CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Charges filed in Alki shooting, Junction robbery, tool-buyback cases

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed charges today in three cases we’re tracking:

(WSB photo February 2)

ALKI SHOOTING: 21-year-old Allan D. Hawley is charged with 2 counts of first-degree assault in the incident that injured two men, both also 21, early February 2nd. The charging document recaps the same narrative as we reported back in our Friday followup – alleging that Hawley shot at the victims and others for reasons unknown, after a brief bout of fighting that at first appeared to have been resolved amicably. Prosecutors say Hawley does not have an adult felony record and appears to have one juvenile felony, but the record is sealed. Hawley remains in jail in lieu of $400,000 bail.

JUNCTION ROBBERY: 38-year-old Monique S. Anderson is charged with second-degree robbery for last Wednesday’s shoplift-turned-robbery at West Seattle Optix; one staffer there was hurt by glass shards sent flying when she kicked out a window to get away. The charging documents recap that store employees say Anderson had come into the shop on the preceding Saturday but left when she became aware she was being watched; then on Wednesday, she grabbed four pairs of sunglasses worth $1600 and tried to leave, but staffers stopped her, in what was described as quite a struggle. Aside from the theft case for which she had a warrant when arrested, prosecutors say her past convictions were 15+ years ago. She remains in jail, bail still at $10,000.

TOOL-BUYBACK CASE – AND MORE: This case turns out to be far more complicated than first reported in an SPD Blotter summary that we mentioned on Saturday. 31-year-old Jared M. Bruce is now charged wth unlawful second-degree firearm possession and first-degree attempted stolen-property trafficking. The police narrative say this started with $5,000 in tools stolen from a home-construction site in the 4800 block of Puget Way SW on January 26th. The victim found two items, a table saw and generator, for sale on OfferUp. The account offering the items was in Bruce’s name. The victim worked with police, who set up an undercover buyback sting. It happened last Wednesday night at Westwood Village; the suspect showed up in what turned out to be a stolen truck. That was impounded, and he was arrested.

The next day, though, Bruce was released on personal recognizance, and, the charging papers say, prosecutors did not object: “Given the facts known at the time, a personal-recognizance release appeared appropriate, given that probable cause was only found for trafficking in stolen property.” But police had warned, in their report, that the suspect might be linked to a stolen handgun in a storage unit, and “Any release prior to a full and lawful search of the truck would give opportunity for the suspect to arm himself with the outstanding stolen firearm …” (The suspect’s record includes a conviction for unlawful gun possession.)

ss it turned out, when a search warrant was obtained for the truck last Friday – one day after Bruce was released – police found what is believed to be the stolen handgun, linked to a Kittitas County burglary in which Bruce is a suspect. Bruce’s bail was set today at $75,000, but he remains out of custody, so far.

12 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: Charges filed in Alki shooting, Junction robbery, tool-buyback cases"

  • TM7302 February 10, 2020 (11:31 pm)

    Way to go prosecutors!!!  Don’t listen to the police who are conducting an investigation.  Don’t listen to the police who are trying to protect the community.  Any wonder why morale is so bad in the SPD…

    • Sixbuck February 10, 2020 (11:43 pm)

      Yes!!  The SPD is not failing us. The courts are failing us. Please, please, remember this come voting day. 

      • WSB February 11, 2020 (12:04 am)

        Back before the downtown shooting suspects were arrested, I looked up some of their histories just to rule out any West Seattle ties..Never found any, so I had no occasion to report on them. But in one case against William Toliver, a domestic-violence court order violation from 2018, the document included this passage:

        “The State disagrees with the decision of the Honorable District Court Judge
        Gregg Hirakawa on the Investigation Calendar to release the defendant on Personal
        Recognizance instead of setting any amount of bail. Here, the defendant has already been
        convicted of violating NCOs 4 times in the past 36 months. Moreover, he had 3 other
        outstanding bench warrants at the time of the current offense, 1 of which was from another NCO
        violation case. Finally, the defendant had a loaded handgun magazine visible in his waistband.
        Therefore the State requests bail in the amount of $50,000.

        I don’t know what happened at that point but the prosecution calling out the judge caught my eye. Similar to our first followup on the Junction robbery suspect, in which prosecutors wanted $80,000 bail and the judge set $10,000.

  • Sixbuck February 10, 2020 (11:37 pm)

    Sadly, what used to be unbelievable is now common every day occurrence. 

  • bolo February 10, 2020 (11:39 pm)

    Does anybody know what motivated the SPD to do the stolen tools undercover buyback sting? Apparently it paid back handsomely in this case. Gotta be happy about that.

    • WSB February 11, 2020 (12:08 am)

      According to the narrative, the victim showed up at the SW Precinct and showed somebody the listing(s) on OfferUp. This is not the first such sting.

  • Sillygoose February 11, 2020 (11:21 am)

    Well how tragic for all of us to do what is right spend countless hours defending ourselves and researching a crime against us to have Judge Hirakawa let this creep out!!  Time to vote this judge out of his position until he can help the tax paying citizens of king county by up holding the law to the extent of the crime not by how he sees fit.

    • WSB February 11, 2020 (11:57 am)

      Please note, that was a reference to and excerpt from a document in a case two years ago. Maybe I shouldn’t have posted it if it was confusing. The suspect in question, one of the defendants in the recent downtown shooting, IS currently in jail.

  • Scubafrog February 11, 2020 (3:26 pm)

    We can hope that if the alleged Alki shooter’s found guilty, that prosecutors utilize the gun enhancement upon sentencing (which I believe ensures 10 years in prison).  I don’t know if they ever use the gun enhancement.  He  allegedly shot a man in the head, apparently lied to the police, and if there were ever a case for the enhancement this would be one.

    • WSB February 11, 2020 (3:40 pm)

      Yes, the charges include a firearm enhancement, which would be 5 extra years as assault/first degree is a Class A felony.

      • Sixbuck February 11, 2020 (4:10 pm)

        Very minor in comparison, but they should tack on a false reporting charge. 

  • Joan February 11, 2020 (4:58 pm)

    So sorry to read this. Disappointed. I once knew Hirakawa, briefly, but thought he was a really good guy. I thought he had better judgment than that.

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