King County Prosecuting Attorney
||Updated: 3:35 p.m. August 21
Hearing Today for Suspect in Double Homicide at Kent Gas Station: A judge today set bail at $2 million for a 29-year-old man suspected in yesterday’s double homicide in Kent. The suspect waived his appearance at a bail hearing this afternoon. The suspect was arrested on investigation of homicide for the fatal shooting of two men at a gas station in Kent. A second appearance is scheduled for August 25 at 2:30 p.m. in the King County Jail.
Defendant Accused in Two Seattle Killings Facing Additional Murder Charge: A man charged in the shooting deaths of two men in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood in June is facing a new charge in connection with the murder of a Skyway man in April. The defendant, Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, was charged today with Aggravated Murder in the First Degree for the alleged fatal shooting of Leroy Henderson, 30, on April 27 in Skyway. Brown was charged last month with two counts of Aggravated Murder in the First Degree for the shooting deaths of Ahmed Said and Dwone Anderson-Young on June 1 in the Leschi neighborhood.
The defendant was arrested last month in New Jersey, where he is also facing a murder charge. Brown is accused in the fatal shooting of Brendan Tevlin, 19, in New Jersey in June. “The investigation in King County and New Jersey reveals that this defendant is responsible for a series of murders, none of which appear to be provoked, and all of which show an extreme level of violence,” said King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg. “We are in communication with the prosecutors in Essex County regarding their murder and robbery charges,” he said. “I expect that eventually Brown will come back to King County to face the three aggravated murder charges we have filed, but precisely when that will be remains unclear at this point.” If convicted as charged, aggravated murder carries two possible punishments, either the death penalty or life in prison without release.
Charge Filed in Fatal Stabbing in Bellevue: A 38-year-old man was charged today with Murder in the First Degree for the fatal stabbing of a man at a Burger King restaurant in Bellevue on August 17. The defendant, Steven Padilla, allegedly walked up and started stabbing the victim who appeared to be sleeping. The victim, Jose Arias, 65, died from his injuries. Padilla ran from the restaurant but was arrested a short time later by Bellevue Police. The defendant remains in jail with bail set at $1 million. Arraignment is set for September 3 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 of the King County Courthouse.
Hearing for Suspect in Fatal Stabbing at Restaurant: The suspect in Sunday’s fatal stabbing at a Burger King restaurant in Bellevue did not appear in court today for a bond hearing. The suspect, a 38-year-old man, remains in jail being held on investigation of homicide. Tomorrow is the deadline for a charging decision.
Guilty Verdict in 2008 Murder: A gang member has been convicted in connection with a shooting that killed 15-year-old Quincy Coleman and wounded a second teen near Garfield High School in 2008. The jury convicted D’Angelo A. Saloy last week of Murder in the First Degree and Attempted Murder in the First Degree, both with firearm enhancements. Saloy, 22, faces a sentence range of approximately 51 to 64 years in prison. On the evening of October 31, 2008, a Ford Taurus drove past several individuals who were standing near the baseball field behind Garfield High School. Approximately five to seven shots were fired from the vehicle. Coleman and Demario Clark, 16 at the time, were both struck by bullets. Coleman, who was shot twice in the back, died at the scene. Witness statements tied Saloy to the shooting. “Thanks to the outstanding work of Seattle Police detectives and the deputy prosecutors handling the case, justice has been done in this very difficult case,” said King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg. Sentencing is scheduled for September 10 at 9 a.m. before Judge Regina Cahan. The case was investigated by Seattle Police detective Dana Duffy. Senior DPAs Jessica Berliner and Julie Kline prosecuted the case.
Kent Car Show Shooting
Case Wrap Up: All Seven Defendants Convicted
The last two remaining defendants charged in a July 23, 2011 shootout at an unauthorized car show and rap concert in Kent have pleaded guilty. The King County Prosecutor’s Office (PAO) charged a total of seven defendants in the Kent car show shootout that left 12 people wounded. A 13th person was wounded in a subsequent drive-by shooting later that evening in an apparent act of retaliation. All seven have now been convicted.
The defendants are identified members of the Playboy-Surenos street gang. Investigators pieced together the events of the Kent car show shootout through painstaking efforts after forming the South King County Gang Violence Initiative. Detectives from the Kent Police Department led the effort, but nearly a dozen police agencies contributed to the investigation. Investigators, facing a chaotic crime scene and uncooperative witnesses, were able to build a solid case.
They exhausted numerous evidentiary avenues, which included using: firearm tool mark evidence, text messaging records, fingerprints, social media, cell-phone tracking technology, jail phone call recordings, and video surveillance.
“This startling shootout in broad daylight at a shopping mall coalesced law enforcement and the community in South King County to take a stand against gang violence,” said King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg.
Last week, the court accepted guilty pleas from the two remaining defendants, Isai Hernandez and James Lopez, for their involvement in the shooting. Hernandez pled guilty to a charge of Drive-By Shooting and Lopez pled to a charge of Rendering Criminal Assistance in the First Degree. In all, six defendants pleaded guilty and one was convicted at trial. Here’s a summary of the charges: Learn more . . .
PAO’s Annual Food Frenzy Drive Raises $11,600 for Food Lifeline
and Wins Public Sector Title for 9th Year in a Row
The PAO completed its annual two-week fundraising project in July called Food Frenzy, which raised $11,600 for Food Lifeline which equals last year’s total. The money will provide 46,400 meals for hungry children. Food Frenzy is a “friendly” competition between law, accounting and engineering firms with the goal of feeding children during the summer months when food bank shelves aren’t well stocked and school lunch programs aren’t running.
The PAO has again won the competition in the Public Sector category for 2014 and has won in that category for the past nine years.
Employees participate in many fundraising projects including cooking & bake sales, softball and bowling tournaments, a pie baking contest, a silent auction for gift baskets, a spaghetti luncheon, raffles and Dress Down for a Cause. The Food Frenzy competition fielded a new event this year, a dunk tank. Employees could vote for co-workers and have them dunked into a lot of cold water.
The event was called “Make a Splash to Fight Hunger.”
Some volunteered for the event. Contestants paid $2 per throw, and if the ball hit the target, someone got dunked into 900 gallons of cold water, all for a good cause. Learn more . . .
Dan Satterberg was dunked several times in the Dunk Tank
Competition. The event was called “Make a Splash to Fight Hunger.”
PAO Team Participates in Refuse To Abuse 5K Run
The PAO’s Domestic Violence Unit joined in the Refuse to Abuse 5k Run/Walk in July hosted by the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field to benefit the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The event raised awareness and over $107,000 to prevent domestic violence.
The PAO Domestic Violence Unit team raised just over $2,000. The team handily won the friendly fundraising competition with the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. Thank you to everyone who participated in the Refuse to Abuse 5k and our PAO team organizers Gabby Charlton, Charles Sherer, and Dave Ryan.
PAO team photo in the Refuse to Abuse 5K
The PAO’s Partners in the Community
The PAO is working with King County TV to produce an ongoing series called “Prosecutor’s Partners,” which features people and organizations that are making a difference in King County. In this segment, Prosecutor Dan Satterberg interviews two representatives of Columbia Legal Services, Executive Director Aurora Martin, and staff attorney for Columbia, Merf Ehman. For the past 50 years, Columbia Legal Services has been providing legal services to the poor, but has also been advocating for changes in our community and for changes in our laws and criminal justice system, making it work better for everyone.
Click here to watch the 13 minute video. (external link to You Tube)
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