Felony Charges in Seattle Case

This afternoon the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office rush filed three felony charges against the defendant in a Seattle case:

  • Burglary in the Second Degree
  • Reckless Burning in the First Degree
  • Residential Burglary

This is the case involving the Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple at 1427 S. Main Street. Rush filing a case is a court term meaning that it is filed within the first 72 hours.

From the public charging documents:

“The defendant broke into two buildings in a short period of time, one of which was a residence. In the first he started a fire that caused significant
damage to that building. Fortunately, the fire was put out before more damage was done or additional structures were damaged. The defendant also damaged property inside the residence he burglarized.”

Police did not refer this to prosecutors as a hate crime investigation. If police find and refer information that could be reviewed as a hate crime, it will be reviewed with the same urgency as the case filed today.

The post is not expected to be updated. For case updates, go to the KC Script Portal and view case number 24–1–00787–0.