Followup: Bail set at $45,000 for police-assault suspect

November 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 28 Comments

Bail is set at $45,000, according to the King County Jail register, for the 28-year-old man arrested in West Seattle last night for allegedly assaulting a Seattle Police officer and sergeant and the civilian who tried to help them, when a traffic stop turned into a tussle. The suspect is a Kent resident who is now in jail for the 10th time this year; he waived the right to be present in court for his bail hearing this afternoon. As we noted in an update earlier today, most of the jail stays relate to a burglary case in which he was charged one year ago today – accused of stealing from college dorm rooms elsewhere in Seattle and pawning stolen property – allegedly for money to support a heroin habit. He is under investigation for two counts of third-degree assault, one count of fourth-degree assault, and one drug charge; prosecutors have until Friday to decide on charges. We asked SPD how the officer and sergeant are doing; Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Paulsen tells us tonight that they are “sore, but OK.” More details on the incident are included in the documents from this afternoon’s bail hearing – read on:

From the police narrative presented to the court for determination of probable cause:

As police described last night, the traffic stop began after the suspect allegedly ran a red light at California/Charlestown. He was pulled over a block east on Charlestown, by the old Charlestown Café. The officer noticed the license plate on the vehicle was “obstructed”; the driver gave her his actual first name but a fake last name and said he had no ID or wallet. So she was going to cite him for driving without a license and ID, but instead of getting out of the car, he started it and tried to pull away.

The officer was able to turn off the ignition and pulled him out of the car, at which time, the report says, he started to assault her, and they both fell to the ground. A sergeant who arrived tried to pull him off her; he was able to do so with the assistance of a man who lives in the area and ran over to try to help. The report says, “The fight continued until (the suspect) was in handcuffs.” It also describes the officer’s injuries as to her elbow, knee and knuckles; the sergeant’s injuries to his shoulder; and the civilian’s injuries, to his arm and shoulder.

While those three were taken to Harborview Medical Center, the suspect was taken to the Southwest Precinct, “complain(ing) of pain to his nose and lip.” Medics were called to check him out. That’s when police say they found he’d been in possession of a bottle with six clonazepam pills, a baggie with an “unknown … substance” described as gray/brown, and $104 in cash. He continued to give a false name to officers – until one recognized him and confirmed his real name, which led them to a warrant related to the 2011 burglary case.

We just checked the jail register and the suspect is still there. We’ll continue to follow the case.

28 Comments

  1. For the 10th time this year…

    Comment by chrisma — 7:29 pm November 14, 2012 #

  2. It is November and all…

    Comment by CandrewB — 7:52 pm November 14, 2012 #

  3. Wow — maybe I did poor internet sleuthing, but this guy’s Facebook page does not present a scenario that matches the one above.

    Comment by soosan — 8:00 pm November 14, 2012 #

  4. Everything I wrote/quoted is from court and police documents, and attributed as such. The ten jail stays are directly recorded on the King County Jail Register, which is publicly visible (and unless you know the suspect, I’d imagine that’s where you looked up his name, which is fairly distinctive). Doesn’t mean details of his life that he has chosen to present elsewhere are not true. And of course – the very reason we don’t publish names until people are charged – in our country, people are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Being charged doesn’t make you guilty, but it means prosecutors believe the evidence is strong enough for a likelihood of conviction. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:25 pm November 14, 2012 #

  5. Cops don’t carry night sticks anymore do they? At the risk of sounding presumptuous, it’s possible that a few swats on the head and the private parts as well as a hard poke to the gut with the stick would have subdued this individual with less trouble instead of fighting him even steven.

    Comment by East Coast Cynic — 8:42 pm November 14, 2012 #

  6. Maybe I didn’t summarize the narrative well enough, but as the report tells it, there really didn’t seem to be a choice. Imagine the officer pulling the suspect out of the car after announcing him under arrest, the suspect allegedly trying to start the car to drive away as the officer is working to maintain control of the situation, turning off the car but then falling to the ground, beneath the suspect, struggle ensuing. Didn’t sound like much room for maneuvering any kind of weapon. Glad no one wound up seriously hurt or worse.

    Comment by WSB — 8:53 pm November 14, 2012 #

  7. It somehow seems funny that his possession of $104 is relevant. That doesn’t really seem like it’s enough to be indicative of anything. $1000 might be noteworthy, but $100 not so much.

    Comment by Jay — 9:05 pm November 14, 2012 #

  8. I suspect the second cop who assisted could have taken more punitive action (to be more specific), not the one who was assaulted who I could understand probably would have had trouble defending herself considering the circumstances.

    Comment by East Coast Cynic — 9:26 pm November 14, 2012 #

  9. Only 45K for two felony assaults and other assorted charges? Maybe they missed a zero on the end. But we can always let him go and arrest him again. Maybe an even dozen stays in jail for the year?

    Comment by Eric1 — 9:48 pm November 14, 2012 #

  10. This is his fiancé. And yes even though his actions are wrong. And he knows this. He does not have a bad heart. If anyone knows what a drug addiction is like then you know it does make you do things out of the ordinary. But my fiancé is a wonderful loving man that is very talented. You name it he can do it. A wonderful artist and can make dust look like diamonds. Yes what he did is a crime but to be so bored that you sit on here and talk badly about someone that you have no idea who they are. He is extremely sorry of what he has done and drugs do make you do stupid stuff. That is not who he is nor is he a bad person.

    Comment by RT — 11:40 pm November 14, 2012 #

  11. I just wanted to let you know that my husband was the civilian who helped with the situation. He did not just jump in. He asked if they needed help, and clearly they did. Both were injured. He was able to help secure the criminal until the other officers arrived. He’s sore, but otherwise alright.

    Comment by Caprial — 5:27 am November 15, 2012 #

  12. To rt, if he has a drug problem, get him help. Obviously he isnt learning his lessons by the ten plus jail stays. Maybe he has a good heart, but assaulting police officers / good samaritans is not evidence of this. good luck with the marriage!

    Comment by earth first ed — 7:10 am November 15, 2012 #

  13. Might wanna put that wedding on hold till he gets help. Not a good way to start off a marriage. I PRAY there are no kids involved.

    Comment by T-Rex — 8:41 am November 15, 2012 #

  14. Seattle PD is under the thumb of DOJ right now. They can’t risk doing anything overly aggressive, even in defending themselves. Lest some “innocent individual” sue them again.

    Comment by cr — 9:21 am November 15, 2012 #

  15. RT, I think you’re confusing people concerned about safety in our community, and the well-being of people that help provide that safety, with boredom. While I hope your fiancé is able to get help to overcome his addiction, addiction isn’t an excuse for hurting people

    Comment by LadyBusiness — 9:25 am November 15, 2012 #

  16. Unless people are in the situation they don’t know how to handle it. This is why police work is so misunderstood its on a case by case basis and every scenario is different and dangerous. If this guy had a gun or a knife she would be gravely injured. I’m surprised she had the guts to reach in the car and turn off the ignition not knowing the weapon status. I think there should be a thank you to this officer for getting a guy who was clearly high from behind the wheel of a car where he could have killed a West Seattle family. I’m impressed by the neighbor who jumped in even though SPD doesn’t like to put others in harms way. Every situation can be handled in a million different ways. I think all in all justice was served here.

    Comment by anotherthing — 9:42 am November 15, 2012 #

  17. RT, this should be your wake up call to help him now before worse things happen. People are going to be upset on both sides of this story, but you are the one that probably has the ability to reverse this man from self imploding.

    Hats off to the officers in SW precinct and the bystander for their efforts. So sorry they had to endure injury.

    Comment by JonF — 11:31 am November 15, 2012 #

  18. And that’s where your wrong. He wasn’t high.

    Comment by RT — 11:37 am November 15, 2012 #

  19. RT – he sounds like a complete loser. You want to marry a felon? Good luck with that. And instead of spending your time defending him maybe you should actually help him.

    Comment by A — 12:49 pm November 15, 2012 #

  20. And to clear up the jail stays. It was time split up because he had a job. Learn the details people. It’s for the same case but in order to keep his job they courts split it up

    Comment by RT — 1:19 pm November 15, 2012 #

  21. So this is the way he acts when he is not high ? Sad, now there is no excuse, not that there is ever for this type of behavior . Hopefully no one gets killed next time. Time for a wake up.

    Comment by Wetone — 2:20 pm November 15, 2012 #

  22. WOW RT, you should get some help too. You are not helping him by defending him. Not only did he lie, he assulted a FEMALE police officer.

    Wake up for God’s sake. Like Wetone said, if he was not high and this is normal behavior for him I will say I am rather worried about you.

    Comment by T-Rex — 3:50 pm November 15, 2012 #

  23. Let cops become cops. Its time to stop the hug-a-thug treatment and let them kick some ass. Thugs will keep doing what they do because they know cops have their hands tied behind their backs. Until you become a victim of thuggery itself, its too late.

    Comment by sheeba — 4:31 pm November 15, 2012 #

  24. Exactly Sheeba!

    I’m betting those complaining about the spike in crime were the same ones on their soap boxes complaining about alleged police brutality like this was LA in the 90s

    Comment by cr — 4:59 pm November 15, 2012 #

  25. You know what makes me more disappointed than the fact that SPD is afraid to injure people attempting to escape from lawful arrest? The fact that three of the good guys (including one brave citizen) were injured and his bail was only 4500. Yes that was deliberate… bail bonds are 10%.

    I know King County doesn’t care about the safety and well being of people who police it but i would think a little more sympathy for the citizen would have been exercised buy the judge…

    Comment by AS — 5:00 pm November 15, 2012 #

  26. I’m perfectly content with myself. I don’t have issues. But thanks!! You guys don’t know all the factors and don’t know him so stop assuming stuff. I know the man I’m marrying

    Comment by RT — 11:11 pm November 15, 2012 #

  27. I’ve been in RT’s shoes with the drug addict boyfriend who’s in and out of trouble when I very young. The whole stand by your man, no one understands him but me thing can be very seductive. Sorry to say, but it rarely turns out well for the one standing by their man.

    Comment by Ajax — 12:53 am November 16, 2012 #

  28. Ill tell you about it in 10 years and still standing by him happy and a good life.

    Comment by RT — 12:47 am November 30, 2012 #

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