Seattle police are now searching for Ahmed Mohamed and Jonathan Baquiring after DNA recently linked the two men to the attack in which a 16-year-old boy was robbed, taunted with racial insults, burned with a lit cigarette and punched repeatedly. Mohamed, 22, and Baquiring, 21, each were charged Monday with first-degree robbery and malicious harassment, the state’s hate-crime statute.
King County Deputy Prosecutor Samantha Kanner said in charging paperwork that she is seeking to have the men held in jail on $500,000 bail once they are arrested.
The victim, Shane McClellan, said he was walking home around 2 a.m. when two men, whom he described as a black man and a Filipino, asked him for a light.
He said the two men then robbed him and beat him for four hours, whipping him with his own belt while saying things like, “How do you like it, white boy?” and “This is for enslaving our people,” according to the police report.