A 26-year-old man — who has “HATRED” tattooed across his forehead — was booked into jail last week after evading capture for four months on a handful of felony warrants. Police say Kevin Vaughn is associated with an outlaw motorcycle gang that’s operated in Tukwila for years.
Almost a year ago, a Seattle cop arrested a man who turned out to be a 12-time felon after allegedly spotting him popping wheelies on a stolen Suzuki motorcycle along 16th Avenue Southwest in West Seattle.
Charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, Kevin Vaughn posted $50,000 bail in December, failed to show up to court for a hearing in June and posted another bond in July without being booked back into jail, court records show.
Since then, the 26-year-old — who has “HATRED” tattooed across his forehead — has racked up several additional felony charges. He is also considered a person of interest in an August shooting when two men on motorcycles fired at Tukwila police officers from a freeway overpass, police said at the time.
Vaughn is affiliated with the Resurrection Motorcycle Club, which police say is an outlaw motorcycle gang that has operated in Tukwila for years and is involved in vehicle thefts, weapons violations, violent crimes and narcotics trafficking, court records say.
With a handful of felony warrants out for his arrest, Vaughn successfully evaded police for four months before he was taken into custody this past Thursday in Lynnwood, court and jail records show.
He is being held in the King County Jail, with his combined bail on multiple charges set at $321,000.
Most recently, Vaughn was charged last week with attempting to elude police during a chase Sept. 22 in Tukwila, charging papers say. Officers were trying to arrest Vaughn on his warrants and watched him leave the Resurrection compound on 51st Avenue South in an orange Mustang, according to court records.
Officers called off the pursuit as the Mustang sped north, often veering into southbound lanes and blowing through a stop sign at over 100 mph, charging papers say.
The Mustang that Vaughn was allegedly driving was registered to Erin Narte, a 28-year-old Granite Falls woman who was killed a week later, on Sept. 29, after crashing the stolen motorcycle she was riding into a car on northbound Interstate 5 in Seattle, according to court records and media reports. A second, unidentified motorcyclist who was with Narte, briefly checked on her but then fled the crash scene before police arrived.
“Narte, who is now deceased, was a known associate of Kevin Vaughn,” say charging documents in Vaughn’s attempted eluding case.
According to court records:
Vaughn and another man were charged in August with second-degree burglary, accused of stealing packages from the lobby of a South Lake Union condo building on July 10 after surveillance cameras showed their failed attempt to break into the building’s secured garage.
In a separate case, Vaughn and a different accomplice were charged with second-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and second-degree taking a motor vehicle without permission after allegedly arriving at a Northgate apartment building in a stolen car and stealing a Honda motorcycle from the building’s garage July 29. That incident was also captured by video surveillance cameras.
Last month, King County prosecutors charged Vaughn with possession of a stolen vehicle in connection with the theft of a Yamaha motorcycle in Renton in April. The motorcycle’s owner used a GPS tracking device installed on his bike and contacted police with the location: a house in the 14900 block of 51st Avenue South in Tukwila, where Vaughn was living, the charges say. The property is one of a handful “that are associated with the Resurrection Outlaw Motorcycle Gang” and make up the group’s “compound,” the charges say.
A few hours later, the stripped Yamaha was dumped in the driveway of a Tukwila business by two men who then fled in a white SUV, charging papers say. Fingerprints found on the motorcycle’s windshield were later matched to Vaughn, the charges say.
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Vaughn is scheduled to stand trial Nov. 3 on last year’s possession of a stolen vehicle charge — for the Suzuki motorcycle — but his trial could be continued given his upcoming arraignments on the other charges, said Dan Donohoe, a spokesman for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
He is to be arraigned Thursday on the burglary and other vehicle-theft charges, followed by arraignment on the attempting to elude police charge Oct. 29, Donohoe said. Vaughn has not been charged in connection with the August shooting, he said.
In response to a Seattle Times story about the August shooting in Tukwila, a Seattle attorney who says he represents the Resurrection Motorcycle Club emailed a Times reporter Oct. 7 and said Vaughn is not a member of the club.
“Resurrection Motorcycle Club condemns violence toward law enforcement and the conduct of the motorcyclists who shot at Tukwila Police Officers,” attorney Michael Myers wrote in his email, which sought a retraction by the newspaper.
Myers did not respond to phone messages this week seeking comment about the club’s activities alleged in court records.