Today in Fuzz: Man tells police Backpage.com escorts set him up in shooting and burglary case; man beaten after trash-talking Occupy Seattle, LA gang member charged in Seattle shooting, Seattle Mariner fatally stabbed in the Netherlands.
1) A man shot outside of a SoDo club last month told police he believed he was attacked and later burglarized after two escorts he’d met on Backpage.com set him up.
According to police, the man was shot in the neck in the early morning hours of October 9 following altercation with five men near 1st Ave. S. and S. Holgate. After the victim woke up in the hospital, one of his friends told him his home in Federal Way had been “ransacked,” and $55,000 worth of uncashed checks and jewelry had been stolen.
According to police records, a week before the shooting, the man had called on ad on Backpage.com and hired two 28-year-old women for two hours for $400.
A week later, the women called the victim and asked if “he wanted to go out with them again.”
The trio met at a sushi restaurant downtown, and after a few drinks the man apparently offered to pay for the group to go to Las Vegas that night.
The man and the women drove to SeaTac, but the airline refused to let the man on the plane because he was too drunk, and refunded the tickets.
The man and women then went back to his home in Federal Way. At the man’s home, one of the women fell out of his truck and face planted, and the man put her to bed in his home.
The man and the other woman went back out to a club in SoDo that night, and were parked on the street when a group of men surrounded the victim’s truck, and one of the men in the group shot the victim in the neck.
When the man spoke with police at the hospital, he said he believed the escorts “may have known the men who shot him and that maybe he was set up to be shot and then burglarized,” police records say, although the man did not have any evidence the women had set him up.
Police contacted the women to talk to them about the case. One of the women showed up for an interview and gave ‘inconsistent” statements about the details of her evening with the man. The other woman—who had stayed at the man’s house when he went out with the second woman—referred police to her attorney.
Police have not made any arrests in the case.
2) A man was badly beaten on Capitol Hill last week after he apparently made disparaging remarks about Occupy Seattle, while standing in front of the group’s camp.
A police report says the man was waiting in line at a hot dog stand on Broadway and E. Pike St. around 1:00 am on November 13 when a man walked up to him and said “oh, you’re back.” A group of four to six people then shoved the victim into the wall and beat him, fracturing his jaw and nose, and leaving him with a black eye, cuts, and stitches.
The victim told police he didn’t recognize the suspects, but told officers he had walked by the Occupy Seattle camp at Seattle Central Community College, and was “loud in expressing his opinion” of Occupy Seattle. The victim said someone had come out of the camp and yelled at him to shut up and leave. The man wasn’t sure if the person who had yelled at him was one of the people who had attacked him a block away from the camp that night.
3) King County prosecutors have charged a member of a Los Angeles-based street gang for shooting another man in the groin in the Central District earlier this month.
Charging documents say the victim was standing near the Parnell’s Market on 23rd Ave. and S. Dearborn St on November 6 when a man, identified as 20-year-old Wayne Richard Dubois, and a woman in a green Ford Crown Victoria drove up to him.
The victim said Dubois accused the victim of taking some money, then got out of the car, pulled out a gun, and shouted “break yourself” before he opened fire, striking the victim in the groin.
The victim identified the gunman as Dubois, and Seattle police were able to track him down with help from the King County Sheriff’s gang unit and Department of Corrections.
When police arrested Dubois in Highpoint in West Seattle, he told detectives he had argued with the victim over money, but denied shooting him.
In court records, prosecutors say Dubois has four prior felonies on his record—drugs, weapons, assault convictions—is on Department of Corrections (DOC) supervision, has “strong ties to gang activities in King County” and is alleged to be a member of the Los Angeles-based “Eastside Bounty Hunters Watts Blood gang,” which has ties to the West Seattle-based West Side Street Mobb gang.
Dubois is being held in the King County Jail on a DOC violation.
4) Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was stabbed to death in the Netherlands early this morning. Police are questioning his brother in the case. From the AP:
Rotterdam Police spokeswoman Patricia Wessels said police were called to a home in the port city in the early hours of the morning and found the 24-year-old Dutch player bleeding from a stab wound.
The officers and ambulance paramedics were unable to resuscitate Halman.
Wessels said the officers arrested Halman’s 22-year-old brother. She declined to give his name, in line with Dutch privacy rules.
“He is under arrest and right now he is being questioned,” Wessels told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “It will take some time to figure out what exactly happened.”