UPDATE: Fauntleroy incident leads to Arbor Heights arrest

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3:52 PM: Lots of questions about this. Police have converged on a car in Arbor Heights, near 35th/Ocean View, to investigate whether it’s linked to an incident in Fauntleroy involving someone in a car with a gun. They’re questioning two people. So far as we’ve heard in monitoring, they’re still trying to sort it all out; the resident who sent the photo says officers told him it started as a domestic-violence incident. The car that was stopped was reported to have two children in it.

(WSB photo)

4:19 PM: One man has been arrested, police tell us at the arrest scene. The original incident, in which a gun was brandished, happened near 45th/Wildwood in Fauntleroy. We don’t know whether a gun was found but officers were bagging various items as apparent evidence. The aforementioned children’s mom was brought to the scene earlier so they are OK.

ADDED THURSDAY 11:18 AM: Here’s the brief initial SPD summary of the incident:

Multiple bystanders in the 9200 block of 46 AV SW attempted to intervene in an in-progress assault. The suspect assaulted the bystanders, then produced a handgun, pointed it at multiple people, and fled in a vehicle with the original victim. Officers located the vehicle and detained all occupants. The suspect was arrested and booked …

The suspect is 21 years old and remains in jail this morning, under investigation for assault and unlawful gun possession, the latter because of an assault conviction – we’re still looking into court records but the docket says he was charged in 2021 and resolved the case with a guilty plea in 2022. As for Wednesday’s arrest, there will likely be a probable-cause hearing this afternoon that would determine whether he remains in custody (an initial decision on charges would be later this week); we’ll be checking with prosecutors on what happens next.

ADDED 11:38 AM: The suspect has an extensive record going back to juvenile cases when he was 15 years old. The 2022 conviction involved a gunfire case in Kent, but he has other gun-related convictions, leading to this passage in the charging documents from that case, in a passage arguing for bail (which at one point in that case was set at $1 million):

The Superior Courts of King and Pierce County have repeatedly ordered the Defendant not to possess firearms and he has violated that order with impunity. There is no expectation that he would follow such an order if released. He not only possesses firearms, he endangers the public by his wanton use of them.

He was sentenced in January 2023 to almost five years in state prison for the Kent case, but that included credit for time already served in county jail. We’ll be checking with the Department of Corrections to see when he was released.

ADDED 12:56 PM: DOC says he was released from prison six weeks ago (and is on “community custody” aka parole currently).

ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT: We haven’t received documents from today’s hearing yet, but the jail docket shows his bail was set at $100,000.

28 Replies to "UPDATE: Fauntleroy incident leads to Arbor Heights arrest"

  • Katie Anderson June 19, 2024 (4:05 pm)

    From 37th and ocean view 

  • Jim June 19, 2024 (4:19 pm)

    Just saw an aid car lights and sirens headed fast onto 46th

    • WSB June 19, 2024 (4:23 pm)

      No one reported to have been injured. One man arrested. What you saw was an SFD response for an unrelated incident at a residence in the 9300 block of California.

      • Jim June 19, 2024 (4:41 pm)

        Okay thank you Sorry for the confusion It can be tricky on the scanner sometimes. You guys really are the best!

  • Niko June 19, 2024 (6:47 pm)

    Any idea if there will be a press briefing from SPD about this? This really freaked my wife out she was out on a walk at the time and is wondering if there’s any more information

    • WSB June 19, 2024 (7:22 pm)

      SPD seldom has ‘press briefings,’ and generally only for major incidents (homicide, for example). I will be asking for followup info when the media liaisons are back in the office tomorrow. The car was being taken to the precinct to await a search warrant; if they found a gun and follow an odd trend the media office has engaged in lately, they’ll post a picture of it to SPD Blotter in a week or two. Anyway, if the person arrested was booked into jail, he likely will have a hearing tomorrow, and that’s another way I might be able to get followup info. – TR

      • Niko June 19, 2024 (9:10 pm)

        That’s sort of what I figured. I just remember last year when that head-on collision happened on Alki that there was one and given that this was such a large police response I wasn’t sure if they would do one or not

  • Megan Shard June 20, 2024 (12:13 am)

    Please update us, as I was drinking coffee and while this altercation took place and saw. It was really scary as this man was violent! Is there any way we can know what happened to the poor kid who was with them?

    • Everett June 20, 2024 (1:02 am)

      Hi Megan (or to anyone who witnessed it). What did the man do exactly when he was around Wildwood/45th? Was he in his car the whole time or running around the area on foot? I live in the area and heard lots of commotion, including a guy yelling “get away from him”, but couldn’t see anything from where my place is. I’m just curious. Thanks!

      • Megan June 20, 2024 (8:24 am)

        Hi EverettThe man who was arrested was yelling at his girlfriend. And then we saw him assault her and punch her. A local owner of a business was getting an order delivered and yelled at this man to stop. The man then turned his violent behavior toward the owner. Another man from across the street also intervened. He started punching everyone who was trying to apprehend him. He then pulled out a gun and everyone stepped away. Cops came immediately after because of the fast actions of a passerby. I’m glad he was arrested. I’m hoping for updates soon!

        • Everett June 20, 2024 (4:02 pm)

          Thanks for the details, Megan. I appreciate it.That sounds scary, and I’m glad everyone is okay.

  • Melinda June 20, 2024 (8:06 am)

    Hi. I would also like to see more information as I am a teacher at a school that is on the same block. We were in full lockdown due to this incident and I am sure the families and other teachers would also like to know, as well. 

  • WSB June 20, 2024 (11:20 am)

    I’ve updated above with what I have so far. Looking into court documents for the past case. Will not know till late today/tonight how the probable-cause hearing turns out.

    • WSB June 20, 2024 (11:39 am)

      And, updated again. The suspect has an extensive record.

      • John June 20, 2024 (1:02 pm)

        Thank you so much for being on this and keeping everyone updated! Hope you had some time to enjoy this nice sunny weather amongst all the research

  • ltfd June 20, 2024 (1:11 pm)

    Repeated violations of the law since 15 years of age, including gun possession violations. The trajectory isn’t hopeful.

    • 1994 June 20, 2024 (10:10 pm)

      Yep, he is living a risky life and that can come with life threatening consequences for himself or others.  I hope his parole gets revoked & he gets sent back to confinement in addition to new charges….a real winner who earned his time for confinement.

  • Mike June 20, 2024 (2:33 pm)

    This sounds horrible, and could easily have led to someone being killed. Now we learn that the suspect has an extensive history of similar behavior, and was sentenced to 5 years incarceration last year??  So why was he out in the community?For those who are constitutionally opposed to any form of incarceration, and who will no doubt cite vague “studies” regarding its ineffectiveness, I submit that some individuals should not be allowed to roam freely within the community.  Including this guy. 

    • WSB June 20, 2024 (3:15 pm)

      As noted, his sentence included credit for time served already. King County Jail’s roster only goes back a year so I don’t know how long that was, without going back to every single document in the extensive case file and looking for clues such as status hearings where they typically mark whether the defendant was in or out of custody. – TR

  • Eric1 June 20, 2024 (3:19 pm)

    If this wasn’t reality, I would ask what kind of joke is this.  Extensive record, previous firearms violations, sentenced to 5 years in 2023 but roaming the streets in 2024.  This is one of those instances where you just need to put him behind bars and throw away the key.  Pulling out a firearm on people trying to stop you from beating a woman is just so wrong.  They were wrong to give him chances when he was a teenager and they were wrong to give him chances as an adult. Time to put an end to this nonsense before he actually kills someone. But considering how he has been treated, someone is going to have to die before they lock him up. 

  • Megan June 21, 2024 (6:44 am)

    Any updates on this man’s hearing? I agree with what I saw Wednesday and how he not only hit a women and multiple men trying to stop him, he was violent toward a kid. And this kid was trying to appease him. That child is who is suffering the most out of all of this. 

  • Megan June 21, 2024 (6:44 am)

    Any updates on this man’s hearing? 

    • WSB June 21, 2024 (9:12 am)

      Not yet, aside from, as noted above, $100K bail – for any other info I am dependent on the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, with whom I’m renewing my inquiry this morning.

  • Kelly June 21, 2024 (11:40 am)

    That bail amount is absurdly low given the prior history and the fact that this involved a firearm!

    • Megan June 23, 2024 (9:40 am)

      Agreed! This is absolutely horrendous. He was violent as all hell, punched strangers, pulled out a GUN, and had kids in the car? That bail is absurd! 

  • Niko June 29, 2024 (9:52 pm)

    They released this guy on Tuesday 

    • WSB June 29, 2024 (10:17 pm)

      No, they did not. He was transferred to SCORE because of the state hold (alleged violation committed while in community custody aka parole). It appears SCORE then released him yesterday, although I’ve noticed in a few past cases that their roster isn’t always accurate in terms of status.

  • anonyme June 30, 2024 (6:32 am)

    Yet again, a gun violation blithely ignored by the courts.  I’m referring to past convictions  where this guy did hardly any time at all.  Crimes committed using guns, or felons in possession of one, should carry mandatory, full sentences, not slaps on the wrist.  I thought such laws existed, but either I’m wrong or they are being ignored.

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