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December 7, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Police release video of possible witness in Vega slaying

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Seattle police have released this surveillance video of a possible witness being sought by police in the investigation into the slaying of South Seattle hairdresser Danny Vega.

The person was captured on surveillance video picking up a discarded jacket, putting it on and then walking away. The jacket had earlier been discarded by three males described as persons of interest in the beating of Vega.

A photo of the possible witness taken from the surveillance video.

Police had earlier released a surveillance video of the persons of interest. They are seen on the video disposing of a jacket.

Vega died Nov. 27, 12 days after he was robbed and beaten by three young men in Rainier Valley. The assault happened Nov. 15 in the 4200 block of South Othello Street as Vega was taking one of his twice-daily walks.

Vega lost consciousness for about an hour after the attack, then awoke “with pain all over his face and chest,” according to a police report.

However he managed to get home, and his housemates called 911.

Vega told his housemate James Saarenas that the three assailants jumped him, punched and kicked him before taking his cellphone and keys. He was in pain and disoriented when he was interviewed by police.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release autopsy results.

Anyone who has information on the identity of the witness is asked to call detectives on the SPD tipline at 206-233-5000.

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