Charges filed by the KCPAO: Tuesday, Dec. 27
The overwhelming majority of criminal cases filed daily by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office don’t receive public attention.
That’s not the fault of the public or news reporters — it’s understandable with the volume of felony cases we file each day.
The KCPAO is sharing the number of adult cases filed each day and additional details about a handful of specific cases to highlight the kinds of cases we handle. Details of the alleged crimes below are from the public charging documents.
NOTE: Courts were closed on Dec. 23–26, so there were no new case filings those days.
Charges filed by the KCPAO: Tuesday, Dec. 27
- Assault In The Second Degree (1 charge)
- Assault In The Second Degree — Domestic Violence (1 charge)
- Assault In The Third Degree (1 charge)
- Attempted Theft In The Third Degree (1 charge)
- Attempting To Elude A Pursuing Police Vehicle (1 charge)
- Burglary In The Second Degree (1 charge)
- Conspiracy to Commit Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act (6 charges: possession with intent — fentanyl)
- Custodial Assault (2 charges)
- Domestic Violence Felony Violation Of A Court Order (3 charges)
- Felony Harassment -Domestic Violence Malicious Mischief in the Third Degree — Domestic Violence (1 charge)
- Hit And Run — Felony (1 charge)
- Obstructing A Law Enforcement Officer (1 charge)
- Organized Retail Theft In The Second Degree (2 charges)
- Possession Of Stolen Vehicle (1 charge)
- Possession Of Stolen Vehicle (5 charges)
- Residential Burglary (1 charge)
- Robbery In The Second Degree (1 charge)
- Vehicular Assault (1 charge)
- Vehicular Homicide (1 charge)
- Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act (6 charges: possession with intent — fentanyl x4; possession with intent — meth; possession with intent — cocaine)
Hit and Run — Felony
The 63-yaer-old victim was on his way home from work, riding his bicycle with a yellow safety vest near South Spokane Street and 11th Avenue Southwest in Seattle. He was riding in the eastbound lanes, had just entered the eastern marked crosswalk, and was turning left to cross the westbound lanes — presumably to rejoin the bike lane on the north side of the street — when the 20-year-old defendant crossed the double yellow centerline and plowed into the victim. The defendant was speeding more than 50 mph on the 25 mph posted street. The victim suffered catastrophic injuries and was killed immediately. The road was strewn with his broken bike and pieces of the car. The defendant had initially braked but accelerated away. He never checked on the victim or contacted the police or called 911. He was identified through a detailed police investigation. That investigation showed that the defendant made admissions in social media feeds and searched for “hit and run death of cyclist” and “how long does marijuana (weed) stay in your system?” Investigators aid he also had a link to a KOMO news article about the fatal rash, which included the victim’s widow begging the driver to turn himself in.
Assault In The Second Degree
In this Dec. 21 case from Federal Way, the defendant began a verbal argument with the victim’s mother and the victim came to her aid. The defendant, who is physically larger than the victim, retaliated by throwing the victim to the ground. The defendant further escalated the altercation by placing his knee of the victim’s neck, causing the victim to be unable to breathe. Prosecutors believe that in light of these facts and the defendant’s extensive history, he’ll likely commit another serious violent offense if released from custody. King County prosecutors argued that he’s a danger to the community and should be held on $100,000 bail. The first appearance judge set bail at $5,000. Following court rules, prosecutors could not re-argue that amount, so we asked for the $5,000 bail amount to be maintained with the rush filing of this felony charge.
Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act (possession with intent — meth)
In this case, an informant requested that the defendant sell and deliver him 20 pounds of methamphetamine. Law enforcement was waiting at the predetermined North Seattle location with the informant. The informant received a phone call from the defendant saying he was there and then law enforcement and the informant watched the defendant pull up and park. Law enforcement contacted the defendant and found the roughly 20 pounds of methamphetamine in a cooler ready to be delivered. The defendant was positively identified by the informant and the defendant was in possession of the cell phone with the number matching the one used to communicate with the informant. The street value of the meth was estimated at $25,000. King County prosecutors argued that the defendant should be held in jail on $50,000 bail because of the danger to the community, but he was released by a first appearance judge on personal recognizance over prosecutors’ objection.
These case summaries, which were posted Jan. 2, 2023, are not expected to be updated. To see additional details in each case, go to the KC-Script Portal.