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Man arrested in Capitol Hill gunfire incident was wanted on rape charge

(Image: Police Video Requests via YouTube)

(Image: Police Video Requests via YouTube)

The 23-year-old man whose arrest in a gunfire incident was captured on video early Saturday on Capitol Hill also had a warrant out for his arrest for allegedly raping his ex-girlfriend in SeaTac.

According to King County Court documents, Charles Southammavong was charged in July with second degree rape stemming from a May domestic violence incident in his SeaTac home. The victim, Southammavong’s ex-girlfriend, had a protection order against him at the time. Prior to the alleged rape, Southammavong had twice been convicted of domestic violence against the woman, according to court records.

Following his arrest on Saturday, a King County Judge found probable cause to hold Southammavong for unlawful possession of a firearm. He is being held in the King County Jail on $200,000 bail.

A witness told SPD that they saw Southammavong at Harvard and E Pine point a firearm in the air and release three shots, according to SPD reports. Another witness took a photo of Southammavong from his apartment window and showed it to police, which they used to identify the suspect.

At least two people recorded Southammavong’s arrest on Broadway in what was the second of three nights of gunfire incidents around Pike/Pine.

Reports of a man firing shots at Harvard and Pine and possibly in another incident in the Seattle Central parking lot sent police rushing to the area around 12:30 AM. Officers blocked in the suspects vehicle in front of sidewalks full of nightlife crowds and made the arrest without incident.

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