- Gaybashing charge: A 22-year-old Auburn man arrested in the Sunday night, August 10th alleged gaybashing at Harvard and Pine has been charged with malicious harassment, the state’s hate crime statute. Ivan Prokhorin faces the charge for his role in allegedly sparking an attack on two men he saw holding hands on Harvard Ave. According to police, Prokhorin, who was with two other males, yelled “Fucking faggots” and followed the two victims to their vehicle carrying an empty Corona bottle. The men told police they grabbed a baseball bat from their own car to defend themselves. “Is there a problem?,” one of the victims asked. “Yes, because you are a fucking faggot,” Prokhorin is alleged to have yelled as he attempted to strike the victims with the bottle but missed and hit the car, shattering the glass. Police say one of other suspects then wrestled away the bat and hit one of the victims several times on the back. The victim was not seriously injured. According to police, the attackers fled in a car but officers located the BMW near 9th Ave and E Alder. There are currently no charges filed against the men who were with Prokhorin.
Conviction in 2008 CD murder: The suspect in a 2008 Central District gang slaying that left a 15-year-old boy dead has been found guilty of murder. D’Angelo Saloy was arrested in 2012 — four years after the Halloween night shooting death of teenager Quincy Coleman outside the Garfield Community Center. Saloy was found guilty Monday of two counts of murder in the slaying of the rival gang member during a wave of violence in the Central District and South Seattle. He faces a sentence of nearly 60 years in prison for the crime.
- Broadway E apartment gun incident: An argument with a boyfriend that lead a man to fire of a shot inside a 1100 block Broadway E apartment brought a huge police response to the area Sunday night. Reader Tom provided these pictures and a few details:
Our neighborhood was filled with at least ten police cars and about 40 police officers on foot…..6 of them with sniper rifles all aimed at the apartment building. There were floodlights everywhere. it was quite a scene.
According to police, officers were dispatched to the area around 9:15 PM to a report of a single gunshot inside the building and a suspect described only as a white male in his 20s wearing only underwear and last seen in the bathroom cleaning his gun. Police arrived to find the man’s boyfriend outside the apartment who explained that he and the suspect had been arguing. The man told police his boyfriend had fired off a shot as the argument escalated. The suspect eventually exited the building and surrendered to police. He was arrested and booked into jail for investigation of felony domestic violence harassment.
- Broadway Grill hacker case update: A judge has denied a request to allow alleged Russian hacker Roman Seleznev to be released on bond. Here’s a statement from the DOJ on the latest in the case of the man alleged to be responsible for a string of data breaches targeting area restaurants including Capitol Hill’s Broaday Grill:
Accused Russian hacker ROMAN SELEZNEV was ordered detained in federal custody today pending trial scheduled for October 2014. SELEZNEV’s attorneys had asked the court to release him to a furnished apartment in Seattle on a $1 million bond secured by $100,000 in cash, and to essentially place him on house arrest with electronic home monitoring and no access to computers. Magistrate Judge James P. Donohue rejected the defense proposal, however, noting that SELEZNEV has no ties to the Western District of Washington, was a frequent international traveler, has large amounts of money in bank accounts around the world, and is computer savvy enough to create false identity documents which would allow him to flee. “Today was another important step in ensuring the charges against this defendant are tried in this community,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. “The defendant is entitled to every protection offered by our system, but will be afforded no special privileges. Our investigation into the scope of defendant’s actions is ongoing.” During the hearing, prosecutors revealed that a laptop computer seized from SELEZNEV at the time of his arrest contains 2.1 million stolen credit card numbers. The forensic analysis of the computer also shows that in the days before his arrest SELEZNEV was searching the electronic filing system for the United States federal courts looking for his name or online nicknames in any federally filed cases.