Officers patrolling a West Seattle shopping area arrested a man and recovered a firearm after he attempted to flee when they recognized that he had warrants.
Officers patrolling Westwood Village as a part of an ongoing effort to curb car break-ins and auto theft spotted a vehicle they recognized that had in the past been used by a warrant suspect. The officers did a records check and found the 29-year-old warrant suspect had over $60,000 in outstanding warrants, so they waited for the man to return.
The suspect returned a minute later, drink in hand, and was approached by police. The suspect dropped his beverage, turned and ran away. The suspect slipped and fell less than a block away and was taken into custody.
Officers searched the man’s backpack and discovered a Rock Island Armory 1911 .45 handgun. The suspect did not possess a concealed weapons permit and the gun was placed into evidence. Officers also found credit cards not belonging to him, lock picks, and shaved keys.
Officers booked the man into King County Jail for his warrants and unlawful possession of a firearm. Police will continue to work with Prosecutor’s office to determine if any additional charges will be filed.