Police say the 19-year-old man confided in a handful of people that he was responsible for fatally shooting another man in West Seattle on Sept. 19, according to criminal charges filed in the case.
An anonymous tip led to the capture Wednesday of the suspected gunman accused of participating in an ambush killing of a West Seattle man on a residential street last month.
Abel Linares-Montejo was in some kind of dating relationship with his co-defendant, Anna Kasparova, 21, according to the criminal charges.
She was arrested at her mother’s Burien home the morning after 25-year-old Edixon Velasquez was fatally shot outside his house in the 8100 block of 31st Avenue Southwest on Sept. 19, according to King County prosecutors.
Kasparova, who police say denied knowing the gunman, was charged with first-degree murder and remains jailed in lieu of $1 million bail.
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Linares-Montejo was charged Friday with first-degree murder, with bail also set at $1 million, jail and court records show.
In the weeks since Velasquez’s death, someone called in a tip to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound and identified Linares-Montejo as the gunman who shot Velasquez in the chest and right leg, charging papers say. A handful of other people also came forward and told Seattle police homicide detectives that Linares-Montejo, whose last known address is in Bonney Lake, had confided in them that he had shot and killed Velasquez, the charges say.
Velasquez was lured out of his house by Kasparova, his ex-girlfriend, after she had phoned him and said she urgently needed to see him, say the charges.
Velasquez was gone only a couple of minutes before his roommates heard a gunshot, the charges say.
One of the roommates went outside and saw Kasparova get into her car, which was parked outside the house, and drive off. He then saw Velasquez lying in the street.
Police obtained video-surveillance footage from one of Velasquez’s neighbors that showed Velasquez exiting his house and getting into the driver’s seat of Kasparova’s car as she inexplicably crossed the street and appeared to take cover behind a parked vehicle, say charging papers.
At that point, a man in a hooded sweatshirt approached the woman’s car, opened the driver’s door and pulled Velasquez from the vehicle.
“There appears to be barely a struggle, as Velasquez falls to the ground,” the detective wrote in charging papers.
The charges seem to indicate that the camera angle didn’t capture the actual shooting.