This Seattle case, filed in March, is one of 12 cases filed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Through May 1, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has charged 12 hate crimes this year from investigations referred to us by police.

In all but two of those cases, defendants have either previous documented mental health concerns, a history of substance use disorder, or both.

In all but three of the cases, the defendants have a violent conviction history. One of the others has a pending assault case.

There are more reported hate crimes, though we can only charge a case when a completed investigation is referred to us by law enforcement — and we believe we can prove…


Two Oregon men were charged with felony crimes after police said they drove to the Issaquah Costco in a stolen truck, then drove that Ford F350 into the entrance bay door of the Costco and terrorized employees by firing shots into the air.

The defendants then shot the jewelry counter before leaving with a large amount of stolen jewelry. Between the store merchandize and the loss from closing the Costco, the defendants are accused of causing more than $800,000 in damages. The robbery happened August 2, 2020.

Both of the suspects had been ordered multiple times by judges not to…


After dozens of people were arrested in downtown Bellevue demonstrations in summer 2020, Bellevue Police detectives combed through thousands of pieces of evidence to build cases.

There were 62 people arrested in Bellevue demonstrations that were referred to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO). (There were also at least 11 others arrested, but not referred to the KCPAO.)

Here’s a summary of what happened to each case referred to the KCPAO.

- 9 felony cases were filed by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office after an independent review. These are cases we believe we could prove beyond a reasonable…


This graph shows the number of shootings reported in January through March of 2021 across King County. It was created as part of the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office Shots Fired project that takes a public health approach to gun violence. (KCPAO)

In the first three months of 2021, there were 16 homicide victims across King County, another 53 non-fatal shooting victims and 253 total shots fired incidents.

“It’s not just a King County issue, it’s a national trend across America’s largest cities where we’ve seen a murder rate increase of about 38 percent,” King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg told KIRO Radio.

Our office launched the Shots Fired project in 2017 to take a public health approach to gun violence — and through data analysis and our expanding community partnerships we are working to understand which individuals and communities are at…


Detectives said they watched both suspects get into a red Dodge Challenger and learned it was recently purchased. The dealership identified a photo of one of the suspects, saying he bought the Challenger with a different name and a counterfeit ID, investigators sad. (BPD photo)

Two Detroit men who police said stole multiple identities and falsified IDs that allowed them to open credit lines, purchase a $64,000 Dodge Challenger, a gold bracelet and other items, were charged April 28 with multiple felonies.

Bellevue Police outlined their investigation on their website. One of the defendants is facing 12 counts, including nine counts of identity theft, possession of a stolen vehicle, and possessing stolen property. The other is facing four counts, including two counts of identity theft and possessing stolen property.

One of the defendants appeared to have warrants in Minnesota, Michigan and South Carolina when charges…


The April 25 stabbing in Bothell was the third King County murder case this year involving a knife, and the 17th murder case charged in 2021 from recent events. All but two of those cases involved victims of color.

The April 25 stabbing death of a Bothell man was the 17th murder case charged from recent attacks in 2021 by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. That case was charged April 28 after an independent review of the investigation referred by Bothell Police.

Of those 17 cases, three were stabbings, one was a fatal arson and 12 of the murder cases involved guns.

In all but three of the murder cases involving guns, the defendants were prohibited from having the guns they used.

All but two of the victims in these 17 murder cases were people of color.

In…


Think “truancy,” and you may think of kids going to court for skipping school. But in King County this work has taken a significant turn for the better in the past decade. The King County Education Reengagement Team (KCERT) is transforming reengagement work by moving resources upstream to help address the barriers that are keeping kids out of school so that fewer young people ever see a courtroom. They are committed to increasing opportunities for youth by promoting school attendance and preventing school dropout by addressing barriers in a holistic way.

KCERT is comprised of the King County Superior Court…


This National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) is shining a spotlight on our partnership through Project Safety, a collaborative approach to addressing the civil legal needs of victims of family violence and sexual assault in King County.

By connecting crime survivors to pro bono legal aid, Project Safety helps minimize barriers that block access to justice, maximize available resources, and effectively coordinate needed civil legal services — which could include immigration, access to healthcare or government benefits, housing, education and more. …


“Do you remember when you gave me that first phone call after what happened to me?”

A victim recently asked this question to Natasha Willson, a Domestic Violence (DV) Victim Advocate in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The victim had just completed a very difficult and emotional trial after working with Natasha for several years leading up to it.

“I remember every word you said on that phone call, and it made such a difference in my life.” …


Last week, Senators T’wina Nobles and Manka Dhingra, as well as David Martin who chairs the Domestic Violence Unit at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, shared an update on SB 5183, and took questions from reporters. This legislation will make Washington the first state in the nation to provide forensic nurse examiners to victims of domestic violence strangulation.

“I could not be more pleased by what the Senate has done this year in terms of helping survivors. This bill is so critical in making sure that we have resources for strangulation cases. In strangulation cases the wounds can…

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