A 16-year-old Seattle boy was charged as an adult this week with first-degree assault, accused of shooting an unarmed teen at least twice last Saturday afternoon in Kent.
Ra’Qwon Jamall Slade, who lives on Seattle’s Beacon Hill and has no known prior convictions, is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, which has a wing for juvenile defendants who have been charged as adults, according to jail and court records.
Kent police obtained an arrest warrant for Slade late Wednesday and set up surveillance teams Thursday morning on a number of residences, said Lt. Pat Lowery, noting detectives didn’t have any good leads on Slade’s whereabouts. One of the surveillance teams spotted Slade when he walked outside one of the houses for a smoke and a SWAT team was called to a family member’s residence in the 24500 block of 104th Avenue Southeast, where Slade eventually surrendered a little after 6 p.m., Lowery said.
Christopher Matthews, 19, was shot twice in the torso and also suffered a grazing injury, according to Lowery. He was treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and released.
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Matthews, his cousin and a friend boarded a Metro bus on Saturday afternoon and encountered Slade and two other teens, one of whom started arguing with Matthews’ cousin over some past issue, charging papers say. The trio followed Matthews and his companions off the bus around 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of 108th Avenue Southeast and Southeast 208th Street, the papers say.
Matthews’ cousin and the teen from the bus agreed to settle their dispute with a fight. After the fight was over, Slade allegedly challenged Matthews to a fight, charging papers say.
Instead, Slade allegedly pulled a gun and started firing at Matthews, then fled and ditched the gun in some bushes behind a Safeway store, the papers say. At least two people witnessed the shooting and were able to direct police to the bushes where the gun was stashed, the papers say.