Report of Domestic Violence from Ride-Share Driver Leads Police to Felon With Gun, Heroin and Meth

A call from a ride-share driver about domestic violence on a downtown street led police to chase a man through a downtown apartment building and recover a gun, heroin and meth on Thursday.

The ride-share driver called 911 shortly before 7:30 PM and reported seeing a man hitting a woman on the street in the 100 block of Pine Street.

Officers arrived and learned the suspect had gone inside a nearby apartment building and spotted him in the foyer. The suspect got onto an elevator and headed for the fifth floor, with officers following behind him.

When officers arrived on the fifth floor of the building, they quickly found the suspect, who took off running down a stair well.

As he ran down the stairs, the man dropped a gun and several bottles of narcotics, which were all recovered by police.

Upon reaching the bottom of the stairs, the suspect tried to exit out of a door onto 1st Avenue, only to find the door was stuck–blocked by an officer, who had braced himself against it on the other side.

Police arrested the 27-year-old man and recovered a handgun, 129 grams of meth, 35 grams of heroin and $702 in cash.

Officers also contacted the victim in the incident and provided her with information about resources for victims of domestic violence.

The suspect–who has a previous conviction for unlawful possession of a firearm and was wanted on a warrant for the same crime when he was arrested on Thursday–was booked into the King County Jail for his warrant, narcotics possession and another firearms violation.