2 arrested for threatening employees with a fully-automatic handgun in West Seattle

Seattle Police Department

Police arrested two 18-year-olds who threatened employees with a gun at a West Seattle business on Friday.

According to the Seattle Police Department (SPD), at around 1:15 p.m., officers responded to a business near the corner of SW Alaska St. and 40th Ave. SW after a staff member reported the threats.

Employees told police they asked the two suspects to leave, because they didn’t have memberships to their business. The suspects got frustrated; one of them pulled out a gun from his pocket, and the other threatened to kill an employee.

The victims told police where the suspects were headed, and officers quickly spotted their car at a nearby garage exit. Two 18-year-olds in the car were identified and arrested. A third person in the car was released, because officers determined they were uninvolved in the incident. 

Police seized a handgun from the car, which had an extended clip and modifications that made it a fully-automatic weapon. 

The suspect who brandished the weapon was arrested for felony harassment, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of an unlawful weapon and displaying a weapon to intimidate.

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The other suspect was arrested for felony harassment and obstruction, because he kept giving fake names to the police. Additionally, when officer learned his true identity, they learned he had a burglary and robbery arrest warrants.

Both have been booked into the King County Jail.