West Seattle Crime Watch: ’11-time felon’ charged with stolen-car possession, break-in, hit-run, but judge reduces bailFebruary 5, 2014 at 10:06 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news | 36 Comments
Three charges are now filed against the man arrested last Friday night after law enforcers in the air and on the ground tracked a stolen SUV to a house near The Junction. 32-year-old Nicholas Broughton is described in court documents as an “11-time convicted felon.” He is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, hit and run, and first-degree criminal trespass. He remains in jail tonight, but Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer set bail at $25,000, prosecutors say, down from the $100,000 set after his arrest. (At right: State Department of Corrections file photo of Broughton, added 2/7/14)
The police report in the documents includes more information on last Friday night’s events:
The owners of the red 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe that police say Broughton crashed through a fence reported it stolen around 8 pm Friday while they were eating dinner at a restaurant in the Pierce County town of University Place.
Around quarter past nine, the signal from the LoJack device in the Tahoe led police to a garage in the 4800 block of 47th SW. The case report says an investigating officer “knew based on his prior experience that the same garage had been used in other police calls to include incidents that involved stolen vehicles, narcotics, and firearms.” The SUV was starting to leave the area when police arrived on the ground and the Guardian One helicopter arrived overhead.
The report goes on to describe what we reported before, including what is shown in this video from Guardian One:
The report summarizes that Broughton “continued to elude as he ran and hid in three different yards before he eventually broke out a basement door window then unlawfully entered the residence …”
The report says he “had lived in the house after being released from prison in 2013. He left the house two months ago. The locks had been changed and (he) was told he wasn’t welcome back at the house.”
He is reported to have answered “I don’t know” in response to almost everything police asked. Regarding the Tahoe, police impounded it and wrote in the report:
The front driver and passenger seats had been taken out (stripped) and the vehicle had extensive damage to it. Due to the condition of the vehicle, it would be highly unlikely for any occupant to claim lack of knowledge that the car had been stolen. Officers also located and photographed the stripped seats from the stolen car, which were located in the garage at (the address where he was arrested).
The case report also mentions the gunshot neighbors heard that night: “At some point during the foot pursuit of the suspect, there was an officer-involved accidental discharge of a firearm.” A separate report number is listed.
Though prosecutors asked that his bail be kept at $100,000 because they feel Broughton is “unlikely to appear in response to a summons,” Judge Shaffer reduced it to $25,000, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Documents say he has been booked into jail 22 times since 2001, including 34 warrants. He is scheduled to return to court in two weeks for arraignment on these charges.
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