CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: 3 suspects jailed in Don Armeni robbery/Delridge crash case

(Sunday night photo of Delridge/Genesee crash scene sent by Kellan)

11:15 AM: We’ve obtained the court documents from bail hearings for two of the three suspects jailed after the two-scene Sunday night incident that started with an armed robbery and gunfire at Don Armeni Boat Ramp and ended with the suspects’ car crashing into the bottom of the Delridge/Genesee stairway. More details are likely to emerge if and when they are charged later this week, but here’s what the probable-cause documents say happened:

The victim, a 55-year-old man, was sitting in his pickup truck at Don Armeni when three men approached, knocked on his window, and demanded he give them his wallet, money, and cellphone. One of them “pulled out a firearm, identified as a black and gray semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine, and pointed it at” the victim, then threatened to kill him unless he handed over the aforementioned items. The three then opened the victim’s vehicle door and took his wallet from his pocket and his phone from the center console. They then backed away, and the one with the gun fired a shot into the air before the three ran back to their car, then another as they ran. They left in the car, described as a black 2016 Chevrolet Impala, driven by the robber who had the gun. Meantime, a 20-year-old man who was nearby when all this happened took phone photos of the fleeing robbers. That helped police identify them after they were caught following the Delridge/Genesee crash (the circumstances of which are not detailed in this document, which just says the three “were later apprehended and placed into custody after fleeing from officers”).

Bail for the 29-year-old Kent man described as having and using the gun is set at $265,000, including $15,000 for previous property-crime cases outside Seattle. Bail for the 18-year-old Renton man who also had a hearing Monday is set at $50,000. The third suspect, a 20-year-old man, is likely to appear today.

ADDED 9:18 PM: Bail for that third suspect was set at $175,000.

18 Replies to "CRIME WATCH FOLLOWUP: 3 suspects jailed in Don Armeni robbery/Delridge crash case"

  • Question Authority October 11, 2022 (11:52 am)

    Just wonderful, sitting in a park enjoying the scenery and a gun gets put in your face.  That’s not random, that’s premeditated to take what’s not yours using violence because your a thugging loser.

  • Question Authority October 11, 2022 (11:59 am)

    I certainly hope the car was owned by the robber and not stolen,  for simple double payback reasons. 

    • WSB October 11, 2022 (12:27 pm)

      That’s a question I asked police and did not get an answer to (also whether the gun was stolen) – if either of those cases apply, it’ll likely be in the charging documents.

  • WseaRes October 11, 2022 (12:01 pm)

    Wonder what the appeal is for them to bring their criminal behavior into Seattle city limits when it states they are residents of surrounding cities. Glad the victim wasn’t hurt or killed in this senseless criminal act! A wallet, cell phone & money isn’t worth your life, hand it over and let the police handle it from there unless you carry a firearm then defend yourself. Hope for once the judges who handle these cases actually hold them in jail long term and don’t let them out to victimize more innocent civilians. Nice work by SPD and the innocent bystander who thought quickly to take photos ! 

    • TheGunItself October 11, 2022 (1:28 pm)

      Yes, just quickdraw your concealed carry pistol while someone has a gun in your face. That’s going to work out excellently. Better yet, hand over your stuff and then shoot the robber in the back as they are leaving. Both of these options will work out spectacularly for you. Life is a Cowboy movie

    • Jort October 11, 2022 (2:18 pm)

      Have you ever looked at Alki/Harbor Avenues in the summer? What is the “appeal” for people to bring their “criminal behavior” to Seattle? Easy: you can quickly to drive to this location and show off your car. This is what Alki is renowned throughout the region for. How many Alki Beach shootings/robberies/assaults were committed by people who rode a bike, walked or took the bus? Something tells me it’s not going to be a very big number. These are the trade-offs you get when you design your entire city to accommodate cars instead of people and their safety.

      • Mrs. Myrtle October 11, 2022 (5:00 pm)

        I’ve visited many cities in Europe designed around public transportation where the risk of armed assault is significantly higher than Alki. There’s no excuse for what these young men are alleged to have done, regardless of their mode of transportation. 

      • Question Authority October 11, 2022 (5:01 pm)

        Wow, obviously any criminal who thinks biking, walking or riding the bus is the fastest way to leave a crime scene isn’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier.  So are you saying crime would go down if cars didn’t exist in society just because you hate them?

      • Hammer in Hand October 11, 2022 (5:57 pm)

        🤦‍♂️ This did happen because the victim and the perps drove a car. The m/O was robbery it because of the scenery   But Hey the get away car could have used the car pool lane… legally glad the victim is OK

      • 1994 October 11, 2022 (8:53 pm)

        I recall a cell phone robbery on the C line – maybe 4 years ago. Violence happens everywhere regardless of mode of travel, unfortunately, and is not automobile centric.

      • Alki resident October 11, 2022 (9:27 pm)

        Jort when are you selling your car?

    • Scubafrog October 11, 2022 (4:53 pm)

      I’d imagine criminals travel to Seattle to commit opportunist crimes because of its decimated police force.  And, I think KC district judges, and the DA are notoriously lenient whenever they can be.  I’m surprised to see bail set so high for the alleged perps.

      • K October 11, 2022 (6:52 pm)

        Republic, WA has zero sworn officers of their own and no one is flocking there to commit crimes.  People come to Seattle because there are a lot of other people here and a lot of things to do.  It’s not rocket science.  

        • McGruff October 11, 2022 (10:18 pm)

          Just because Republic has no municipal cops doesn’t mean the community has no police. In situations like these police services are handled by the next jurisdiction up the ladder, which would be Ferry County.I also suspect when they catch perps out there, they don’t have a ‘catch and release’ DA.

        • reed October 12, 2022 (4:11 pm)

          Funny you mention that K. The only place in Washington where I’ve had a property crime committed against me (stolen bike) was in Republic. Fortunately for me the idiot who did it was dumb enough to try and sell it for cash  at a gas station just down the road.

  • T Rex October 11, 2022 (1:35 pm)

    I say arm and defend yourself. It may be just a wallet, cell phone and
    money but that is NOT THE POINT.  The police do all they can, they have no
    control over what happens after that. If people start stopping the bad guys
    themselves, maybe the judges and lawyers who help these people get released
    quickly, will go back to when crime was crime and you paid the price. I was raised
    to be a law-abiding citizen. It was simple. AND I was taught to respect our
    offices because they out their life on the line every single solitary day. And
    please don’t preach to me about how I was raised, how they are raised, common
    sense is common sense. You are either TAUGHT to respect the police or TAUGHT
    not to. Major cities who
    supported the defunding of our police thought that would be a good idea. They
    also let them be spat on, cursed at, all the while they were trying to protect people’s
    property during the fiasco “summer of love”.  Many have left,
    transferred to other locations where they do get support, or retired. It is
    a disgrace country wide. And guess what, these low breeds of human beings know
    this, they are familiar with the criminal system that is TODAY and they know
    they will get out. They don’t care about you or your property.

    Do you?

  • Mrs Myrtle October 11, 2022 (4:54 pm)

    Big thank you to the man in the story who took photos and was able to assist in their arrest. Thank you! 

  • Runner October 11, 2022 (5:21 pm)

    If we enforce the speeding and reckless driving laws on Alki, many of the folks that terrorize Alki with speeding and unsafe driving would stop coming here.  

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