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Tip Leads to Fugitive, Guns In Eastlake

Two AR-15 rifles recovered from the suspects' home.

One day after a press conference detailing the efforts of Seattle Police and federal law enforcement, Seattle Police detectives followed up on information that a violent, possibly armed fugitive was in the Eastlake neighborhood.

Seattle Police moved in after developing a plan to safely apprehend the wanted fugitive.  In the early evening hours of April 19th, officers responded to a quiet neighborhood in the 2300 Block of Minor Avenue East and with the assistance of SWAT, Arson Bomb Squad, Narcotics and patrol officers, safely located and arrested eight people from inside a residence.

One of the men, 27, was wanted on an outstanding federal fugitive warrant as well as local charges. His brother, 33, was also wanted on warrants.  During a search of the residence, detectives located two AR-15 rifles, one equipped with a military-style grenade launcher.  Officers also recovered a large smoke grenade from the residence.

Of the eight suspects arrested, six were interviewed and released, and the two suspects with the warrants were later booked into the King County Jail on a number of charges.  Residents in the area were relieved that these felons and the guns were taken out of the neighborhood.