Seattle Police have released new information in an unsolved Capitol Hill murder including surveillance video showing the victim just moments before he was shot and left dying on the Harvard Ave sidewalk behind Seattle Central Community College — and what is believed to be the suspect’s getaway car speeding away from the scene.
The scenes caught on the school’s cameras do not directly show the suspect but in one segment provided by police, the single muzzle flash of the shot that killed 49-year-old Darek Darewski can clearly be seen through the college’s windows. In another, Darewksi is seen walking on Harvard Ave and stopping to light a cigarette just prior to the shooting.
Darewski died of his wounds at the scene as police attempted to resuscitate him. Police have not yet provided any possible motivation for the crime though more information should be released later today. The incident came just two weeks after Darewski served one day in jail following his guilty plea in a 2010 harassment case stemming from an incident at a Seattle sobering center. He pleaded guilty in early January to the harassment charge and was sentenced to the single day in King County Jail and 24 months of community custody.
Darewski’s last known address at the time of the November 2010 incident was a low-income housing facility in Pioneer Square. Police say he was also a part-time Alaskan fisherman.
In the Tuesday, January 17 homicide, police found Darewksi dying on the sidewalk in the 1700 block Harvard Ave around 11:16p behind Seattle Central with a single gunshot wound to the chest.
Witnesses offered differing accounts of a vehicle seen in the area at the time of the shooting. One vehicle has been described as a white Crown Victoria with a wood or dark brown interior that looked like an “old style” police cruiser. Meanwhile, another witness reports seeing a car that looked more like a KIA.
The video clips released today show a vehicle most similar to the larger car description arriving in the area before speeding away minutes later.
If you recognize the vehicle or have information to add, call the Seattle Police Homicide Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.