Road rage incident on Alki, suspect arrested

On April 22nd, just before 7:00 pm, a Southwest Precinct officer working as part of the Alki Emphasis, was flagged down by a motorcyclist at Alki Avenue Southwest and Marine Avenue Southwest.  The complainant stated that just moments earlier a man driving a white Hyundai had intentionally struck his motorcycle as he was attempting to park it in the 2300 Block of Alki.  The victim stated that after intentionally striking his motorcycle, the suspect got out of his car and went to the trunk of his car, where he pulled out a backpack.  As the victim was asking the suspect why he struck his motorcycle, the suspect pulled a handgun out of the backpack.  The victim told officers that he asked the suspect, “Do you really want to go there with your gun?” to which the suspect replied, “Yes, I do.”  The victim later told officers he was afraid he or someone else might get hurt, so he got back on his motorcycle and left southbound on Alki, until he saw the officer and reported the incident.

As the officer was interviewing the victim, the suspect vehicle drove past them on Alki.  The victim pointed out the suspect and told the officer that he believed the gun was in a backpack located on the passenger side of the car.  The officer stopped the suspect vehicle and arrested the driver.  There was a female passenger in the front seat.  The suspect, a 22 year old male, was advised of his rights and stated that he understood them.  He later admitted to owning a gun, but refused to answer any further questions about the incident.  The female passenger was interviewed and released.  The suspect car was impounded, pending a search warrant.  The suspect was later booked into the King County Jail for Investigation of Harrassment and Investigation of Assault.  The victim in this case was not injured, nor was there any damage to his motorocycle.