Police Arrest Man In South Carolina For Double Murder In Seattle
June 15, 2017
(GREENVILLE, S.C.) -- The long arm of Seattle's law, bolstered by a bit of DNA has reached across the expanse of the country to arrest a suspect in a 2016 double murder in the Emerald City.
Chronicle file photo of criminal suspect being arrested.
Seattle Police say DNA evidence led SPD Homicide detectives to a person of interest and then to the ultimate arrest of a 46-year-old man in South Carolina this week in connection with the murders at a Belltown apartment last year, according to an SPD statement issued Wednesday.
On January 25, 2016, Seattle police responded to the Bell Tower apartment complex in the 2200 block of 1st Avenue after receiving a request to check on a tenant. Officers went inside the apartment and found two men, 65 and 58 years old, dead inside.
The King County Medical Examiner ruled the deaths as homicides.
SPD Homicide detectives have been investigating the case ever since that discovery and they got a break in the case recently when they received a notification from the nationwide Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), which linked some DNA collected at the Belltown crime scene to a potential suspect.
The CODIS notification identified a 46-year-old man — who recently provided a DNA sample as part of an unrelated felony case in Greenville County, South Carolina — as a match for DNA evidence collected in the Belltown case.
Earlier this week, on June 12th SPD detectives flew to South Carolina where, with the assistance of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, SPD's Real Time Crime Center and King County Prosecutors, they were able to track down and interview the man.
They have since identified him as the suspect in the Belltown double homicide.
Police are now working with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to charge and extradite him back to Seattle to face charges.