West Seattle Crime Watch: 15th/Roxbury search explained

(UPDATED 4:09 PM with information from suspect’s bail hearing)

10:31 AM: Just published to SPD Blotter by Jonah Spangenthal-Lee:

A 26-year-old felon tried to stash a stolen gun in the diaper aisle of a drug store Monday evening after opening fire on a West Seattle street.

Police received reports of gunfire just before 5pm near 12th Avenue SW and SW Roxbury Street, where witnesses said a man — accompanied by two young women, one of whom was pushing an infant in a stroller — had fired a shot into the air and fled into a Walgreens several blocks away.

A team of officers entered the store and followed the suspect down the aisles until they cornered him and took him into custody.

When police searched the man, they found he wasn’t carrying a gun. Officers began scouring aisles of the store, and found a handgun stashed behind a shelf full of diapers.

Officers seized the weapon—which was reported stolen—and booked the man into the King County Jail for a weapons violation, possession of stolen property, and a warrant for auto theft.

Police interviewed the man’s companions — his girlfriend, their child, and his girlfriend’s sister — and released them from the scene.

P.S. We were asked about the 15th/Roxbury search hours later via Facebook but didn’t get the details until this appeared. Best way to reach us instantly 24/7 is 206-293-6302, text or voice, if you have a breaking-news tip or question (consider adding WSB to your phone list – thanks!).

4:09 PM: The suspect’s bail was set this afternoon at $30,000, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. We’ve looked up his record; the auto-theft-related warrant dates back to a case last October, in which he is accused of breaking into a house in the 9400 block of 9th SW, finding car keys in the house, and stealing the car. He was spotted a few hours later in South Seattle, where he allegedly fled from police, crashed the car, and took off running. Police found him hiding in the bushes near I-5. Police reports from that case and the new one list him as living in the North SeaTac area. His next court appearance is set for Thursday.

11 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: 15th/Roxbury search explained"

  • WhiteCenterSigh March 3, 2015 (11:00 am)

    What an idiot – thankfully no one was hurt. One can’t help but feel for the child – hope the mother realizes they’re better off without this loser.

  • Eric March 3, 2015 (12:08 pm)

    He’ll be out within a week if not sooner

    • WSB March 9, 2015 (6:25 pm)

      One week post-arrest, no, he’s not out. Still held in lieu of $20,000+ bail for the failure-to-appear warrant related to a stolen car. Doesn’t appear charges are filed in this case yet. But he’s charged in the FTA so for the record, his name is Branden C. Cerna.

  • EmmyJane March 3, 2015 (12:37 pm)

    I’m curious why CPS didn’t take the child. Poor thing doesn’t have a chance hanging around with people like that. So sad.

  • Resident March 3, 2015 (1:03 pm)

    Good Job Police!

  • Jason March 3, 2015 (2:36 pm)

    This guy must really love being locked up. I guess being a felon carrying a stolen fire arm isn’t enough, you have to shoot it off for no good reason to make sure the cops come looking for you.

  • mrsMarty March 3, 2015 (5:28 pm)

    As EmmyJane asked why didn’t CPS come get the child, the Police didn’t think the “infant” was in harms way by being with someone who shoots off a gun randomly in the air?

  • KatherineL March 3, 2015 (5:31 pm)

    They interviewed the infant in the stroller? I wonder if he/she was able to tell them anything.

  • PW March 3, 2015 (9:10 pm)

    good thing I594 was passed for no reason

  • Lars March 4, 2015 (1:08 am)

    So some of you are just assuming that the parent/guardian of the child was the suspect, and that the police set the policies for CPS. If that’s the case tell SPD to lower the gas prices as well. Assumption’s a Maynard Ferguson!

  • mrsMarty March 4, 2015 (5:23 pm)

    Lars>>> No I for one didn’t assume the parent/guardian was the suspect, I read the story and understood that the p/g was with the suspect but if the p/g chose to “hang-out” with someone that is a known felon I just thought the police would think CPS should be called in to investigate, question the p/g.

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