Attack On Homeless In Ballard, Gang Member Charged In Gun Case

Today in Fuzz: Man beaten near Seattle University, attack on homeless in Ballard, gang member charged for trying to hit cops with car, and man charged in Northgate rape case.

1) A 25-year-old man was beaten unconscious in a fight near Seattle University early Thursday morning. According to police, the man was out celebrating a friend’s birthday at bars near 12th and Jefferson around midnight, when he got into an argument with another man out on the street.

During the dispute, the suspect hit the victim with a blunt object, knocking him out. The suspect then ran off.

When police arrived, they found a brick laying next to the unconscious victim, and blood coming from his left temple.

Police believe the man sustained a concussion, and medics transported him to Harborview for treatment.

2) A group of homeless men and women were brutally beaten in an apparently random attack in Ballard last Friday.

The group was gathered on 15th Ave. NW and NW 56th St. around 4:00 pm on October 22nd, when a white Volkswagen van drove by and parked about a half-block away.

Four men exited the van a few minutes later and walked up to and attacked the homeless men and women, punching and kicking them before the suspects fled in their fan.

The victims later told police they did not know the men who had attacked them.

Officers were able to track the van to a home, where they found blood on a door handle. The van and its owner were not home at the time.

3) A “well-known violent gang member” is facing charges after he allegedly rammed a police car, and was caught with several guns earlier this month.

According to Seattle Police Department records, police began searching for Deangelo Anthony Saloy, 19, in early October after King County Sheriff’s detectives found an AK-47 in the teen’s bedroom while serving a search warrant.

On October 7th, three detectives in SPD’s gang unit spotted Saloy’s car parked near 46th Ave S. and S. Lucille St., pulled up nearby and waited.

At about 10:40 that night, detectives saw Saloy—a Down With the Crew/Black Gangster Disciple gang member—get into his car, and began following him.

After several blocks, detectives pulled in front of Saloy and shone a spotlight on him, police records say.

Two detectives got out of the car to arrest Saloy, who “quickly accelerated toward them,” according to court records.

As one detective jumped into the back seat of the car to avoid getting hit, Savoy slammed into the detectives’ car, and sped away.

About two weeks later, police again tracked Savoy to a home on Seward Park Ave. S. and S. Kenyon, where he surrendered to gang detectives. Officers searched the home and found a shotgun—which had its serial number removed and trigger guard cut off—as well as a rifle stashed in a pillow case, and a .22 caliber pistol.

Court records say Savoy has two prior felonies—for drug and gun possession—as a juvenile.

“Perhaps most troubling, the defendant is a mere 19 years of age,” prosecutors wrote in court documents. “Due to the defendant’s reckless behavior and affinity for firearms, he is a significant threat to commit a violent offense[.]”

Saloy is being held at the King County Jail on $200,000 bail.

4) Prosecutors have filed rape charges against a 31-year-old man suspected of attacking a woman near Northgate.

Court documents say a 22-year-old woman was walking down Northgate Way near Roosevelt Way NE late Friday night when  the assailant, identified as William Akol, chased her down the street, grabbed her by the throat, and threw her in some bushes.

Akol repeatedly told her he wanted some “punani,” and the woman began yelling. Akol put his hand over her mouth, and the woman pleaded with him as he choked her, according to police records.

The woman asked Akol if he had an STD and then “told the suspect that if he was going to rape her that she had a condom in her purse and that he could use it,” police records say.

When he began looking in her purse, the woman was able to run across the street to a convenience store, where a bystander called police.

Shortly thereafter, police found Akol hiding in bushes near the scene.

Two days later, when interviewed by police, Akol offered up a bizarre defense. According to court documents, he “denies assaulting anyone and stated that he was on Rainier Ave. S. when the officers arrested him.”

Court records say Akol  has a long criminal record, including other attacks on women. Akol has five convictions for assault, including one instance where he approached a 19-year-old woman on Yesler and Broadway and told her that if she didn’t have sex with him, he would kill her. Akol then punched the woman in the face three times. In another incident a month earlier, Akol approached a woman in downtown Seattle, and grabbed her genitals.