said. The armed man chased the victim and reportedly pointed his handgun at the driver a second time when the vehicles came to a stop somewhere near Martin Luther King Jr. Way and South Cloverdale St.

Police located and arrested the armed man in a nearby open field. Police said the man's 13-year-old was in the car during the incident and gave officers a "coherent account" of what happened.

Police recovered a handgun from shooter. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

Good thing there was one grown-up in the shooter's car.

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April 26, 2011 10:15 AM

Seattle officers injured during arrest of rowdy bar patron

Posted by John de Leon

Two Seattle police officers were injured Monday night after they responded to a fight at a Ballard bar.

Just before 11 p.m., police responded to reports that a bouncer was fighting with another man at a bar in the 4800 block of 17th Avenue Northwest. By the time officers arrived the fight had ended and two men who had reportedly assaulted the bouncer had left, according to police.


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Two officers saw one of the suspects preparing to fight with another man in the 1500 block of Northwest 49th Street. As one of the officers tried to escort the suspect away from the other man, the suspect spun away from the officer and threw a punch. The officer was able to hold onto the suspect's clothing. The suspect turned to run, knocking the other officer to the ground, causing her to hit her head on the sidewalk.

The suspect broke free and ran a short distance before one of the officers caught up with him. The suspect began throwing punches and elbows. The officer was able to fend off the attack and take the suspect into custody.

Both officers were treated at the scene by Seattle Fire Department medics and then taken to Harborview Medical Center for additional treatment. The female officer suffered a mild concussion, scrapes and abrasions. The second officer received four stitches for a cut to his right hand.

The suspect, a 23-year old-man, was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault. The other suspect was not located, police said.

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April 22, 2011 9:19 AM

Men arrested after attacking teens at Golden Gardens Park

Posted by John de Leon

Three men were arrested Thursday night after they assaulted several teens and stole a purse at Golden Gardens Park, Seattle police said.


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At about 9:40 p.m., about a dozen juveniles were hanging out in the park when they were approached by three men who were acting "suspiciously," police said. Several of the teens asked the men what they wanted and they responded by attacking the group.

During the attack, one suspect grabbed a purse that belonged to one of the juveniles. The three men then fled and climbed into a Dodge Caravan and tried to drive off. However, a police officer blocked the van from leaving the parking lot.

The three men were identified by the victims and arrested. Police said there were a total of six assault victims, none of whom had serious injuries.

Police recovered the stolen purse and returned it to the owner.

The three men, all 18 years old, were booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

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April 18, 2011 5:43 AM

Suspect arrested in Port Angeles car-ramming case

Posted by John de Leon

Port Angeles police on Sunday night arrested a 28-year-old man accused of ramming the car of a family into a power pole, sending four people to the hospital, according to the Peninsula Daily News.

Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith tells the Daily News that Michael J. Moyle was arrested at a home in Port Angeles at about 8:30 p.m. "He essentially surrendered without incident," Smith said.

Moyle is suspected of ramming a family's Subaru with a Ford Mustang, pushing the Subaru into a utility pole, before driving off. Police say the driver of the Mustang had chased the Subaru from a supermarket just before the crash.

Four people in the Subaru -- two adults and two children ages 2 and 5 -- were injured, police said. The most seriously injured was 5-year-old Aaron Baker, who was released Saturday from Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.

Police are unsure why the driver of the Mustang deliberately rammed the Subaru.

Moyle was wanted for investigation of four counts of first-degree assault.

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April 17, 2011 8:59 AM

Port Angeles police hunt suspect in car-ramming case

Posted by John de Leon

Port Angeles police say the search for a 28-year-old man suspected of ramming a family's car last Wednesday is a "major priority," according to the Peninsula Daily News.

Michael J. Moyle, described by police as a transient, is suspected of ramming the family's Subaru with a Ford Mustang, pushing the Subaru into a utility pole, before driving off. Police say the driver of the Mustang had chased the Subaru from a supermarket just before the crash.

Four people in the Subaru -- two adults and two children ages 2 and 5 -- were injured, police said. The most seriously injured was 5-year-old Aaron Baker, who was released Saturday from Seattle's Harborview Medical Center.

Police are unsure why the driver of the Mustang deliberately rammed the Subaru.

"We're not going to jump to any conclusions right now," Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith tells the Daily News.

Moyle is wanted for investigation of four counts of first-degree assault.

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April 15, 2011 5:56 AM

Police arrest couple wanted in Snohomish shooting

Posted by John de Leon

Police have arrested two people wanted in connection with a shooting earlier this week in Snohomish.

Terrance Lawson, the suspected shooter, and Lorene Saladini, Lawson's girlfriend and suspected accomplice, were arrested at a home.

Detectives from the Snohomish and Lake Stevens police departments last night learned where the suspects were hiding, according to a news release. Police went to the home and the couple surrendered.

According to police, a witness saw Lawson and Saladini drive into a parking lot at the 1400 block of Pine Avenue just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, and Lawson got out and shot a 21-year-old man three times before getting back in the truck and driving away.

The victim was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition. His current condition was not known.

Police said the victim had argued with Lawson and Saladini earlier in the day, and Saladini threatened the victim.

Police didn't give the location of the home where the pair was arrested and didn't say when they were arrested. We'll update this post as soon as we have more information.

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April 13, 2011 12:03 PM

UPDATE: Jury finds Seattle woman guilty of assault

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

UPDATE:A King County Superior jury on Wednesday found a Seattle woman charged in connection with an attack on a Columbia City boutique owner last fall guilty of fourth-degree assault.

Deborah Ann Valentine, 49, had been on trial for third-degree assault, a felony, and attempted third-degree theft for about a week. Jurors heard closing arguments in the case on Wednesday morning.

If Valentine is convicted, prosecutors planned to seek a high-end sentence of up to five years in prison because of her lengthy criminal record, which includes nearly 80 convictions since 1983, said Senior Deputy Prosecutor Gary Ernsdorff.

Because Valentine was found guilty of the lesser degree of assault, she faces up to a year in jail, prosecutors said. Fourth-degree assault is a misdemeanor.

Karla Esquivel, who owns Andaluz, a boutique in the 4900 block of Rainier Avenue South, told Seattle police that she confronted Valentine in the store on Nov. 5 about an alleged shoplifting. When Esquivel tried to confiscate the woman's purse, which contained a stolen flask and a magnetic notepad, Valentine knocked over several racks and attacked the store owner, charging paperwork said.

Esquivel said that Valentine pulled her hair and scratched her arms. When police interviewed Valentine she said that she planned to pay for the items, but left when Esquivel "made some derogatory comments toward her," charging paperwork said.

Since 1983, Valentine has been convicted of 14 felonies and 64 misdemeanors, including theft, prostitution, assault, trespassing and loitering, according to prosecutors.

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April 13, 2011 8:11 AM

Man stabbed during robbery in Northeast Seattle

Posted by Susan Gilmore

A man was stabbed in the arm during a robbery on 33rd Avenue Northeast in Seattle late Tuesday.

Seattle Police said the man was walking in the 12700 block when he was approached by another man who began to verbally harass the victim. The man yelled at the victim to hand over his coat.

When the victim refused, two other men joined in and all three began assaulting the victim, police said. They took the victim's coat and ran off.

The victim was treated for a stab wound to his left arm, a non-life-threatening injury. The suspects, have not been located.

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April 11, 2011 9:32 AM

Man injured in Lynnwood-area shooting: 'I'm so lucky'

Posted by John de Leon

A 50-year-old Snohomish County man was treated for non-life-threatening injuries Monday morning after a shotgun went off during a struggle with another man at the victim's home at Serene Terrace Mobile Home Park.

Snohomish County sheriff's deputies responded to the shooting a north of Lynnwood at 2:46 a.m. Sheriff's detectives said the victim was injured after he answered his back door. No suspects have been identified, according to the Sheriff's Office.

It was first reported as a shooting, but the victim was not hit by the shotgun blast, the Sheriff's Office said. He may have been hit with the shotgun itself.

The victim lives in the home with his longtime girlfriend and another roommate, the Sheriff's Office said.


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The victim, Craig Talbert, was interviewed by our news partners at KING-TV after he was released from the hospital.

Talbert said that when he opened the door he saw a man armed with a shotgun whose face was half-covered with a bandanna. They struggled and the shotgun went off, he told KING-TV

"When I saw all of the blood and I wasn't sure if he'd blown off the back of my head. Because I went blind in my left eye for about five minutes and couldn't see anything," Talbert said.

Talbert said he did not recognize the suspect and feels the man may have had the wrong house.

He told KING-TV, "I'm so lucky, I'm so lucky."

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March 26, 2011 10:33 AM

Central Area fight: One man injured, three arrested

Posted by Nick Provenza

A fight involving five people in Seattle's Central area Friday night left one man seriously injured and three men behind bars.

Police got more than one 911 call around 9:20 p.m. about a big fight in the 500 block of 25th Avenue South, according to Seattle police.

When officers showed up, they found a man on the ground who was unresponsive. Fire department aid units were called and medics determined that the man had suffered significant head injuries and possibly injuries to his spine, police said. The man was taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Meanwhile officers learned that a gold Jeep had been at the fight scene and three men had gotten out, accosted the victim and began punching and kicking him. They then got back into the Jeep and took off.

A short time later, officers found the Jeep with three men inside at 26th Avenue and East Yesler. They were identified as possible suspects in the beating, arrested and booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault.

The condition of the injured victim was not available.

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March 17, 2011 4:41 PM

Duvall boy, 12, sentenced for plotting school killings

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A 12-year-old Duvall boy who threatened fellow students at Tolt Middle School in Carnation and harassed members of his family was sentenced Thursday to more than a year at a juvenile jail.

The boy was expelled from the school on Oct. 6 after telling police he was tired of bullies picking on him and wanting to "Show them [who is] boss, " including his desire to point a loaded gun at one child he named, according to court charging paperwork. Officers from the Duvall-Carnation Police Department found two shotguns and a 9 mm pistol in a camper where the boy had been staying near his home, according to the charging papers.

The boy's mother told police that her son said he planned to get back at bullies, saying he planned to go to a bus stop and point a gun at two boys he named, then go to school and kill about 20 other students who teased him, the charging papers say. He also said he planned to kill teachers, providing the names of some, before returning home and killing family members, the mother told police.

The mother said she was afraid of what the boy is capable of doing and that she considered his threat to harm or kill his family legitimate. She said she was in the process of placing him in a juvenile facility in Montana, the charging papers said.

The Seattle Times is not naming the boy because he was prosecuted as a juvenile.

King County Deputy prosecutor Jennifer Worley said that the boy pleaded guilty as charged Thursday to:

-- assault and second-degree harassment for strangling and harassing his sister in an incident in September;
-- felony harassment for threatening to kill his family in October;
-- felony harassment for threatening to kill another student in October;
-- harassment for threatening another student in October;
-- custodial assault, for attacking a corrections officer

The boy was given an exceptional sentence of 52 to 65 weeks in a state Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration facility. He will receive credit for the 162 days he has already served at the King County Juvenile Detention Center, Worley said.

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March 11, 2011 3:44 PM

20-year sentence in Belltown drive-by shooting

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

One of two men who pleaded guilty to a drive-by shooting in Belltown last year was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

Farhan Edin, 21, and Abdulahi Farah, 23, each pleaded guilty in January to one count of first-degree assault. Edin, who was sentenced Friday, also pleaded guilty to second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm for the June 20 shooting.

Farah's sentencing has been postponed until April 1. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

According to police, Edin and Farah shot the victim because he had previously called police on them.

On June 6, the victim had tried to stop someone from trying to break into his wife's car. The victim tried to hold the prowler for police, but before officers arrived the victim reported that a white Camaro drove up and the driver, armed with a crowbar, helped the man escape, according to charging paperwork filed in King County Superior Court.

Around 3:30 a.m. on June 20, the victim had parked his car at Sixth Avenue and Wall Street and was walking to a friend's apartment when the same Camaro approached and the front-seat passenger fired three or four shots, striking him once in the neck.


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Witnesses provided descriptions of the vehicle and the two occupants. Police spotted the Camaro on Interstate 5. An officer saw the passenger toss something "large and silver in color" out the window, charges said. The Camaro was stopped near Dearborn Street. A handgun was later found on the freeway.

The victim, who required surgery, including a tracheotomy, identified Edin from a photo montage and wrote detectives a note: "It was the same guys who broke into my car/wife car in Seattle about two weeks ago," charging paperwork said.

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March 4, 2011 1:52 PM

Man sentenced for shooting girlfriend, man in Belltown

Posted by John de Leon


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Phonsavanh Phongmanivan was sentenced Friday in King County Superior Court.

-- From Times staff reporter Jennifer Sullivan:

A Seattle man who shot his girlfriend in the face on Halloween 2008 was sentenced Friday to 25 1/2 years in prison for two counts of first-degree assault with a firearm.

Phonsavanh Phongmanivan fired at least 10 shots into a crowd near a hot dog stand in the 2300 block of First Avenue around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2008, prosecutors said. Margilyn Umali, Phongmanivan's girlfriend, and a bystander named Roger Wright were wounded by the gunfire, charging papers said.

King County Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Miller sought a 30-year sentence. The defense asked for less than 17 years in prison.

In court Friday, Phongmanivan wiped his tears on his red jail scrubs when his family asked Superior Court Judge Jim Rogers to be merciful and grant their request of an exceptionally low sentence. When given a chance to speak, Phongmanivan said he was "devastated."

"I want Margilyn to know I still love her and I wish this would go away so we can be a family," he said, also asking for the reduced sentence of 17 years.

But Carlito Umali, the injured woman's brother, railed against Phongmanivan and said that he deserved the harshest sentence possible. Umali said that his sister is depressed and feels insecure leaving the house because her permanent injuries cause people to stare and question her.

"She cries at night because the unfairness of this situation," Carlito Umali, 24, said in court. "She cries because she cannot be the mother she wants to be."

Margilyn Umali, 26, didn't speak in court. She and Phongmanivan have a 3-year-old daughter together.

Umali was shot in the face; the bullet lodged in her head, said Miller. She is able to think and process, but struggles to speak, Miller said. her family said that she has been left with permanent damage to yer cornea and partial paralysis.

A King County Superior Court Jury found Phongmanivan guilty in January. When police interviewed Phongmanivan after the shooting he denied knowing who fired the shots. He did not testify during the trial.

Wright, the second victim, was shot twice and has fully recovered, Miller said. He was not in court Friday.

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March 3, 2011 4:55 PM

Roommates' samurai skirmish results in criminal charges

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

An Auburn man who allegedly cut his new roommate's neck with a samurai sword during a night of drinking last month has been charged with second-degree assault.

McKinley Stovall, 56, was apparently angry with his roommate so he grabbed the sword off the wall and pressed the blade into the other man's neck -- leaving a light cut mark, according to charges filed in King County Superior Court. Stovall then returned the sword to its wall-mounted holder and grabbed a switchblade knife. He swung the smaller knife around, cutting the other man's fingers, charges said.

The roommate called police and officers surrounded the apartment, Stovall refused to come outside, according to charges. Officers forced open the front door and found Stovall hiding underneath his bed sheets; he was arrested after a brief fight, police said.

Stovall was wanted on three arrest warrants, one for domestic violence, two for driving with a suspended license and another for drunk driving, Auburn Police Detective Aaron D. Williams wrote in his certification of probable cause.

Stovall is being held at the Maleng Regional Justice Center without bail.

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March 3, 2011 1:53 PM

Man who shot two in Belltown to be sentenced

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A Seattle man who shot his girlfriend in the face on Halloween 2008 will be sentenced Friday on two counts of first-degree assault with a firearm.

Phonsavanh Phongmanivan fired at least 10 shots into a crowd near a hot dog stand in the 2300 block of First Avenue around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2008, prosecutors said. Margilyn Umali, Phongmanivan's girlfriend, and a bystander named Roger Wright were wounded by the gunfire, charging papers said.

King County Deputy Prosecutor Jennifer Miller said she will seeking a 30-year sentence. The defense will be asking for less than 17 years in prison.

A King County Superior Court Jury found Phongmanivan guilty in January. When police interviewed Phongmanivan after the shooting he denied knowing who fired the shots. He did not testify during the trial.

Umali was shot in the face; the bullet lodged in her head, said Miller. She is able to think and process, but struggles to speak, Miller said.

Wright was shot twice and has fully recovered, Miller said.

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February 22, 2011 2:00 PM

SPD officer punched, bitten by suspect

Posted by John de Leon

A Seattle police officer suffered a bite to his arm and contusions Monday night when he was attacked by a man.

At about 9 p.m., the officer was investigating a reported car prowl near the Pike Place Market parking garage, 1500 block of Western Avenue, when he spotted market security officers investigating someone on the roof of the market's heritage museum.

The suspect jumped off of the roof and the officer went to contact him. The suspect punched the officer, knocking his glasses off. The suspect tried to poke at the officer's eyes and placed the officer in a headlock and choke hold as they went to the ground.

A market security officer was able to pepper spray the man's face. As the officer awaited back-up, the market security officers were able to get one handcuff on the suspect.

Additional officers arrived and assisted in taking the man into custody.

The injured officer was transported to Harborview Medical Center, where he was treated for a bite on his arm and contusions. He later returned to full duty .

The suspect was treated by Seattle Fire Department medics and later booked into the King County Jail for investigation of felony assault on an officer.

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February 3, 2011 4:29 PM

Bellevue teen charged in shooting of 12-year-old brother

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A 16-year-old Bellevue boy who allegedly shot his younger brother in the face on Monday was charged in adult felony court Thursday with second-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Adrian Flores Maldonado and his 12-year-old brother were wrestling and "play fighting" at their home in the 16200 block of Northeast 12th Court when the younger brother attempted to put the older boy in a headlock, according to charges filed in King County Superior Court. After freeing himself, Maldonado fetched a gun from his room with the intention of scaring his brother, charges said.

"Then with the gun about one foot from his brother's face, he pointed the gun at the left corner of his brother's mouth and pulled the trigger," police said in the certification for probable cause, which is part of the charging paperwork..

Bellevue police said the 12-year-old did not suffer a life-threatening injury.

Maldonado told police that he had taken the loaded 9-mm Ruger to Interlake High School earlier on Monday and forgot to unload it when he got home. The teen, who police say is a gang member, is believed to have bought the gun from an 18-year-old in an affiliated gang, according to court documents.

Maldonado remains in jail on $250,000 bail, prosecutors said. If convicted as charged he faces up to four years in prison, prosecutors said.

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February 2, 2011 9:39 AM

Feud between two men leads to stabbing in Ballard

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Susan Gilmore:

A 23-year-old man was stabbed Tuesday night during a fight in Ballard.

According to Seattle police, the victim was with a group of friends riding in a car near Northwest 65th Street and 15th Avenue Northwest around 11:30 p.m. when they stopped and another car pulled up next to them. The victim rolled down his window, as did the driver of the other car, and the two men began yelling at each other.

Both men got out of their cars and the victim and the driver began fighting in the street. The men then got back in their cars. Police said the victim then realized he'd been stabbed. He was first driven to Swedish Medical Center/Ballard and then taken to Harborview Medical Center with what police described as non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the fight was part of an ongoing feud between the two men. The suspect has not been located, police said Wednesday morning.

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January 26, 2011 6:01 PM

Seattle police seek additional victims of Lincoln Park attacks

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:


SEATTLE POLICE SKETECH

Sketch of man suspected of Dec. 8 attack in Lincoln Park.

Police say a man charged with the attack of a woman jogger Tuesday in West Seattle's Lincoln Park may be responsible for other assaults in the park.

Duane Starkenburg, 46, was charged with misdemeanor assault and pleaded not guilty in court during a court appearance Wednesday, according to Kimberly Mills, a spokeswoman for City Attorney Pete Holmes. A judge also increased Starkenburg's bail from $950 to $25,000 at the request of Holmes' office, she said.

Police on Wednesday released a drawing of a man suspected in a Dec. 8 assault in the park in hopes that other victims may come forward. Police are asking that anyone who may have had an encounter with the man in the drawing, but may have not reported it, call the department's Sexual Assault Unit at 206- 684-5575.

Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, a 27-year-old woman was jogging on the waterfront trail in Lincoln Park, located in the 8000 block of Fauntleroy Way Southwest. According to police, an unknown man ran up behind her and attempted to tackle her, throwing his arms around her legs. The woman, who was not injured, was able to break free and get away, police said.

Starkenburg was arrested as he attempted to cross Fauntleroy Way Southwest, according to police. He was later identified by the woman victim and booked into jail on investigation of misdemeanor assault, police said.

Starkenburg, who lives with his parents in West Seattle, told his mother the whole thing was an accident, according to his mother, Lois Starkenburg. She said her son, an avid jogger, was jogging when he bumped into the woman and fell to the ground.

"He told me he looked up at her and said, 'I'm awfully sorry,' " and went on with his jog, his mother said. "But two guys told her he'd tried to tackle her."

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January 20, 2011 8:57 AM

Woman arrested in stabbing in Rainier Valley

Posted by John de Leon

A 21-year-old woman was arrested early Thursday morning after she allegedly stabbed another woman in the Rainer Valley, according to Seattle police.

Just before 1 a.m., police responded to a 911 call of a possible stabbing in the parking lot of a gas station in the 7200 block of Rainier Avenue South. Officers found the 38-year-old victim bleeding from a stab wound to her upper leg. Seattle Fire Department medics treated the victim at the scene and took her to a hospital, where it was determined that she had also suffered a stab wound to her chest. Her wounds were not considered life-threatening, police said.


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Gang detectives found the suspect, a 21-year-old woman, near Rainier and South Fontanelle Street. Police determined that the suspect and victim, and possibly a third woman, had been in a fight, and that a knife and broken vodka bottle had been used. Police say the knife was recovered from the roof of the gas station and the bottle was found in the parking lot.

The suspect was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault.

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January 19, 2011 5:43 PM

Man punched by SPD officer charged with assault

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A mentally ill man who was punched by a Seattle police officer on Thursday night after officers say he spit on one of them was charged Wednesday with third-degree assault and felony harassment.

Seattle police say they approached Frank Willers Greenlund after the 51-year-old man walked into traffic on Rainier Avenue South just after 10:30 p.m., according to charging paperwork. Several cars had to apply their brakes or swerve to avoid hitting Greenlund, charges said.

When SPD officers Aaron Johnson and Darryl D'Ambrosio told Greenlund to stop, he stopped, gave them some type of hand gesture and then kept walking, charging papers said. After Greenlund refused a second time to stop, the officers grabbed him and took him to the ground.

The charges say he responded by spitting in D'Ambrosio's mouth and nose, charges said.

A witness to the incident told The Times that she saw officers "tackle" the man and then one of the officers punched the man several times in the face after he was handcuffed.

A report filed by the officers and released to the public makes no mention of any use of force. However, Seattle Police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said Wednesday the officers filed "use-of-force" reports that detailed the incident. Whitcomb confirmed the officer punched the suspect.

Police are conducting an internal investigation into the matter.

According to charging paperwork, D'Ambrosio was hospitalized for "bodily fluid exposure."

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January 12, 2011 4:28 PM

Charges filed in bloody bathrobe assault case

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

An assault suspect who police say presented his mother with the victim's distinctive bathrobe was charged in King County Superior Court on Wednesday with three criminal counts.

Harold Clayton Donald, 21, of Kent, was charged with first-degree assault, attempted first-degree robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle in connection with an unrelated stolen car case. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Steven Kim has asked that he be held in lieu of $750,000 bail.

Donald was arrested after investigators said he gave his mother the victim's bloody bathrobe as an early Christmas gift, according to charges. King County sheriff's deputies say that the victim was left unconscious after he tried to stop Donald from stealing his SUV on Dec. 17.

Gordon "Mac" McWhirter, 55, woke up at about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 17 and went outside to have a smoke, clad in his robe and slippers, his wife said. He heard a sound and went to investigate, his wife, Sam McWhirter told The Times. Apparently, he saw someone trying to steal their 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

A resident of McWhirter's apartment complex dialed 911 to report that a naked man was outside yelling, charges said. When sheriff's investigators arrived they found McWhirter unconscious, he was laying in the grass and nude, except for one slipper. The man, who suffered broken bones, a cut spleen and serious injuries to his foot after apparently being dragged, was in a coma for "several weeks," charging paperwork said.

Detectives interviewed Donald's mother, who said her son had given her a bloodstained bathrobe for Christmas. The bathrobe was green and had a large cat image on the back. The bathrobe was recovered and positively identified by the victim's wife as the one he was wearing the night he was assaulted, the Sheriff's Office said.

McWhirter's wife identified the robe that Donald gave his mother as her husband's bathrobe, charges said.

Donald was questioned by investigators at the King County Jail on Jan. 3, he was being held for unrelated case.

A second suspect in the case, Lorenzo A. Leon, 21, was arrested in Everett on Wednesday, said King County sheriff's Sgt. John Urquhart, though he could not provide details of the arrest. Leon was booked into the King County Jail just after 3 p.m., jail records show.

Harborview spokeswoman Susan Gregg said Wednesday that McWhirter has been moved out of the intensive care unit but still has trouble communicating. "He's alert, though he's confused" and still has "a long ways to recovery," she said.

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January 11, 2011 1:33 PM

Bloody bathrobe leads to arrest in Shoreline assault

Posted by John de Leon

King County sheriff's detectives have arrested a suspect in connection with the assault of a Shoreline man who was left unconscious after he tried to stop his SUV from being stolen.

Gordon "Mac" McWhirter, 55, woke up at about 1:30 a.m. Dec. 17 and went outside "to have a smoke," clad in his robe and slippers, his wife said. He heard a sound and went to investigate, his wife, Sam McWhirter told The Times. Apparently, he saw someone trying to steal their 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Sam McWhirter theorizes that her husband tried to stop the theft. Based on his injuries, doctors judged McWhirter had been dragged by the thief -- or thieves' -- vehicle. When he was found he was only wearing a single slipper. Missing was his bathrobe, which was green and had a large jaguar image on the back.

Since the incident, McWhirter has remained at Harborview Medical Center, unconscious and unable to talk, according to the Sheriff's Office. His injuries included fractured ribs, lacerated spleen, broken foot and broken bones in his face.

During their investigation detectives learned one of the suspects, a 21-year-old man, had gone to his grandmother's house late on the night of Dec. 17. The grandmother said his clothes were dirty and bloody, and he said he had "stomped" someone.

Detectives also interviewed the suspect's mother, who said her son had given her a bloodstained bathrobe for Christmas. The bathrobe was green and had a large cat image on the back. The bathrobe was recovered and positively identified by the victim's wife as the one he was wearing the night he was assaulted, the Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office is also seeking a second suspect, a 21-year-old Everett man.

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January 7, 2011 12:00 PM

Charges filed in 2008 hammer attack on UW student

Posted by John de Leon

The King County Prosecutor's Office on Friday filed first-degree assault and first-degree attempted robbery charges against the unknown man who attacked a University of Washington student with a hammer three years ago.

To read the charges, click here.

The suspect, whose identity is unknown, is currently charged as "John Doe," according to the Prosecutor's Office. He has been linked to the attack through his DNA.

"We can identify the man who attacked the student victim in this case, we just don't know his name," King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said in a news release. "In the era of forensic science, a DNA link is just as compelling as a name or description. I am confident that we will catch up to him eventually, and today's filing preserves our ability to hold him accountable for this vicious attack."

At about 7 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2008, the victim was in the 1800 block of Northeast 47th Street when she said a man in his 20s or 30s confronted her and demanded her car keys. When she refused, the man attacked her with a hammer -- her skull and eye socket were fractured in the attack.

The man took the woman's Nokia cellphone before running away.

The victim, who was 22 at the time, said she screamed for help several times during the attack but no one responded. Several cars drove by and she even pounded on the door of a nearby rooming house immediately after the attack, but nobody answered.

The victim, who had moved to Seattle six years ago from war-torn Rwanda, where her entire family was slain, was interviewed by The Times several months after the attack. To read the story, click here.

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January 3, 2011 4:43 PM

Man charged with shooting couple on Maple Valley trail

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

An 18-year-old Maple Valley man who is accused of shooting and wounding a couple on the Lake Wilderness Trail on Dec. 27 was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree assault.

According to court documents, a 16-year-old girl and her 18-year-old boyfriend were on the trail when they ran in to Shayne D. Willis, and his friend, another 18-year-old man. The boyfriend accused Willis' friend of being a member of a particular gang, according to court documents.

Willis, who was dressed in a suit and wearing a fedora hat while walking on the trail, allegedly warned the couple that he was armed and then showed them his gun, police and prosecutors say. Willis told the couple he would count to three and then fire if they were still there, court documents say.

When Willis got to three, he fired one round, which went through the boyfriend's shoulder and struck the girl in the head, according to the King County Sheriff's Office. The boyfriend called 911 at 1:32 p.m. Deputies said neither suffered life-threatening injuries.

When sheriff's investigators questioned Willis he said that he's not in a gang, but is a former "Juggalo," a nickname for fans of the Detroit-based heavy metal/rap duo Insane Clown Posse. Investigators, in their report, said Willis carried a wallet with the Insane Clown Posse logo embossed on it. Deputies say he also has several tattoos on his neck and arm which are "representative of the Juggalo gang," charging papers said.

Sheriff's Detective Jake Pavlovich wrote in his report that "Juggalo gang members typically wear suits and fedora-style hats to identify themselves as members."

Willis' friend wore a hat and necklace featuring "a running hatchet man," a symbol associated with the Insane Clown Posse and Juggalos, charges said.

Willis was booked at King County Jail for investigation of assault. According to prosecutors, he is being housed in the psychiatric ward at the King County Jail.

Willis' friend, who The Seattle Times is not identifying because he has not been charged, was taken into custody but was not booked into jail.

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December 23, 2010 9:37 AM

Suspect in Federal Way stabbing surrenders

Posted by John de Leon

Federal Way police have arrested a suspect in the stabbing of a 19-year-old woman on Monday evening.

The suspect, an 18-year-old Tacoma woman, turned herself in at the Regional Justice Center in Kent around 9 p.m. Wednesday. She was booked into the King County Jail after declining to give a statement, according to Federal Way police.

Police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said the victim suffered serious, but not life-threatening, injuries in the stabbing around 5 p.m. at at 1800 Southwest 356th Street.

Schrock said the victim and suspect know each other, but the nature of their relationship is unknown.

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December 21, 2010 11:11 AM

Shoreline man critically injured trying to stop car theft

Posted by John de Leon

The King County Sheriff's Office says a 55-year-old Shoreline man is hospitalized in critical condition after he was injured while apparently trying to stop the theft of his SUV last week. The man is in Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and has not regained consciousness since the Friday incident, the Sheriff's Office says.

At about 3 a.m. Friday, a resident of an apartment complex at 15100 Stone Lane North called 911 after hearing someone yelling in the parking lot. She looked outside and saw a man stumble and fall, and then try to crawl off.


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Shoreline police arrived and found the man was bleeding from several injuries. because of his condition he could not tell officers what had happened. The man was naked except for a slipper.

Nearby, police found a 1995 Jeep Cherokee which was registered to the victim. The door lock was punched and there was damage to the ignition, police said.

Detectives believe the victim interrupted an attempt to steal his car and was assaulted or possibly run over by the getaway car. Because of the man's injuries, investigators have not been able to interview him.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call the King County Sheriff's Office at 206-296-3311 (24 hours) or 911.

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December 15, 2010 11:15 AM

Man admits guilt in attack on 81-year-old Rainier Valley woman

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A man who authorities say beat an 81-year-old Rainier Valley woman and assaulted her two neighbors on July 30 pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple criminal counts.

Solomon Xavier Thompson pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault, one count of first-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of custodial assault, prosecutors said. The last charge stemmed from a fight Thompson had with King County Jail staff after his arrest, prosecutors said.

Dan Donohoe, spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, said his office plans to ask for an exceptional sentence when Thompson returns to court to be sentenced on Jan. 14. Prosecutors say Thompson deserves a sentence of 12 years in prison because of his lengthy criminal history and the age of his victims.

The standard sentencing range for the crimes could be anywhere from just over six years to just over eight years in prison, Donohoe said.

According to charges in the case, Thompson made his way into the Rainier Valley woman's home by convincing her that he was a furnace repair man. Once inside, he grabbed the woman by the throat, punched her in the head and tore at the blue bathrobe she was wearing, according to charges.

The woman's next-door neighbor, a 70-year-old woman, heard her screams and came to help, the papers say. The victim passed out just as her neighbor arrived to help.

The neighbor also fought with the man; she suffered a black eye and a bloody nose, according to charging papers. The neighbor's 74-year-old husband, hearing his wife's screams, ran over and confronted Thompson in the front yard. The man wrestled Thompson to the ground and managed to strip the younger man's black coat from his back before Thompson ran off, the papers say.

Police were able to lift fingerprints from a cell phone and other items found in Thompson's coat and identified him. Thompson had been released from the King County Jail four days earlier after serving nearly three weeks for a parole violation, the charging papers say.

The day after the attack, Thompson was booked into the Renton city jail on two unrelated assaults. He was transferred to the King County Jail on Aug. 4 after being tied to the Seattle attack.

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December 14, 2010 3:24 PM

Cabbie charged with ramming man who complained about driving

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A Yellow Cab driver accused of ramming his taxicab into a man who complained about his driving has been charged with second-degree assault in King County Superior Court.

Jack Christy allegedly knocked a man to the ground in Seattle's lower Queen Anne neighborhood on Dec. 5 then drove off, according to charges that were filed on Dec. 8. Christy quickly returned to the scene after a witness dialed 911 to report Christy's cab number and police dispatch, in turn, called Yellow Cab, the charges allege.

Seattle police Detective Timothy DeVore said that Christy reported that the man jumped in front of the cab.

The victim and two of his friends were walking in an alley between Queen Anne Avenue North and First Avenue North around 9 p.m. when they had to jump out of the way of Christy's cab, charging documents said. The group walked up to the cab when it stopped nearby and told Christy to drive more carefully.

Christy, who was eating a piece of pizza when confronted, responded by saying "there are no normal people left in Seattle" and that the only people left are "scum," charges said. Christy, according to charges, then drove off but witnesses say he quickly did a u-turn and sped up toward the victim.

The man jumped into the air just before he was struck and bounced onto the top of the cab before hitting the street, charges said. Two people with the victim witnessed the incident, police said.

When Christy returned to the scene after police contacted Yellow Cab, the victim identified him as the man who rammed him, charges said. The victim was treated by Seattle Fire Department medics.

Christy, 45 of Puyallup, was booked into the King County Jail on Dec. 5 and was released on $35,000 bail the following day, according to jail records.

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December 9, 2010 5:23 PM

Teen convicted of gang shooting accused of assaulting jail guard

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A South King County teen awaiting sentencing for his role in the gang-related shooting of two brothers in Auburn is in hot water with King County Jail staff.

Andrew Archuleta, 17, was arrested in July 2009 in connection with the shootings and was later found guilty of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was prosecuted as an adult.

Archuleta is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 14.

Since he was first booked into the Maleng Regional Justice Center, when his case was transferred to adult court in January, Archuleta has been investigated by jail staff six times for incidents ranging from flooding his cell, to participating in a riot, to tampering with the lock on his door and fighting with corrections staff, according to charging documents.

On Nov. 15, Archuleta participated in "a group demonstration" in which he flooded his cell and the cells of fellow inmates as well as the inmate day room with four-inches of water. The flooding was caused by socks that were shoved into a toilet, according to charging documents filed on Dec. 3.

The charging documents did not say why the inmates staged the demonstration.

When jail officers showed up to move the inmates to another portion of the facility, Archuleta and others "immediately began to suit up in whatever they could improvise to act as armor to protect themselves from pepper spray," charging papers said. Archuleta wrapped his arms in socks and his head in a towel, according to charges. The inmates then allegedly fought with jail staff.

When jail staff pepper sprayed Archuleta, he swung at officers, charges said. He struck Sgt. Kim Snodgrass in the arm, charging papers said.

Archuleta has been charged with third-degree assault in connection with the Nov. 15 incident.

Archuleta was 15 when he shot two brothers, ages 17 and 19, while they were skateboarding in the 1200 block of 30th Street Southeast.

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December 7, 2010 2:57 PM

Renton man jailed for allegedly assaulting sheriff's deputies

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

A 44-year-old Renton area man was booked into the King County Jail on Monday night, after he allegedly assaulted two King County sheriff's deputies while he was high on meth.

Deputies responded to a house in the 16800 block of 188th Avenue Southeast near Renton just before 7 p.m. Monday after receiving a 911 call that the man had assaulted his father, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart. While investigating the domestic-violence incident, the deputies got into an altercation with the man; one deputy was treated and released from the hospital after injuring his shoulder. The second deputy suffered scraped knuckles and ended up with a sore wrist and possible groin injury, Urquhart said.

The assault suspect apparently told deputies he'd been using methamphetamine at the time of the incident, Urquhart said.

The suspect was treated by medics at the scene and booked into jail just before midnight for investigation of assaulting a police officer.

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December 1, 2010 4:31 PM

Woman charged in Skyway boardinghouse shooting

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Ayanna Shamari, the Skyway woman who allegedly shot the operator of her boardinghouse last week, was charged Wednesday with two counts of first-degree assault and one count of first-degree arson.

Shamari, 51, was arrested Friday after turning herself in to police. She was then booked into King County Jail on investigation of first-degree assault and arson for the incident at the home in the 8500 block of South 117th Street.

King County sheriff's detectives say the Shamari shot Lana Bell last Wednesday as Bell was preparing Thanksgiving dinner. Bell, 59, was struck in the abdomen and the head, charging papers said. Bell staggered to a neighbor's house for help, charging papers said.

Bell survived and identified Shamari to investigators, prosecutors said.

After the shooting, Shamari allegedly set fire to her second-floor bedroom, either just before or after the shooting, the sheriff's office said.


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December 1, 2010 2:21 PM

California or bust for pen-wielding assault suspect

Posted by John de Leon

There has got to be a better way to borrow money.

Seattle police arrested a 27-year-old woman Wednesday morning after she tried to stab a man, assaulted a woman and then punched a security guard.

According to police, the woman walked into a coffee shop near Third Avenue South and South Jackson Street around 10:45 a.m. and tried to stab a man who was seated at a table. Her weapon of choice, according to police, was a pen. The woman also threw down a note on the table indicating that she needed money to return to California.

The victim suffered a scrape to his neck.


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The woman then walked outside, where she encountered another woman who was walking along the sidewalk. The pen-wielding woman showed the same note to the other woman and tried to steal her purse from her shoulder.

A couple of parking enforcement officers saw the two women struggling and intervened. They were able to get the would-be thief on the ground, but not before she before she clocked a security guard who came over to assist.

The woman was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault and investigation of robbery.

It seems her return trip to California has been put on hold indefinitely.

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November 27, 2010 8:47 AM

Several people assaulted in melee at Seattle nightclub

Posted by John de Leon

Several people were treated for injuries after a fight broke out early Saturday morning at a nightclub in the 100 block of South Horton Street, Seattle police say.

Police said a fight erupted in the club at about 2 a.m. The club manager told police someone then dispersed at least one can of chemical mace. Several people were assaulted, including one man who was knocked unconscious, police said.


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About 15 police officers were called in to quell the disturbance after 600 to 700 people spilled into the street. The Seattle Fire Department was called to the scene to treat club patrons for exposure to the mace and injuries from the various assaults.

A police account of the incident did not name the cluib. But the fire department's 911 log lists the address as 110 S. Horton St., where Studio Seven is located.

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November 23, 2010 11:41 AM

North Bend man arrested in knife attack on brother

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A North Bend man was booked into the King County Jail on Monday for investigation of first-degree assault after authorities say he slashed his older brother with a folding knife during an argument.

The 30-year-old man slashed his 31-year-old brother in the chest, leaving a deep, six-inch long cut, said King County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart. The attack occurred in a parking lot in the 42900 block of Southeast North Bend Way about 1:10 p.m.

North Bend police and sheriff's deputies responded to the scene, Urquhart said. The suspect was arrested in a wooded area nearby.

The 31-year-old victim was taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue for treatment, Urquhart said.

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November 22, 2010 3:00 PM

UPDATE: SWAT officers fatally shoot man on North Beacon Hill

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

Three Seattle police SWAT officers fatally shot an armed man in a parked car Monday afternoon on North Beacon Hill, according to police.

Speaking to reporters from the scene, Deputy Police Chief Nick Metz, said that a passer-by called 911 at 2:25 p.m. to report a man slumped over the steering wheel of his car that was parked in the 1400 block of South Atlantic Street. Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Sue Stangl said that paramedics responded to the scene for a 911 call regarding a man who was possibly ill in a car.

Metz said the firefighters tried to get the man to open the vehicle door, but he refused.
When a firefighter finally got the door opened, the man pulled out a handgun, said Metz. He said that the firefighters backed off and took cover as police were summonded.

SWAT officers responded. The man "still had the weapon in his hand," and the SWAT officers "ordered several times for him to drop the weapon," he said.

The man, described as being in his mid-20s, apparently "jockeyed the car," as if to drive away, Metz said.

"At one point he raised the gun in a direction the officers took as threatening" and all three SWAT officers fired multiple shots, Metz said. The man was declared dead at the scene, he said.

Based on what the man told firefighters, Metz said the man "may have been suicidal."

All three officers have been placed on routine administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, Metz said.


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November 22, 2010 11:07 AM

UPDATE: Man killed with hatchet near Seattle U.

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

UPDATE at 7:09 p.m.: Police now say the weapon used in the attack was a hatchet.

A man was hit in the head with what witnesses described as a pick ax in an alley just after 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to Seattle police. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A witness called 911 at 10:37 a.m. to report that a man, who was walking south in the 1400 block of East Union Street, a few blocks east of Seattle University, had been attacked by another man, said police spokeswoman Renee Witt. The man suspected of hitting the victim was seen in the wearing all black, she said.


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Officers arrived at the scene and took a suspect into custody, Witt said. Witt said homicide detectives responded to the scene.

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November 19, 2010 4:29 PM

Two wounded in drug-related gunfight in Renton

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

Two men were wounded and a third was arrested in connection with an apparent drug-related gunfight in Renton Friday afternoon.

Several people called 911 around 12:20 p.m. after hearing several gunshots and screams to call police, said Terri Vickers, a spokeswoman for Renton police. When officers arrived in the 10400 block of Southeast 174th Street, they found a 30-year-old man with life-threatening injuries from a gunshot wound to the leg, she said.

The man, who also suffered a grazing bullet wound to the chest, was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle in critical condition, Vickers said.

Officers learned that a second gunshot victim, a 28-year-old man, had been driven by friends to Valley Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, according to Vickers.
Police arrested a 35-year-old Renton man on investigation of assault. A handgun was recovered from the scene, along with shell casings from a number of weapons, Vickers said.

"We think there were multiple guns and we think there were multiple shooters," Vicker said, but added that police aren't looking for any other suspects. The role of the gunshot victims in the gunfight is under investigation, she said.

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November 13, 2010 8:39 AM

Man stabbed early Saturday outside Seattle theater

Posted by John de Leon

A man suffered what police are calling non-life-threatening injuries when he was stabbed outside a rave early Saturday morning.

Police responded to a report of a stabbing in the 2100 block of Sixth Avenue at 2:24 a.m. The victim had been inside a theater when he went outside and was stabbed once in the side by another man. The assailant fled north on Sixth Avenue before police arrived.

The Seattle Fire Department took the victim to Harborview Medical Center.

Officers are trying to determine the identity of the suspect, according to police. A police account offered no description of the man.

The police write-up of the incident didn't name the theater, but the fire department's 911 log shows it was the King Cat Theater, 2130 Sixth Ave., which hosted an event Friday night.


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November 10, 2010 12:03 PM

Charges: Violence erupts at victims of violent crime fundraiser

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A Seattle biker who allegedly pummeled a White Center man at a fundraiser for victims of violent crime earlier this year has been charged with second-degree assault, according to charging paperwork filed in King County Superior Court.

Victor Griffith, 54, is accused of starting a fight Feb. 20 inside the Barrel Tavern, 11051 1st Ave. S., after the victim made a derogatory comment about Griffith's father, according to charging documents. Griffith, who prosecutors said is member of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club, grabbed the victim by his ponytail and the two fell to the floor.

Other Bandidos kicked the victim in the back, head and groin, charges said.

The victim's wife told deputies that her husband had been attacked by members of the Bandidos and the Amigos Motorcycle Club. She could identify them by their "colors," charges said.

The victim suffered eye injuries and a concussion, deputies said.

Deputies say that the Apple Dumpling Gang, another motorcycle club, was hosting a fundraiser for victims of violent crime at the Burien bar that night.

Sheriff's Detective Jon Holland interviewed Griffith after the fight and did not arrest him because of a lack of evidence. Holland continued to gather evidence and the assault charge was filed on Nov. 4. In charging documents, King County Deputy Prosecutor Samantha Kanner requested a warrant for his arrest.

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November 3, 2010 8:38 AM

Man assaulted, robbed while waiting at bus shelter

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police arrested a 27-year-old man Tuesday night after he allegedly robbed and assaulted another man at a bus shelter.

Police responded to the 6200 block of Rainier Avenue South just before 11:30 p.m. for a report of an armed robbery. The victim told officers he was waiting at a bus shelter when a man robbed him and knifepoint and then struck him.


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A suspect was tracked down and detained at 46th Avenue South and South Warsaw Street. The victim positively identified the suspect as the robber, and he was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery.

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October 29, 2010 5:49 PM

Man stabbed in downtown Seattle; suspect sought

Posted by John de Leon

UPDATE: Police say the stabbing victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Seattle police are investigating a stabbing in the 300 block of Second Avenue Extended South.


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At about 5:25 p.m.,officers responded to the location and found a man who had been stabbed. Fire department medics are on scene treated the man.

The assailant is described as a black man, 35-40 years old, who was wearing a tan puffy jacket with black sleeves.

Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 911.

We'll update this post as soon as we have more information.

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October 26, 2010 4:58 PM

Man shot at Second and Pike; suspect in custody

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporters Carly Flandro and Sara Jean Green:

A man has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after he was shot Tuesday afternoon at Second Avenue and Pike Street, according to Seattle police. A suspect was arrested a short time later.

A hot dog vendor, who gave his name only as Jacob W., 28, said he was working the Gourmet Dog Japon stand, when he heard a scuffle behind him. When he turned to look he saw a man shoot another man. The victim fell forward as the gunman ran off.

The victim is a 31-year-old man, Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said.

Police received a 911 call reporting shots fired at the intersection at 4:42 p.m. and began a search of the area. Kappel said officers located the suspect in the 100 block of Pine Street, about a block from the shooting scene. He said officers also recovered a handgun.

A motive for the shooting was not immediately known.

The suspect is being interviewed by detectives, Kappel said.

The victim is being treated at Harborview Medical Center. Gary Bover, who was working at the Turf restaurant across the street from the shooting scene, said the victim was apparently shot in the forehead.

Mike Pribbenow said he was inside the Happy Salmon gift store at 111 Pike Street when he heard a loud bang. When he went outside to investigate he saw a man lying on the sidewalk surrounded by people.


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October 20, 2010 4:39 PM

Man accused of punching cop charged with unrelated assault

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A Lynnwood man who was arrested Monday after Seattle police said he punched an undercover cop has been charged with an unrelated assault on a homeless man.

Alexei Selivanoff, 18, was charged Tuesday with second-degree assault for an attack that left a 50-year-old man in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center. The victim has recovered and was able to identify his attacker through a photo montage, police said.

Selivanoff is being held at the King County Jail on $200,000 bail for allegedly punching the West Precinct Anti-Crime Team officer. He has not been charged in connection with Monday's attack on the officer.

According to charges filed in the earlier attack:

Selivanoff approached the 50-year-old man outside a McDonald's restaurant at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Pine Street just after 8 p.m. on Aug. 19. According to images captured on a security camera outside Macy's, the two spoke before the victim walked away, charging papers said.

According to the video, Selivanoff approached the man and an unidentified woman pushed the 50-year-old. Selivanoff then punched the man in the head and the man fell to the ground, landing in the roadway. Police say the man struck his head on the ground, charges said.

Witnesses moved the victim onto the sidewalk. Selivanoff, the woman and others ran away, charging papers said. Seattle police were called and they obtained the video, which helped them identify Selivanoff, police said. He was arrested about a block away just before 10 that night, charging papers said.

Under questioning by police, Selivanoff told officers that he struck the man to defend a woman, charging papers said. Selivanoff was released from jail shortly after the attack.

When Seattle police filed the report with King County Prosecutor's Office on Sept. 7, Detective Steve Kilburg requested that Selivanoff be charged with felony assault and that a warrant be issued for his arrest.

Deputy Prosecutor Samantha Kanner filed the felony charge on Tuesday.

Dan Donohoe, spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, said on Wednesday that there was an almost six-week delay between when police filed the report and the announcement of charges because his prosecutors were reviewing the case. "We file thousands of cases each year, we work hard to file cases quickly and accurately," Donohoe said. "It was rush filed on Tuesday because it needed to be filed."

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October 18, 2010 9:24 AM

UPDATE: Man convicted of shooting at Seattle police officer

Posted by John de Leon

UPDATE: To read the charging papers in this case, click here.

An 18-year-old Seattle man has been convicted of two charges for firing a random gunshot at a Seattle police officer in February. The officer was not hit.

Mario Humphries was convicted on Friday of one count of second-degree assault with an aggravating factor and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office.

Humphries shot at the officer as he was driving his patrol car at 1:04 a.m. on Feb. 7 in the 5900 block of Rainier Avenue South. The officer told police that he saw Humphries "raise his arm and aim at him in a common shooting position," according to charging papers. The gunshot did not hit the patrol car.

The officer pulled around the block and called for additional units. Officers stopped two men at Rainier and South Mead Street. The officer who was fired upon positively identified one as the shooter.

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October 17, 2010 9:36 AM

Woman arrested for assault at hot dog stand

Posted by John de Leon

A woman was arrested early Sunday morning after she allegedly punched a man at a hot dog stand, Seattle police said.

At about 1 a.m., police working the "Operation Safe Streets" detail saw a disturbance next to a hot dog stand at First Avenue and Blanchard Street. The victim, a Canadian citizen, told the officers that he was standing in line when a woman in her mid-20s and some of her friends cut in front of him. This sparked an argument that ended when the woman punched the man in the right eye.


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Witnesses identified the suspect and she was arrested and booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault.

The victim was taken to Harborview Medical Center. According to police, he had recently received a cornea transplant to his right eye. He told police that when he was punched he heard a "pop" and he immediately became blinded in the eye. The victim feared he might lose vision in his right eye because of the punch.

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October 15, 2010 7:06 PM

Woman fights off attacker in Sammamish, sheriff's office says

Posted by Cathy McLain

From Times staff reporter Sean Collins Walsh

A woman jogger successfully fought off a man who assaulted her in Sammamish on Friday, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

The woman told deputies she was sitting on a bench at about 1 p.m. on a trail near Evans Creek Preserve in Sammamish County when the man drove a blue truck up to her, according to Sgt. John Urquhart, spokesman for the King County Sheriff's Office.

The woman told deputies the suspect attempted to drag her away -- either into the vehicle or into nearby bushes -- but that she fought him off, and he drove away, Urquhart said.

The sheriff's office will release a sketch of the suspect in the coming days, Urquhart said.

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October 14, 2010 4:52 PM

Police: Cold War rekindled in Bellevue assault

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A Southern California man was arrested at gunpoint in Bellevue last week after police say he punched a man because of his dislike for "Communist Russia."

Marvin Caal was arrested near downtown Bellevue on Oct. 7 and later charged with fourth-degree assault and malicious harassment, the state's hate crime statute. Police say that Caal has been living in a homeless camp near a Whole Foods store.

According to police, Caal confronted a 38-year-old man who asked him to move so he could park his car. Caal cursed at the man, charged the vehicle and leaned inside the window, saying that "he hated blue-eyed Russian [expletive]," charging papers said. The victim was then punched in the face; he responded by spraying Caal with pepper spray. Caal then ran away.

Court charging documents do not say whether the victim was Russian.

Bellevue police located Caal in the 1300 block of 116th Avenue Northeast and Officer Matt Trizuto held him at gunpoint, charging papers said. The victim was brought to the location and identified Caal as his attacker, police said.

Caal was arrested and told police that he was sorry for what he did but explained that he had concerns about Russians because he grew up in the Reagan Era. Caal then told police he had been drinking that day, charging papers said.

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October 14, 2010 1:59 PM

Two charged in attack that left victim with brain injury

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Two men accused of punching and kicking a stranger on Delridge Way Southwest during an armed robbery on Sept. 26, leaving the victim with a brain injury, have been charged with first-degree robbery.

Jahvarae Williams, 18, and Eric Thomas-Smith, 17, are facing King County Superior Court charges. Thomas-Smith, a juvenile, is being prosecuted as an adult.

According to the charges filed on Monday, the victim was walking home from Delridge Market, at Delridge Way Southwest and Southwest Brandon Street, around 11 p.m. when a stranger approached and asked him for a cigarette. The man provided the stranger with a cigarette and kept walking, the man then asked to borrow his phone. The man said no.

The victim told Seattle police that he heard footsteps behind him and when he turned to look, he saw the man he had given a cigarette to and a second man, charging papers said. The second man demanded that he turn over his cell phone. The men confronted him and reached into his coat, charges said.

Thomas-Smith punched the man twice, causing the victim to fall, charging papers said. Williams then kicked and punched the man. The suspects fled with the man's phone and wallet, charges said.

According to police, the victim suffered a brain injury in the attack.

When police responded to a Denny's restaurant at 14821 1st Ave. S. two days later for a report of a "food theft" they encountered Williams. In addition to being accused of stealing food from the restaurant, Williams had the victim's cell phone on him. The victim's name was inscribed on the back of the mobile device, charging papers said.

Police said they asked Williams about the name and he said the phone was purchased by his grandmother's boyfriend. When officers showed the victim a photo of Williams he identified him as one of the two men who attacked him, charging papers said.

Williams identified a man named "Eric" or "Loco" as participating in the attack, charges said. Police tracked Thomas-Smith down and he denied being the man they were looking for. He said his name was "Christopher," charging papers said.

Once at police headquarters, the man revealed his true identity and said he had just spent 11 months at a state juvenile prison for a burglary conviction, charging papers said. The victim in the Delridge attack identified Thomas-Williams as his attacker, police said.

Authorities said that Williams is severely mentally impaired and released him to his aunt and uncle.

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October 14, 2010 5:42 AM

Police track down suspect in Oct. 2 assault, robbery

Posted by John de Leon

Seattle police on Wednesday apprehended one of three suspects believed to have been involved in the assault and robbery of another man earlier this month.

At about 2 a.m. on Oct. 2, the 42-year-old victim was leaving a convenience store at 20th Avenue West and West Dravus Street when he asked a group of men outside to turn down their car stereo. A short distance away, at 21st Avenue West and Thorndyke Avenue West, the three men drove up and surrounded the victim, police said. One man armed with a knife confronted the victim. The men knocked him to the ground and kicked and struck him several times.

The men stole the items the victim had just purchased from the convenience store. Police said the victim suffered bruises and a sore back.


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Robbery detectives were able to learn the identity of one suspect. He was arrested at about 1 p.m. Wednesday. The 22-year-old Seattle man was interviewed and released pending further investigation.

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October 13, 2010 3:19 PM

Man charged with punching developmentally disabled man

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

NOTE: DUE TO AN EDITING ERROR, AN EARLIER VERSION OF THIS POST SAID THE DEFENDANT PLEADED GUILTY. THE POST HAS BEEN UPDATED TO INDICATE HE PLEADED NOT GUILTY.

A Seattle man who has been arrested more than 50 times in the past 14 years has been accused of attacking a developmentally disabled man after both men got off a Metro bus last month.

Raymel Curry, 32, pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault during his arraignment on Wednesday. He is being held at the King County Jail on $250,000 bail, according to King County prosecutors.

Witnesses told police that Curry, who is black, was loudly "rapping" threats against whites while riding a bus from downtown Seattle to the Rainier Valley on Sept. 17. Several other riders moved away from Curry, the charges say. When the victim didn't move away, Curry cursed at him and threatened to beat him, the charges say.

The victim, who is Asian, got off the bus at Rainier Avenue South and South McClellan Street. Curry followed and punched the man in the face, charging papers said. The force of the blow caused the victim to strike his head on a nearby window ledge before he struck his head on the ground. The attack was captured by a surveillance camera on the bus, charges said.

The victim suffered a broken jaw and other facial and head injuries in the attack. His family told police that he is developmentally disabled and that his mental condition has been deteriorating over the past several years, charges said.

Seattle police were unable to find Curry after the attack. Police identified him as the suspect in the case after showing witnesses the victim and the bus driver a photo montage, the charges allege.

Police arrested Curry on Sept. 25 as he was leaving the Bad Monkey Bar and Grill in Kent. When investigators asked Curry why he punched the man he said it was for "the most frivolous reason," charging papers said. Curry then refused to answer any other questions; he pretended that he was asleep, police said.

According to court charging paperwork, Curry has been booked into the King County Jail 54 times since 1996 and been sought on 26 arrest warrants.

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October 11, 2010 10:39 PM

Woman jogger attacked at Seattle's Seward Park

Posted by Cathy McLain

From Times staff reporter Carly Flandro

A 55-year-old woman was attacked by a man Monday night while jogging on a wooded trail in Seward Park.

The incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. when the woman saw the man, talked to him and continued on her way, according to the Seattle Police Department. The man then grabbed the woman and threw her to the ground, punching her several times.

The woman fought back, and the man ran off into the park.

The woman noted he was armed with a knife.

Officers responded. As of late Monday, the man was still at large.

The woman was transported to a hospital for her injuries.

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October 11, 2010 4:00 PM

Issaquah officer dragged by car during traffic stop

Posted by John de Leon

A man was arrested in Issaquah after he tried to drive away from a traffic stop and dragged a police officer with his car for about 100 feet.

At about 9:40 a.m. Monday, an Issaquah police sergeant and a motorcycle officer pulled over a man wanted on an out-of-state felony warrant near the 700 block of state Highway 900. The sergeant approached the driver from the driver's side of his vehicle. The man refused to get out and a struggle ensued, police said.

The man then turned the vehicle back on, and started to drive away, dragging the sergeant for about 100 feet, according to police.

The vehicle got stuck in an open field, where both the sergeant and motorcycle officer were able to arrest the 27-year-old man. He was booked into King County Jail for the outstanding warrant from Utah as well as second degree-assault in connection with Monday's incident.

The sergeant was treated at Overlake Hospital Medical Center and released. The motorcycle officer and suspect were not injured, police said.

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October 5, 2010 11:43 AM

High school students suspected of Federal Way shooting

Posted by John de Leon

Federal Way police have arrested two high school students in connection with the shooting early Sunday of two men in Federal Way.

A group of men had gathered near the 33900 block of 19th Avenue South when a man believed to be about 18 years old approached the group at 1:18 a.m. Sunday and began shooting, Federal Way police said. Two men, ages 20 and 24, suffered non-life-threatening wounds.

According to police, the suspects are students of Federal Way's Decatur High School, where they were arrested Tuesday morning. One is 17 and the other is 18. The adult suspect will be booked into the King County Jail and the 17-year-old will be booked into the King County Juvenile Detention Facility, both for investigation of first-degree assault.

There is no known connection between the victims and the suspects, police said.

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September 23, 2010 5:48 AM

Suspect arrested after stabbing in International District

Posted by John de Leon

A man was arrested early Thursday morning after he stabbed another male near Seventh Avenue South and South Jackson Street, Seattle police said.

At approximately 12:04 a.m., officers responded to a report of a stabbing. The victim, who suffered a stab wound to the chest, was taken to Harborview Medical Center with what police described as life-threatening injuries.

A man was taken into custody and officers recovered a knife.

A police account of the incident gave no other details.


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September 21, 2010 2:44 PM

Police seek two men charged in alleged hate crime attack

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Jennifer Sullivan:

Two men have been charged in connection with the May 25 assault of a 16-year-old West Seattle boy who said he was attacked by two men who made racially charged statements. The men remain at large.

Seattle police are searching for Ahmed Mohamed and Jonathan Baquiring in connection with the attack, according to charging paperwork filed this week in King County Superior Court. Once the two men are arrested prosecutors plan to ask that they remain in jail on $500,000 bail, charging papers said.

The attack occurred near 14th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Holden Street. Police have been investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.

The victim, Shane McClellan, said he was walking home around 2 a.m. when two men, one black and one Filipino, asked him for a light.

They then robbed him and beat him for four hours, whipping him with his own belt while saying things like, "How do you like it, white boy?" and "This is for enslaving our people," according to the police report.

McClellan, who is white, said the two men also poured Four Loko energy beer on him, burned him with a lit cigarette and urinated on him, police said.

The officer who took the report went to the scene of the beating near Southwest Holden Street and 14th Avenue Southwest, police said. There, Officer Ryan Blake found blood, discarded Four Loko cans and fresh cigarette butts, which he took into evidence.

A short time later, while returning to the precinct, Blake saw two men, described as a black man and a Filipino man, who appeared to be trying to conceal an open can, according to police.

When he stopped to talk to the two men, he noted they had dried blood on their hands, were drinking the same brand of energy beer and smoking the same brand of cigarettes he'd found earlier.

After Blake talked with his supervisor, it was decided that he should get good contact information on the two but not take them into custody. But before releasing the two men, Blake used cotton swabs to capture DNA from the blood on their hands, charging paperwork said.

On June 4, police showed McClellan photo montages with the hope of identifying his attackers. McClellan pointed out photos of Mohamed and Baquiring. Baquiring, 21, is Asian American and Mohamed, 22, is black, according to charging papers.

On Sept. 8, Seattle police received a report from the State Patrol Crime Laboratory and were told that swabs taken from both men's hands matched McClellan's DNA, charging papers said. The two men were charged on Monday with first-degree robbery and malicious harassment, the state's hate crime statute.

Tim McClellan, the victim's father, said the charges prove that his son did not make up the attack, as some had suggested.

"I try not to worry too much about what other people think," he said Tuesday afternoon. "But I was upset about some of the things people were saying; calling him a liar, saying there was more to the story, saying he hadn't told the whole truth, or that it was a drug deal gone wrong. I know my son and I believed him the whole time."

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September 15, 2010 4:26 PM

Woman, two men ordered held in Auburn beating

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A woman and two men accused of beating a homeless man so badly that he wound up in a coma appeared before a King County judge on Wednesday and ordered held on bail.

The three were identified in an Auburn police report as: Deonte Rasul-Chiono, 18, Shaquana Jefferson, 19, and Andrew Tigner-Norman, 19. All three were arrested Tuesday by Auburn police for investigation of assault.

Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor's Office, said that Thursday is the deadline for criminal charges to be filed in the case.

According to Auburn police: Officers were called to the 2200 block of I Street Northeast shortly after midnight Tuesday for a reported fight. Police found a man laying in the street with cuts to his face and other wounds to his head, the police report said.

Witnesses told police that they saw a man dressed in a red shirt and black pants jump on the wounded man's head, the report said. A second person was seen kicking the victim and stomping on this head, police said. The suspects were then seen driving away in a gold sedan that had a flat tire.

Police stopped a car matching the description of the suspect's car in the 3800 block of Auburn Way South. A witness identified Rasul-Chiono as the man who jumped on the victim's head; police said they found cuts on Tigner-Norman's hand and blood on his shirt. Police believe that Jefferson kicked the victim in the head, the report said.

A judge on Wednesday ordered Rasul-Chiono held on $200,000 bail, Jefferson on $75,000 bail and Tigner-Norman on $40,000, Donohoe said.

All three suspects denied being involved in the beating.

Details of the wounded man's injuries were not released by police. Police would only say that the man was in a coma when he was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He has since been released.

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August 30, 2010 7:20 PM

UPDATE: Man accused of shooting at day laborers at Home Depot

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

UPDATE: A report from Bellevue police on Tuesday said the man used an Airsoft gun in the attack. The gun shoots pellets.

A 25-year-old camera salesman was arrested Sunday afternoon after police say he randomly shot at a group of day laborers in the parking lot of a Bellevue Home Depot store. No one was injured.

Just before 1 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Home Depot at 325 120th Ave. N.E. after someone reported that shots had been fired, according to the Bellevue police report.


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At least three men told officers that a man wearing a red T-shirt and driving a green Ford Explorer had sped off after firing shots at the group of day laborers, the report says. No one was hit. "None of the witnesses could pinpoint any one person who the shots were being fired at, but the entire crowd agreed that they were in fear of being shot," the report says.

An officer went into the Best Buy next to the Home Depot parking lot and interviewed employees, who identified the driver as a camera vendor who had worked in the store that day, the report says. Employees saw him leave the store just before 1 p.m.

Soon after leaving the store, the man "called the store and was reportedly nervous, made an excuse about a family emergency, and left in a hurry, asking the employees to hold onto his property for him," the report says.

The officer called the man on his cell phone and convinced him to return to the scene, where he was identified by witnesses as the person who had shot at the day laborers. The man's vehicle also matched their description.

The man was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of first-degree assault and is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

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August 30, 2010 10:55 AM

West Seattle man competent to stand trial in unprovoked attack

Posted by John de Leon

A King County judge on Monday found a 23-year-old Seattle man competent to stand trial for first-degree assault for allegedly beating and stabbing a woman who was walking with her 9-year-old daughter in West Seattle in April.

Prosecutors allege that Marcus Allen Combs attacked the 40-year-old woman without provocation.

The woman and her 9-year-old daughter were walking on a sidewalk just after 3:30 p.m. April 23 when Combs grabbed the victim from behind and pulled her to the ground, the probable-cause statement says. Combs "began to beat her with his fists and stomp on her with his feet," according to the statement. "He then pulled out a knife and stabbed [the victim] 15 times in her body and head."

A woman who was driving by stopped to intervene and Combs ran away, the statement says. The driver and two other women who were walking in the area followed Combs to his house in the 6300 block of 29th Avenue Southwest, and were able to point it out to police officers, the statement says.

Combs eventually came out of his house and was arrested, the statement says.

The victim was treated at Harborview Medical Center and released that same day.

The victim told police that she does not know Combs.

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August 25, 2010 2:31 PM

Woman in jaywalking incident agrees to community service

Posted by John de Leon

A 19-year-old Seattle woman charged with obstructing a Seattle police officer during the highly publicized jaywalking incident near Franklin High School in June will perform 24 hours of community service as part of an agreement with the City Attorney's Office.

Marilyn E. Levias entered into a dispositional sentence with prosecutors, which means the gross misdemeanor will be dismissed in a year if she has no new criminal law violations and completes community service. A separate jaywalking infraction was dismissed as part of the agreement on the obstruction charge, according to a news release from the city.

A third-degree assault charge is still pending in King County Juvenile Court against Angel L. Rosenthal, Levias' 17-year-old friend, who tried to intervene when police Officer Ian P. Walsh attempted to arrest Levias for jaywalking. Walsh is shown on the video punching Rosenthal after she pushes the officer.

Rosenthal later apologized to Walsh, who accepted the apology.

The incident prompted the Seattle Police Department to order an internal investigation into Walsh's conduct. A department spokesman had initially said the officer acted appropriately.

According to police, Walsh, working in a patrol car, saw several people jaywalking on Martin Luther King Jr. Way South, just south of Rainier Avenue South, despite a nearby pedestrian overpass. Walsh tried to stop a group of females when one woman, later identified as Levias, began walking away, according to an incident report.

Walsh told Levias she must identify herself so he could issue her a citation or she would face arrest for obstruction, the report said. Levias continued to walk away, prompting Walsh to grab her upper arm with his right hand, the report said.

At that point, Levias said something like "get the [expletive] off me," tensed her body and began to resist, the report said.

Walsh placed her upper body on the hood of his patrol car in trying to handcuff her. Levias began twisting around and pulled away, ignoring Walsh's command to stop resisting as she continued to struggle with him.

While Walsh tried to handcuff Levias, Rosenthal approached Walsh, grabbing and pushing him. Walsh responded by punching Rosenthal.

Levias was arrested for obstructing an officer, a gross misdemeanor. Rosenthal was arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault on an officer, a felony.

During the incident, a hostile crowd of onlookers gathered and appeared to be cheering Levias and Rosenthal, the police report said.

Neither Levias nor Rosenthal is a student at Franklin. There is no record that Rosenthal ever attended Seattle Public Schools, a district spokeswoman said. Levias is a graduate of the district's Interagency Academy, an alternative program, according to the district. She received her diploma in February.

The incident happened just as Mayor Mike McGinn was nearing a decision on a new permanent chief. He eventually selected John Diaz.

It also came as the department was conducting a criminal investigation into the actions of two other officers who were caught on videotape April 17 kicking a prone Latino man, with one using ethnically inflammatory language.

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August 22, 2010 10:01 AM

Seattle police seek back-stabbing party guest

Posted by John de Leon

A man who was kicked out of a party stabbed another man in the back early Sunday morning, police said.

At about 3:30 a.m., police responded to a report of a stabbing in the 4600 block of South Henderson Street. The assailant, described as a 25-year-old man, was being escorted from the party when he pulled out a knife and stabbed the victim in the back. The suspect then left in a dark-colored SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer.


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Seattle Fire Department medics treated the victim, 30, at the scene. He was then taken to Harborview Medical Center.

Officers found a knife at the scene.

A police account of the incident did not provide a description of the suspect.

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August 19, 2010 9:18 AM

Man arrested for punching woman in downtown Seattle

Posted by John de Leon

A 27-year-old man was arrested for investigation of assault early Thursday morning after he punched a woman in the 100 block of Blanchard Street.


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According to police, the woman and some friends were standing on the sidewalk in front of a business around 2 a.m. when the man walked over to the woman and struck her on the top of her head with a closed fist. The man then walked away.

Police were summoned and quickly located and arrested the man. The victim declined medical attention, police said. The motive behind the assault is unknown. Police say the man did not know the victim or her friends.

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August 12, 2010 6:00 AM

Argument between ex-roommates turns violent

Posted by John de Leon

This may be why they're former roommates.

Two men were hospitalized Wednesday evening after a fight during a house party, according to Seattle police.

Just after 6:30 p.m., police responded to a house in the 7500 block of 45th Avenue South for a report of a fight that had erupted during the party. The fight had been broken up by the time officers arrived, but they found two men suffering from non-life-threatening injuries.


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An argument between the two men -- the 40-year-old renter of the home and his 39-year-old former roommate -- had turned violent, police said. The 39-year-old bashed his ex-roommate on the head with a beer bottle, police said. The older man then retrieved a knife and and slashed the other man on the head and arm.

Seattle Fire Department medics took both men to area hospitals, where they were each placed under guard, police said. Once they're released, police said they would be booked into the King County Jail for investigation of assault.

Police say -- wait for it -- alcohol appears to have been a factor in the incident.

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August 9, 2010 9:16 AM

Witness becomes assault suspect when he cold-cocks vandal

Posted by John de Leon

A 25-year-old man was arrested Sunday morning after he assaulted a man who is suspected of vandalizing the building where the suspect lives.

According to Seattle police, the victim -- described as "very intoxicated'' -- was walking toward the ferry terminal at Colman Dock around 11 a.m., banging on cars and hitting items. At one point, the victim is believed to have broken a large plate-glass window in the building where the suspect lives, police said. The suspect witnessed the incident, police said.

The suspect walked out of the building, approached the victim and struck him on the head, police said. The victim was knocked cold. The suspect then kicked the victim several times.

Police arrested the suspect a short distance from the incident.

The victim is being treated at a hospital, police said. The extent of his injuries were not immediately known.

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August 4, 2010 1:28 PM

Off-duty cop wrestles with armed man near Post Alley

Posted by John de Leon

An off-duty Seattle police officer wrestled with and arrested an armed suspect Wednesday morning near Pike Place Market.

At about 9:18 a.m., the off-duty officer was working in the Pike Place Market when he heard a call on his radio reporting a fight between a security guard and a suspect.

The security guard had spotted the suspect, later identified as a 36-year-old man, enter Post Alley from Stewart Street to conduct an apparent drug deal. The security guard confronted the man as he left the alley and the man struck the security guard with a cane.

As the two men struggled, the suspect threatened to kill the guard and reached into his backpack to pull out a .45-caliber handgun, police said. The off-duty officer arrived and both he and the security guard prevented the suspect from pulling out the gun. The suspect was then arrested.

Police said the officer found the handgun as well as drugs on the suspect.The handgun had been reported stolen earlier in the morning during a car prowl in the 700 block of First Avenue, police said.

The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail on numerous charges, including Investigation of assault, Investigation of harassment, weapons violations and several outstanding warrants.

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August 3, 2010 5:47 PM

Seattle police ID suspect in attack on elderly woman

Posted by Cathy McLain

From Times staff reporter Jill Kimball

Seattle police have identified the man who allegedly attacked an elderly woman at her home on South Ryan Street on Friday.

On Tuesday, detectives got word that the man was in custody in another jurisdiction on unrelated charges. They are now putting together their case and readying it for the King County Prosecutor's Office.

The man, described as in his early 20s or late teens, knocked on the elderly woman's door in the Rainier Beach neighborhood at about 10 a.m. Friday. When the woman answered, the man immediately began attacking her.

He struck her with his fists, knocking her to the ground and injuring her. Two neighbors, a man and a woman, heard her cries and ran to help her. Together, the three of them fought the man, removing his jacket as he fled.

The female victim was treated at the scene by Seattle Fire Department Medics and transported to Harborview Medical Center for further emergency care.

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August 3, 2010 3:03 PM

Teens facing assault charge in Renton shooting

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Two Renton teens have been charged with first-degree assault after police say they shot and wounded a man in Renton last month. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Cameron Ellis, 18, and Jalen Day, a 17-year-old who is being charged as an adult, allegedly shot into a crowd of unarmed men on July 18, according to charging paperwork filed in King County Superior Court. Nick Nguyen, 39, was shot in the chest and survived his wound, police said.

According to Renton police: Nguyen and four other men had just left Diamond Lil's Casino, 364 Renton Center Way S.W. just before 3:30 a.m. when they were approached by Ellis and Day.

Ellis and Day asked the five men for money, according to charging documents. When the men turned them down, gunshots were fired, charging documents said. One of the five men with Nguyen told police that he saw Ellis firing into the air.

Day told police that he bought the gun used in the shooting several months prior to the incident, charging papers said. Day is also accused of shooting several rounds that night as well, police said.

King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Dana Cashman wrote in charging paperwork that Ellis and Day had been drinking alcohol earlier in the evening.

Day has a prior conviction for assault and drug possession, Ellis has convictions for minor in possession of alcohol.

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July 19, 2010 5:45 PM

UPDATE: More details from Sunday's shooting in Renton

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Christine Clarridge:

UPDATE: Renton police have released more details from Sunday's shooting that left one man hospitalized in critical condition and resulted in the arrest of a teenage boy.

Police said the 39-year-old Des Moines man was shot after he and a group of friends turned down a teen who had asked them for money.

Renton police spokeswoman Terri Vickers said the Des Moines man was walking with four of his friends when the 17-year-old Renton teen and a friend approached the five adults and asked for money. The larger group refused.

A short time later, according to police, the 39-year-old man was shot several times around 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Southwest Langston Road.

The victim did not know the shooter, Vickers said. The 17-year-old was booked into the King County juvenile detention center Sunday night for investigation of felony assault.


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Here's the original report:

-- From Times staff reporter Sara Jean Green:

A 39-year-old man was critically wounded early Sunday after he was shot by a 17-year-old Renton boy, according to Renton police.

There is no indication the man and the teen knew each other, said police spokeswoman Terri Vickers. She couldn't say what might have prompted the 3:27 a.m. shooting in the 300 block of Southwest Langston Road.


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The man was shot numerous times in the lower body and arm and has "gone back and forth between critical and stable" since being taken to "an area hospital" for treatment, Vickers said. While most gunshot victims are treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Vickers would not confirm where the man was taken.

Police arrested the 17-year-old after finding him "walking nearby in the area," Vickers said. She could not provide any further details.

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July 13, 2010 2:59 PM

Police: Mother rams officer during chase

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

A 27-year-old Auburn woman who allegedly pinned a police officer between her car and a golf cart during a chase on July 5 has been charged with assault, driving under the influence and attempting to elude police.

Police were alerted by witnesses that Eve Blake was possibly intoxicated and may be attempting to drive her car, according to court charging documents. Police stopped Blake as she was walking away from a Muckleshoot fireworks stand with her young child. They said she swayed when she walked, had slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, charges said.

Police told Blake not to drive; she said that she was planning to walk home, charging papers said.

Minutes later, police were alerted that Blake was driving away. Auburn police and Muckleshoot security found her driving through the parking lot and ordered her to stop, charging documents said. Blake pulled over after officers chased her down. She looked at police, turned her wheel and pinned one Auburn police officer between her car and a golf cart driven by Muckleshoot security, charging papers said. The officer was not hurt.

Blake then drove away and headed toward another Auburn police officer, who jumped out of the way. Blake then drove onto Auburn Way South, charging papers said. Police chased Blake at speeds of 50 mph before an officer struck her car, causing the vehicle to strike a tree, charging papers said.

Neither Blake nor her young daughter, who was buckled in her car seat, were hurt, police said. Blake's mother took custody of the child and Blake was arrested. She was released from jail on July 9.

Blake had been arrested for suspicion of drunken driving in January. She was convicted of DUI in Alaska in 2003, prosecutors said.

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July 13, 2010 12:00 PM

Adult defendants plead guilty in bus tunnel beating case

Posted by John de Leon

The three adult defendants charged in connection with the infamous bus tunnel beating case in January have all pleaded guilty to theft charges, according to the King County Prosecutor's Office.

Latroy D. Hayman, 20, Domanique L. Whitaker, 18, and Tyrone J. Watson, 18, each pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to first-degree theft for their involvement in the Jan. 28 incident. They were originally charged with first-degree robbery. However, the Prosecutor's Office says the investigation revealed a lack of sufficient evidence to prove robbery.

Watson and Hayman each face a sentence range of two to six months in jail, and Whitaker faces a sentence of up to 90 days. Prosecutors will recommend top of the range sentences for each when they are sentenced on July 30.

Another defendant in the case, a 15-year-old girl, pleaded guilty last month to a charge of second-degree assault. She was sentenced to 15 to 36 weeks at the Department of Juvenile Rehabilitation. A 17-year-old boy pleaded guilty in March to fourth-degree assault and misdemeanor harassment, and a 17-year-old girl pleaded guilty last month to fourth-degree assault. Both were sentenced in Juvenile Court to 30 days in detention.

A surveillance video of the attack showed the 15-year-old defendant following the victim, Aiesha Steward-Baker, 16, into the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel on the evening of Jan. 28, according to the charges. The girl pushed Steward-Baker, who retaliated.

In the ensuing brawl, Steward-Baker wound up on the ground, and the defendant repeatedly stomped and kicked her in the head, chest and neck. Several males with the defendant could be seen on the video grabbing Steward-Baker's phone, purse and iPod, according to court paperwork.

The Times generally does not name juvenile suspects or the victims of crimes, but Steward-Baker, who is now 16, was identified after she appeared at a news conference and on ABC's "Good Morning America."

The tape of the attack spawned outrage because several uniformed private security guards stood by and watched the beating, one from only a few feet away, without interfering. The private firm, Olympic Security, said its officers were forbidden from becoming involved in physical altercations.

Metro, police and the King County Sheriff's Office also were criticized.


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July 13, 2010 8:04 AM

Two men assaulted in camper in Sodo neighborhood

Posted by Nick Provenza

Two men say they were assaulted by a former roommate in their camper early Tuesday morning in Seattle's Sodo neighborhood, according to Seattle police.

The men ran from the camper and one of the men called 911 to report the incident which occurred at Utah Avenue South and South Massachusetts Street, police said.

The ex-roommate was still in the camper when police arrived. Officers tried to contact him. At one point during negotiations, the suspect came to one of the camper's window to show he had a gasoline can and a lighter.

After about 30 minutes, police were able to talk the 29-year-old suspect out of the camper and he was arrested for investigation of vehicle prowling and assault, police said.

The Seattle Fire Department responded to the scene to treat the two victims for their injuries

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July 9, 2010 10:59 AM

Man shot during confrontation at Lynnwood-area party

Posted by John de Leon

-- From Times staff reporter Susan Gilmore:

A man was shot in the knee late Thursday after he and his friends were turned away from a party at the Martha Lake Community Club.

According to the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, the 23-year-old Edmonds man was with two other men when they were turned away from the club in the 17600 block of Motor Place in Lynnwood. The three men then started talking to a woman in the parking lot. Two cars pulled into the lot and words were exchanged about the woman.

Both cars left the parking lot when someone in one of the cars fired shots at the three men, who were on foot. The 23-year-old man was the only one hit by gunfire and was taken to a local hospital.

There have been no arrests and the case remains under investigation.


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