CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: 3 suspects remain jailed after West Seattle Bridge fight

Following up on Wednesday’s arrests in High Point in connection with a fight on the shoulder of the east end of the West Seattle Bridge:

Hearings were held for three of the suspects today. Bail was set at $225,000 each for two men, 18 and 20; a juvenile-court judge ruled that a 17-year-old boy should remain in detention. The fourth person taken into custody yesterday, 19, was not booked into jail. Probable-cause documents include more information on what police found out:

(At 2:19 pm Wednesday), officers were dispatched to an accident scene where the parties involved were fighting. This was happening westbound on the West Seattle Bridge just off the exit ramp from southbound I-5. Witnesses said 4 guys (were) beating up another and trying to throw him off the bridge. Vehicles involved were a silver car and a red car. …

(At 2:22 pm), complainant advised that the red car sped past him onto Fauntleroy SW from the bridge. The victim tried to follow the suspects throughout West Seattle but lost them at 36 SW and SW Snoqualmie. The victim gave the suspect-vehicle plate … The victim advised he was standing by at that location.

Police say the victim had a bloody face, possible broken nose, and badly chipped front tooth.

SFD was called to treat him and suggested he go to Harborview, but he declined. The victim told police – picking up the report – “that he was stopped at a red light on S. McClellan and 23 Ave (S) when he was rear-ended by the suspect vehicle, a red 4 door Ford.

(The victim) said the driver got out and they agreed to pull over out of traffic to exchange information. (The victim) said he pulled over but the suspect driver (later identified as the 18-year-old), sped off without exchanging information for the accident. The victim said he then followed them so he could get the plate of the suspect vehicle … he went west onto the West Seattle Bridge and saw the suspect vehicle pulled over just past the gore point between S/B I-5 off ramp and the Columbian Way off ramp. He said the right front tire was damaged from the accident and was smoking. (The victim) said he pulled in front of the suspect car and got out to contact (the 18-year-old, who) got out and he asked (him) why he sped off. (The victim said the 18-year-old suspect) then punched him in the face and tried to run back to his car. (The victim) said he grabbed a hold of (the suspect) to prevent him from getting away. While they were struggling on the very busy freeway bridge, (the 18-year-old) yelled at his friends in his car, “Get the shotgun”!”

At that point, the victim told police, the 20-year-old and 17-year-old suspects got out of the car and opened the trunk. The victim told police he was afraid he was going to be shot, so he punched the 18-year-old in the face and broke away. The report continues, “He said he wanted to get to the trunk and prevent them from getting the shotgun on him. (The victim said the 20-year-old suspect) was pulling the shotgun from the trunk and (he) was able to grab it as well (and) was fighting for control over the gun with (the 18-year-old suspect) when he was kicked and punched in the head from behind by (the other two).

A struggle for control of the gun ensued, and the four scuffled near the guardrail, almost falling off the bridge, the victim said, adding that, the report says, “at one point during the struggle, (the 20-year-old suspect) maneuvered the barrel of the shotgun pointed right at (the victim’s) face (and he said) he heard the ‘click’ of the trigger but the gun did not fire.” The report says the scuffle ensued, and that the 17-year-old suspect kicked the victim in the face before the 20-year-old suspect grabbed the shotgun, ran back to the red car, put it in the trunk, and sped off west on the bridge. The victim followed them to get the plate.

The probable-cause documents don’t explain how they traced the car to the 6000 block of High Point Drive – mentioning just “an area check.” Nor do they go into detail about the two-hour span between arrests, involving the SWAT team; the police report lists more than 30 officers having been involved in the response. According to the “last-known address” section of the probable-cause documents, the 17-year-old lives at the address where the arrests were made; the 20-year-old and 18-year-old live at separate addresses in South Delridge. The charging deadline for all three is next Monday.

26 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: 3 suspects remain jailed after West Seattle Bridge fight"

  • flimflam July 21, 2016 (5:31 pm)

    wow – try to throw someone off a bridge over some BS traffic dispute? sociopaths…

    • JanS July 21, 2016 (5:56 pm)

      totally agree…my first reaction…WTF? Who does that?

      and Todd? Yes…keep them off the streets. I know they’ll be out probably sooner than later, and when that happens, mandatory psychiatric appointments. I once had a 17 year old child…and I was still expected to parent, and I did, and well, now she’s 35, and a mom. And hasn’t been arrested yet.  The world is a tough place…but…trying to kill someone over something petty? I feel so sorry for those who have grown up with no value of anyone’s life…what a sad childhood he must have had. And, frankly, hope those parents have no other children :(

  • Todd July 21, 2016 (5:47 pm)

    Hit and run…assault…felony assault…attempted murder…not one of them yet 21…actually carrying a shotgun in the trunk…

    Likely not the first rodeo these punks have been to, but it could keep them off the circuit for a while. Lock. Them. Up.

  • smokeycretin9 July 21, 2016 (5:53 pm)

    Who the hell are these monsters?   Trying to kill someone because of a fender bender?  

    I cannot wait for the giant meteor to take us all out.  We have failed…..

  • Joe Dirt July 21, 2016 (5:56 pm)

    Thanks for the info. Sad these are our neighbors.

  • Alki Resident July 21, 2016 (6:55 pm)

    This pack of wolves are dangerous. Throw the book at them before they kill someone for real next time.

  • Brenda July 21, 2016 (7:13 pm)

    Dirt bags. 

  • Danny July 21, 2016 (7:23 pm)

    Good riddance! This type of behavior deserves no glory.  Throw the books at them!

  • drivebywitnesses July 21, 2016 (7:29 pm)

    you’d think that as of this is going on, there were plenty of motorists driving by who might, after the fact, be able to be witnesses to what was transpiring? 

    what a scary story! it’s a reminder that in instances like this, it is just not worth engaging with the other individuals regardless of principle and desire to get enough info to turn over to the authorities.

  • ScubaFrog July 21, 2016 (7:42 pm)

    Get people like this out of society. 

    Trying to throw the young man off the bridge…  And “get the shotgun!”…  Pointing the shotgun at the victim’s face and pulling the trigger… 

  • Wsres July 21, 2016 (8:14 pm)

    Awful. I wonder how many other people witnessed this as they drove by? these boys need to do some jail time. The SWAT response was pretty big (it drove by me). What constitutes a SWAT response with 2tactical vehicles and a “paddy wagon” style vehicle? Does anyone know?  It made me wonder if there were other suspicions about these boys.

    • WSB July 21, 2016 (8:30 pm)

      The fact that not everyone came out willingly, and that they were reported to be armed, is what brought out SWAT. Has happened many times before, in some lesser incidents we’ve covered (someone suspected of having a gun but no one having been injured, for example).

  • KD July 21, 2016 (9:52 pm)

    Wsres… It is called a ‘police van’ NOT a ‘paddy wagon.’ This is 2016, not the 19th century where they are picking up drunk ‘paddys’. It is a cultureal insensitive phrase and offensive. I’m sorry, but I do believe people use that phrase and don’t even know why.

    • Mike July 22, 2016 (12:06 am)

      actually, paddy (patty) wagon is the old term for patrol car, not police van.  I think you’re referring to paddy being the derogatory term for Patrick, a common Irish name.   Is that what you were going for?  History has it that Paddy Wagon was used because many East Coast policemen were of Irish decent.  Offensive, maybe, depends on who you talk to.  I’m 1/4 Irish, I’ll go drink a Guinness and get over it.

  • Mike July 21, 2016 (10:09 pm)

    wow, pulled the trigger with the barrel pointed at his face.  I see the parent of one of these kids posted on the other thread that the kids where attacked first and the their kid is not a bad person.  Hmmmm….why do these young men have a shotgun in the trunk, why didn’t they call the police for help if they were being attacked.  I’d love to see their priors when their names are released, $5 says they are not legally allowed to possess firearms.

  • Thought police July 21, 2016 (10:56 pm)

    Thanks, that’s really funny, I didn’t know that’s wear paddy wagon comes from. What culturally insensitive term should we use now that is also accurate?

  • kg July 21, 2016 (11:09 pm)

    @ KD

    Thank you.

  • KD July 21, 2016 (11:46 pm)

    @ kg


  • d July 22, 2016 (7:39 am)

    The day before this happened the same morons ran a stop sign and almost hit me and my wife

  • Seattlite July 22, 2016 (7:59 am)

    These thugs are criminals proven by their actions.  They are too dangerous to be allowed to live with the civilized.  One of the USA’s biggest social problems is the break down of the family unit which creates kids at risk who turn into criminals…just like the one’s who committed this heinous criminal act against the victim.

  • JeffK July 22, 2016 (8:52 am)

    I think we need way more early intervention to keep people from ending up like these criminals – prenatal though high-school.

    Escalating a traffic accident to trying to murder someone is off the charts insane and an indication that these people are going to be a burden to society for the next 50 years.

    And I’ve been coming back to supporting the death penalty for those that don’t take the carrot by the time they become an adult – for violent crimes.  I’m as liberal as it gets, except when someone is out to kill.

    There has to be a consequence to pulling that trigger, and it has to be real.  At some point, as a society, we need to reinforce that this is not acceptable.  Your dad wasn’t around, your mother was too busy to raise you well?  Too bad, you are still 100% responsible for your actions.

    All that said, it’s a learning here from the victim to just get the info and let the police handle the perps.  Both sides escalated the incident, just dis-proportionally.

  • Chuck and Sally's Van Man July 22, 2016 (10:15 am)

    “Get the shotgun” and “click.” Words and a sound no one should ever have to live through, and the victim is extremely lucky that he did. I can only wonder if these miscreants forgot to load/chamber the weapon, or if the hammer fell on a live round but a malfunction (problem w the firing pin) caused a misfire. Regardless, I’m thrilled these dangerous punks are off the streets. I’m hopeful that even our liberal court system will keep them there.

  • Double Dub Resident July 22, 2016 (10:31 am)

    Yeah JeffK, that intervention should be birth control,  because there are way too many people having kids who have no business having them

    • JeffK July 22, 2016 (12:38 pm)

      Good point.

  • Captain Dave July 22, 2016 (11:45 pm)

    I wish the blog would show pictures or mug-shots of the assailants.  

    • WSB July 22, 2016 (11:49 pm)

      Cap’n – No charges have yet been filed in this case; Monday is the deadline if any are to be rush-filed, but even then, we won’t have photos then unless any of them have spent time in the state prison system – “mugshots” are not available except for that circumstance and if someone is a registered sex offender. You’ve seen the only photos we have of people involved – in our same-day coverage, we had one shot from a distance of someone being arrested, no face shown, but absent any other imagery, I don’t know whether he was one of the three people taken into custody or the fourth person who was interviewed and released. We also included in that story a photo sent by a reader who took a photo of the scene – the two cars, and one man visible outside them (I have no idea who he was, either), from a distance. – TR

Sorry, comment time is over.