Yesterday we picked up a fresh batch of police reports, and as I was cruising through them I found one related to the shooting last Thursday in Judkins Park. It turns out that the suspect in the shooting was not arrested for the shooting itself, but for narcotics possession.
Here’s the narrative from the report:
On [8/14/08 at 14:59pm] we spotted [the suspect] walking northbound on 28 Ave S approaching S King St on the west side of the street. [The suspect] was allegedly involved in another incident [the shooting] in which he was implicated as the suspect. We stopped and detained him at this location. We were told by Gang Unit Detectives Cobane and Hughey to transport [the suspect] to the SJC for questioning. Officer Byrd searched [the suspect] prior to transport and located a clear plastic baggie containing small white rocks consistent, based on my training and experience, with the appearance of crack-cocaine. We transported [the suspect] to the SJC and released him to the custody of Gang Unit detectives.
At the SJC, I field-tested the suspected crack-cocaine in accordance with WSP Crime Lab protocols. It field tested positive for cocaine and weighed 5.9 grams, a street value of $590. The suspected crack cocaine was packaged and submitted to evidence.
Although there is no concrete information tying the suspect to a particular gang, 28th & King is just a block south of the Deuce 8 gang’s hangout at 28th & Jackson.
The report describes the suspect as a 15 year old black male, 5’6″, 140 lbs, with hair braided in corn rows. His residence is located in the 900 block of 28th Ave S.
We’ve got a call into the county prosecutor’s office to see if we can get any updates on charges against the suspect, and will update this when we learn more.
Update: We started a separate story about the charging: http://www.centraldistrictnews.com/2008/08/20/15-year-old-ch