Man Accused of Murdering 18 Year Old Kent Woman Shot and Injured by Jail Guards During Hospital Escape

King County Jail officers shot and injured a fleeing murder suspect after he escaped from custody at Harborview Medical Center earlier this morning.

The suspect, a 19 year old man, was under guard at Harborview Medical Center when he fled and ran out the hospital doors at around 10:14 a.m. The man has been accused of shooting and killing an 18 year old woman on a Kent trail just weeks ago.

The guards chased him, but were not able to capture him. One guard shot the suspect at 8th and Yesler, and jail staff placed him back into custody at that time.

The suspect was transported back to Harborview Medical Center and is receiving emergency care for non-life threatening injuries.

Seattle Police are on scene and have agreed to conduct the preliminary investigation.

King County Jail staff will conduct their own internal, administrative investigation regarding this incident.

For media inquiries regarding King County Jail policies and procedures, please contact King County Jail Captain Lisa Manning.

Detectives Looking to Identify Suspect That Stole Occupied Vehicle

Robbery detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect that stole a vehicle from Capitol Hill with a 16-year-old girl inside, before leaving her and the vehicle abandoned in the International District Friday morning.

The incident began shortly before 10:00 am Friday at 10th Avenue East and East Howe Street.  The owner of the vehicle was nearby exercising while her 16-year-old daughter was asleep in the running, unlocked BMW.  The suspect got into the vehicle and drove away toward the International District.  The girl was able to communicate with her mother via text and the mother called 911.

A short time later, the suspect dropped the girl off near Kobe Park, and she was able to call her mother and tell her where she was.  Officers responded to the park where the located the girl.  She was not harmed.  While officers were there, 911 received calls about an abandoned BMW left running in a parking lot in the 300 block of South Maynard Street.

Officers conducted an area search and a K-9 team conducted a track, but the suspect was not located.  However, surveillance cameras from nearby businesses captured the suspect’s image.  Detectives believe the suspect is a white male, between 25-35 years old, 5’8″ tall, medium build.  He was wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, blue Seattle Marnier’s cap, and grey sweatpants and black tennis shoes.  The suspect later removed his sweatshirt revealing a navy blue t-shirt.

Detectives responded to conduct interviews and process the scene.

If you recognized this individual, please contact Detective Magan in the Seattle Police Robbery Unit at (206) 684-5540.

Detectives Investigating Capitol Hill Stabbing

Detectives are investigating after a man was stabbed in the Capitol Hill neighborhood Tuesday morning.

An employee at a coffee shop called 911 Tuesday morning when a 26-year-old man walked into their shop in the 100 block of Broadway with what appeared to be multiple stab wounds.  The manager provided first aid to the victim until police arrived and took over.  Medics arrived soon after and rushed the victim to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses told officers they heard an argument between the victim and unidentified person in a nearby alley shortly before the stabbing occurred.  The witnesses said they saw a man running from the alley and described him as 6 feet tall, approximately 175 pounds, wearing a blue baseball cap, and possibly of Hispanic or Indian descent.

Officers spoke with the victim who refused to cooperate with officers during the interview.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call the tipline at 206-233-5000

Officers Arrest Man in First Hill Neighborhood for Attempted Kidnapping

Officers arrested a man for kidnapping after he attempted to snatch a child from a First Hill apartment building.

A father called 911 just before 10 p.m. Saturday to report a man had just attempted to kidnap his child.  The man told officers that the child had been playing in the breezeway of their apartment building in the 100 block of Boren Avenue when an unknown man walked up to the child, picked him up, and began to run away.  The parent began yelling at the suspect who was approximately 125 feet away when the suspect dropped the child and continued to flee.

The father provided officers with a description of the suspect and within three minutes they were able to find the suspect and take him into custody.

Officers booked the suspect into King County Jail for investigation of kidnapping.

Detectives Seek Assistance After DNA Evidence Links Three Unsolved 2014 Sexual Assaults

Detectives are attempting to identify a suspect after DNA testing at the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab identified a link in three separate reported rapes on Capitol Hill in 2014.

The three assaults were reported to police in February and July of 2014. Three women reported that they had walking alone around 2 or 3 am on Capitol Hill when a man pulled up in a dark colored Ford or Chevy SUV and offered them a ride.

At the time of the initial investigation in 2014, detectives were unable to identify a suspect due to varying descriptions from the victims, or establish a conclusive link between the three cases. However, with new DNA evidence, investigators now believe one man is responsible for all three incidents.

In early 2015, Seattle police submitted DNA evidence to the crime lab. In late 2017, the lab linked the unidentified suspect’s DNA profile to the three 2014 cases. After receiving notification from the Crime Lab, a Seattle Police Department detective re-interviewed each of the victims and obtained further details and information, furthering investigators’ belief that a single unknown suspect was responsible for the crimes.

During the additional interviews in 2018, the victims provided additional information indicating the assaults took place in the SUV in the Miller Park Community Center parking lot. One of the victims was also able to provide enough detailed information for a forensic sketch. The suspect was described as a Middle Eastern male, in his late 20s to early 30s, shorter than 6 feet tall with a thin to average build and dark complexion. The suspect spoke with an accent.

SPD’s Crime Analysis Unit has conducted a review to search for additional cases that match the profile of these assaults. None have been found at this time and no other cases have been linked through DNA.

Anyone with information on this individual is urged to contact the Seattle Police Department’s Sexual Assault Unit at (206) 684-5575.