Seattle police have arrested a 44-year-old man in connection with a fatal shooting at Third Avenue and Pine Street last month and say he is also being investigated for a string of recent robberies, including one in which a bank employee was shot.
The man was arrested by Seattle Police Department robbery detectives and SWAT officers along with FBI agents and members of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, according to a post on SPD’s online blotter.
He is suspected of fatally shooting Reno Maiava, 52, on Feb. 27, according to police. Last week, Seattle police arrested Felix Taylor, 18, who has since been charged with second-degree murder for the March 2 shooting of 15-year-old Michael Del Bianco, who was also shot at Third and Pine.
The 44-year-old man refused to appear in court Wednesday, so bail was not set but a judge found probable cause to hold him on investigation of homicide and unlawful possession of a firearm, according to Casey McNerthney, a spokesperson for King County prosecutors. Except for a robbery case filed March 14 involving the man, McNerthney said his office has not yet received any referrals from law enforcement about other robberies he is alleged to have committed.
According to the probable-cause statement outlining the Seattle police case against the man, he was arrested at a Tukwila motel on Tuesday night. After he surrendered to SWAT officers, police obtained a warrant for his room and seized seven handguns, a rifle and a large quantity of suspected fentanyl pills, the statement says.
The blotter post includes a photo of the firearms, assorted magazines and a bag of pills that police say were seized from the man. Additionally, he is being investigated for several robberies in and around Seattle, including a Feb. 11 robbery at a Key Bank in the Sodo neighborhood in which a 34-year-old bank employee was shot and injured, according to police.
Jail records show he was booked into the King County Jail just after 12:30 a.m. Wednesday on investigation of homicide and unlawful possession of a firearm.
Seattle police obtained video surveillance footage from Third and Pine that showed Maiava got into an argument with a 20-year-old woman just before 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, midblock on the east side of Third Avenue, the statement says. The argument continued as he followed her to the corner, where a group of people were standing. The woman walked away but the video showed Maiava and the man accused of shooting him then get into a heated argument, according to the statement.
The video showed that the man motioned Maiava to follow him east on Pine, where the man pulled a gun and shot Maiava five times, killing him, the statement says.
The woman seen in the video arguing with Maiava is identified as the shooter’s girlfriend and was with him at the Tukwila motel at the time of his arrest, according to the statement.
The man, who was sentenced to 12½ years in prison for three bank robberies committed in Tacoma in 2009, was charged March 14 with first-degree robbery, accused of holding up a Lake Forest Park cannabis shop in January, court records show.
Correction: An earlier version of this story gave an incorrect date for the fatal shooting of Michael Del Bianco.