March 5th, 2014 by Doree
The King County Prosecutor today charged 17-year-old Byron Keith Alonzo White with first degree murder with a firearm enhancement in the death of David Peterson in Greenwood on Feb. 23. White was charged as an adult “under a state law that provides for automatic adult prosecution for 16 and 17-year-old juveniles who commit serious violent offenses,” according to the prosecutor’s office.
According to charging documents, White allegedly approached Peterson and tried to steal his cellphone. After a brief struggle, Peterson was able to keep control of the cellphone and the defendant walked away. When Peterson called 911 to report the robbery attempt, the defendant walked back to Peterson and confronted him. He then allegedly shot Peterson in the chest, took the victim’s cellphone and left. The defendant was arrested last weekend at SeaTac airport before he could board a flight to Atlanta.
Prosecutors also charged the defendant with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree, based on his age, and Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree. If convicted as charged, the sentence range, which includes the firearm enhancement, is 27 to 35 years in prison.
The defendant remains in custody with bail set at $2 million. He will be arraigned on March 17 at 9 a.m. in courtroom GA at the Maleng Regional Justice Center.
Members of Sanctuary Church in Greenwood have organized a memory walk in Peterson’s honor starting at 8 p.m. this Sunday. The walk begins at the Green Bean Coffeehouse, 8525 Greenwood Ave. N. Bring a flashlight or candle. When the walk gets to the murder scene at North 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW there will be a moment of silence. The walk will end back at the Green Bean around 9 p.m. They’ve also set up a Facebook page for the event.
Peterson’s family has set up an account at Verity Credit Union to help his wife, Kimberly Peterson, cover funeral and other expenses. Donations can be made by check or cash at any Verity Credit Union or at any other credit union in the Shared Banking Credit Union Network. The account is in Kimberly Peterson’s name, savings account 6643880.
Update: I’ve been reviewing the charging documents for more information.
According to police, White tried to rob Peterson of his cell phone, but couldn’t get it away from him. Peterson then called 911 to report the attempted robbery, and White overheard him and came back, shooting him once in the chest at point-blank range with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and took the cell phone. White later allegedly told friends at a house five blocks from the scene that he’d shot Peterson, showed them his cell phone, and complained that it wasn’t as nice as he had hoped.
Police searched that residence but did not find the gun or phone.
White was arrested at Sea-Tac Airport last Saturday just before boarding a plane for Atlanta. According to the charging documents, White admitted to homicide detectives that he’d shot Peterson and took his phone.
Tags: Byron White, crime, David Peterson, Greenwood murder, homicide, murder
March 3rd, 2014 by Doree
The King County Prosecutor’s Office says the 17-year-old suspect in the murder of David Peterson in Greenwood on Feb. 23 has been ordered held in secure detention until a charging decision has been made. The suspect waived his appearance at today’s hearing in juvenile court. The prosecutor has until Wednesday to file formal charges.
Tags: crime, Greenwood homicide, homicide, King County Prosecutors Office, murder
February 28th, 2014 by Doree
Two Whitman Middle School students say they had a creepy encounter with a man in a yellow sports car who tried to get them to pet his dog this afternoon.
T told me the man first approached them around NW 83rd Street and 13th Avenue NW as they were walking home to Phinney Ridge. He was parked in the middle of the street and his dog was sitting on the sidewalk. The man told them they could pet his dog, and then asked them to bring his dog to the car. The boys didn’t respond and walked away.
They later saw the same man driving slowly near them at NW 75th Street and 11th Avenue NW. The boys had just met up with a friend who told them the same car had followed him as he walked home from St. John’s Catholic School in Greenwood on Thursday. The boys ran to a nearby home and the car sped away.
The man is described as white, in his 20′s or 30′s, short hair, and wearing an orange and silver shirt and orange and silver hat.
Did anyone else encounter this man?
February 24th, 2014 by Doree
Update Monday 7 p.m.: KING 5 has a report tonight that says David Peterson’s wife last saw him as he left for his nightly walk on Sunday.
Update 2:10 p.m.: Seattle Police say they are looking for three suspects in last night’s shooting death of a man in a parking lot near the Greenwood Fred Meyer and Bartell Drugs, just north of North 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW. According SPD, the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area before the shooting.
Here’s the updated SPD Blotter post:
A man was found shot to death in a North Seattle parking lot last night. On 2/23/14, just shortly before 9:00 p.m., 9-1-1 received calls of shots fired in the area of N. 85th and 1st NW.
When officers arrived on scene they found an adult male victim seated in his car in a parking lot, with a single gunshot wound to his body. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Seattle Fire. The suspects were seen running away from the area. Detectives believe robbery was the motive in this shooting.
The suspects are described as (1) black male, 20-30 years old, 5’10 tall, thin build, wearing a Northface jacket. (2) Black male, short. (3) White female.
Detectives would like to talk to anyone who may come in contact with these suspects. Investigators believe the suspects may have been committing robberies in the area prior to the shooting incident.
Anyone with information about this incident or the suspects’ whereabouts, is asked to call the Seattle Police tip line at 233-5000. Anonymous tips are welcome.
Also, The Seattle Times has identified the victim as 54-year-old David L. Peterson.
Update 6:55 a.m.: Seattle Police Detective Renee Witt told me this morning that the shooting happened in the Fred Meyer parking lot. She is expecting updated information from homicide detectives later today, and we’ll post that as soon as we get it.
Earlier: Seattle Police report that a man was shot and killed in a parking lot at North 85th Street and 1st Avenue NW around 9 p.m. Sunday night.
From the SPD Blotter:
A man was found shot to death in a parking lot in North Seattle. On 2/23/14, just shortly before 9:00 p.m., 9-1-1 received calls of shots fired in the area of N. 85th and 1st NW.
When officers arrived on scene they found the adult male victim seated in his car in a parking lot in the area. The victim sustained one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by Seattle Fire. The suspect, described as an unknown race male was scene running away from the area . It is believed that a robbery preceded the shooting.
Homicide and CSI detectives responded and will process the scene.
Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.
We will update this post as we get more information.
Tags: crime, homicide, murder
February 19th, 2014 by Doree
Jenny tells us she found a blue denim polka-dot bag at North 64th Street and Dayton Avenue North on Monday. Clothes and food items were found out of the bag. There was broken glass in the bottom of the bag that is likely from a broken car window. If you think the bag and items are yours, call Jenny at 206-799-5503.
Update: Debby says the empty bags were found. Earlier: Debby says her friend’s car was broken into at North 78th Street and Greenwood Avenue North on Sunday. “They took a couple bags and left a big rock and a lot of broken glass. We are hoping the thieves took the stuff and tossed the bags. If anyone sees a white LLBean bag with the name Marilyn on it or a purple backpack with possibly two library books in it, please let me know.” Email Debby at atcwrites.com.
And Tim just told us someone stole several items from outside his house on North 67th Street, opposite the Phinney Center parking lot, last Wednesday night. The thief/thieves took: a Novara Tronfeo bike; Marin ladies bike; Joe Blow floor pump; Vasque men’s hiking boots and Dansko women’s clogs. If you have any information, please email him at email@example.com.
January 17th, 2014 by Doree
Natosha posted on PhinneyWood’s Facebook page that someone broke into her car on Thursday afternoon while it was still light out. They stole her purse, which had her wallet, checks and phone inside. It happened sometime between 4:40 and 5 p.m. in the parking lot of Phinney Ridge Lutheran at 7500 Greenwood Avenue North.
The credit cards were used immediately at the Fred Meyer on 85th and the QFC on Holman Road. I am hoping that the thief ditched the phone and possibly some of the personal items, wallet, purse etc. en route to Fred Meyer. If anything is found, please turn into the fire department or the police department. Thank you! Possible route along greenwood and 77th.
Tags: crime, stolen
January 5th, 2014 by Doree
Update Jan. 13: The bike was found at the Greenwood Safeway by an eagle-eyed PhinneyWood reader!
Earlier: Someone stole Terra Bella Flowers‘ delivery bike from outside the shop on the corner of Greenwood Avenue North and North 74th Street sometime on Thursday night. Owner Melissa Feveyear tells us the bike was locked up. If anyone sees the beige cruiser bike with white wall tires and a wooden basket, please call the shop at 206-783-0205.
Tags: bike, crime, stolen bike, Terra Bella Flowers
December 27th, 2013 by Doree
Ginny tells us someone used a crowbar to pry open her back door to burglarize her home near 3rd Avenue NW and NW 73rd Street sometime around Christmas. The burglar ransacked the guest room, dumping every drawer on the floor, and stole gold jewelry. She said police believe the thief may have been interrupted because electronics in plain sight were not taken.
Did anyone see or hear anything on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or the day after?
Tags: burglary, crime
December 26th, 2013 by Doree
Seattle Police say a man with a knife robbed the QFC on Holman Road in Crown Hill/Greenwood on Tuesday morning.
From the SPD Blotter:
A knife-wielding man remains at large after robbing a QFC in North Seattle early this morning.
On December 24th at approximately 1:55 a.m. officers responded to the QFC located in the 9900 block of Holman Road NW for the report of a shoplift that had escalated into a robbery. Preliminary investigation indicates that a female employee had been stocking shelves near the automotive aisle when she noticed the male suspect loading several items into a QFC hand basket. The employee engaged the suspect in conversation and became suspicious of him based on some of the things he said to her. The employee followed the suspect towards the check-out stations. The employee observed the suspect walk past all of the check-out stations and out the front door of the store without paying.
The employee confronted the suspect and asked him if he would like her to cash out the items in his basket. The suspect turned toward her and brandished a 6-inch blade knife and yelled at her to stay away from him. At that point the employee backed away from the suspect and watched him get into a maroon, older model Toyota Camry and drive away. The employee was not injured during the confrontation.
Responding officers conducted an area search for the suspect and suspect vehicle however, they remain at large.
The suspect stole cans of transmission fluid, stain remover, motor oil and other miscellaneous automotive products.
The suspect is described as a white male, 18 to 22 years old, 5’10″ tall, 170 pounds, sandy-colored hair, clean shaven and last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, and blue jeans.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect or his vehicle is asked to call 911 or Seattle Police and refer to this incident. Anonymous tips are welcome.
This remains an active and on-going investigation.
Tags: crime, QFC
December 26th, 2013 by Doree
Det. Cary Coblantz of the Shoreline Police Department asked us to thank all the PhinneyWood and My Ballard readers who have emailed information and tips after two suspects were caught in a stolen car full of packages stolen from Ballard-area homes.
Det. Coblantz said nearly every item police recovered has been identified and returned to its rightful owner. He only has a few pairs of shoes and a few cooking items left. He asks that people STOP emailing him to enquire about any other items they may have had stolen. Det. Coblantz said he has fielded well over 1,000 emails in this case and has tried to respond to every one.
“I would like to thank the community members who stepped up and helped out, it will make the difference between nothing happening and suspect(s) being held accountable and serving time in jail and/or prison,” he wrote in an email. “If anyone has any information about people involved, video footage from their home systems, or information about witnesses please do continue to contact me. “
Det. Coblantz’s email is Cary.Coblantz@kingcounty.gov.
Tags: crime, package theft
December 19th, 2013 by Doree
Shoreline Police Det. Cary Coblantz says his department arrested two suspects in a Ballard-area package theft case, but they know there is another active group in our area still stealing packages right off people’s doorsteps.
Shoreline Police arrested a man and a woman on Dec. 12 after a high-speed car chase that began on Interstate 5 near the 175th Street exit, and ended in a residential neighborhood after the suspects drove onto a dead-end street. Det. Coblantz says the suspects jumped out of a stolen dark gray Jetta as it was still moving and ran off. The car ran into a garage door, ending up several feet into the garage. The suspects were caught after a short foot chase, and were arrested and booked on probable cause for possession of a stolen vehicle, and pending investigation of possession of stolen property. The male remains in jail on $75,000 bail. The woman was released pending further investigation.
Dozens of stolen items were found in the car, most from the Ballard area and some of it has been reunited with its intended recipient or sent back to the shipper, but Det. Coblantz says they have exhausted all attempts to find the owners of the remaining 52 items. If you were a victim of package theft in the Ballard-Phinney area from late November to Dec. 12, email a detailed list of what you’re missing to Det. Coblantz at Cary.Coblantz@kingcounty.gov. (Note: Do not email him about package thefts in a different time frame or different location, as they are not related to this investigation.)
“The property portion of this case is active and ongoing,” Det. Coblantz said.
(Disclosure: I am a party to this case and interviewed Det. Coblantz for this story after giving my statement today.)
Tags: crime, package theft, Shoreline Police
December 18th, 2013 by Doree
Update Thursday: Here’s the link to Q13 Fox’s news segment on the stolen items recovered.
Update: Det. Coblantz was interviewed by Q13 today for a story airing tonight during the 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts. Their video will show the remaining stolen items. If you see what you believe are your stolen items, then please email Det. Coblantz at Cary.Coblantz@kingcounty.gov.
He said he can’t keep up with the hundreds of emails that have come in today, including many from people who are asking about items stolen years ago, so please only email if your packages were stolen in late November/early December. The suspects were arrested Dec. 12.
Earlier: Det. Cary Coblantz in the Criminal Investigations Unit of the King County Sheriff’s Office/Shoreline Police is looking for anyone in the neighborhood who believes they had a package stolen in the last few weeks by a man and woman driving a gray four-door sedan. The two were arrested in Shoreline after a car chase, and the man is still in custody. Det. Coblantz said he has a large amount of stolen items to be reunited with owners. You can email him a list of your missing items; if he has a match to recovered items, he’ll get back to you.
His email is Cary.Coblantz@kingcounty.gov. If anyone witnessed the suspected thieves, he’d like to get your statement and have you look at some photos.
Det. Coblantz said he is fielding about 100 calls a day on this and another case, so please email instead of calling, and he won’t have time to call back if he doesn’t have a match to your stolen items.
Tags: crime, package theft, Shoreline Police