Four adult men charged in connection with armed robberies targeting Asian American homes in south Seattle pleaded not guilty in their arraignment on Thursday.
Background: The suspects, including a 16-year-old male, are accused of at least 14 such robberies that took place between June and September. Most of the victims were elderly Asian Americans.
All five suspects were apprehended on Sept. 27. Police recovered 14 firearms, ammunition, currency and narcotics in the arrests.
Charges: Delauno Habtai, 26; Tyrhone Marr, 32; Demarcus Pate, 28; and Javez Tubbs, 31, have all been charged with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Habtai faces three counts, Marr two and Pate and Tubbs one each.
Juvenile suspect: The 16-year-old suspect has been charged with two counts of first-degree robbery, three counts of first-degree burglary and one count each of attempted first-degree robbery and second-degree theft. He pleaded not guilty on Oct. 2, as per KING 5.
Related case: A fifth adult, Jaqwan Jamison, 23, also pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary for a June 2023 incident in which he allegedly broke into an Asian family’s home in Des Moines, Iowa — along with two others — and forced a woman to open a safe at gunpoint. Jamison is believed to be the brother of the 16-year-old suspect.
What’s next: Prosecutors are still looking into possible additional charges, including hate crimes. All adult suspects are being held on bail, while the 16-year-old is expected to remain in juvenile detention until at least November for his next hearing, according to Komo News.
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