The man arrested Thursday on suspicion of killing Justin Ferrari at MLK and Cherry in May has been identified as Andrew Jermain Patterson, 20. He was charged with second degree murder Friday and is being held on $2 million bail. If convicted, he could face 15-23 years in prison, Seattle Times reports.
According to Patterson’s MySpace page (which has not been updated for a couple years) he is from “cherry 31st” but moved to Federal Way. Court documents show a range of past offenses both as a juvenile and an adult.
From the Times:
According to court records, Patterson has an arrest record that includes juvenile charges for third-degree theft, residential burglary and criminal trespass. He has never been convicted of a felony as an adult in King County, although he was arrested in April 2011 for possession of a controlled substance. The charge was reduced to misdemeanor criminal solicitation, court records show.
The documents say that Patterson, who was then 18, had raw and bloody knuckles when he was arrested for participating in a series of fistfights in downtown Seattle, according to the probable-cause statement in the case. When he was arrested, officers found 12 Ecstasy tablets in his basketball shorts and he told them he took the drug daily, the statement says.
Most recently, Patterson was charged in Auburn Municipal Court with fourth-degree domestic-violence assault. As part of that case, which is pending, the court ordered him on April 26 not to possess any firearms — one month before the shot that killed Ferrari was fired.
Patterson was arrested at a home in Federal Way after several witnesses descriptions, video surveillance from a bus, cell phone records and information from an informant pointed to him. Suspicious neighbors on 31st Ave, where police served a search warrant Thursday, also may have played a part in the case, though residents at the searched home denied their home was involved:
The neighbor said he had seen a young man at the home who matched a description given out by police after the shooting. He became suspicious and called police, he said, when the man disappeared after the shooting.
“I didn’t see him after that day, but he came back once this week,” the neighbor said.
Residents of the home that was searched on 31st Avenue, who also asked not to be named, denied Patterson had ever been a guest in the home. One resident said the raid on Thursday morning was “a case of mistaken identity.”
Ferrari, who lived with his wife and two children in Madrona, was driving a van westbound on Cherry at MLK May 24 when a bullet struck him in the head and killed him. His children and his parents—visiting from out of town—were in the van with him when he was killed. He died in his father’s arms. He was 42.
UPDATE 1:29pm: From the King County Prosecutor’s Office:
Andrew J. Patterson was charged this morning with Murder in the Second Degree for the May 24 shooting death of Justin Ferrari, who was killed by a stray bullet as he drove through Seattle’s Central District with his family. Patterson, 20, was in a dispute with another individual when he opened fire from across a street. A stray bullet struck Ferrari in the head as he was driving through an intersection with his parents and his two young children in the car. King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg praised the work of Seattle Police detectives Al Cruise and Russ Weklych, and members of the homicide and gang units. “This case is the result of outstanding investigative work by detectives with the Seattle Police Department who were relentless in their pursuit of the suspect,” Satterberg said. Patterson remains in jail on $2 million bail. Prosecutors filed a firearm enhancement with the murder charge, and if convicted as charged, the defendant would face a sentence of 15 to 23 years in prison under state sentencing law. Patterson’s first court appearance will be at arraignment on August 2 at 8:30 a.m. in courtroom 1201 at the King County Courthouse.