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September 20, 2012 at 2:29 PM

16-year-old girl arrested in SeaTac homicide

Authorities are also looking for Kavahn-Elijah Matthews-Smith in connection with the slaying.

A 16-year-old girl was arrested Wednesday night in connection with the fatal shooting of a 47-year-old man at a SeaTac motel earlier this month, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West said Thursday that more arrests are expected. Detectives are also asking for the public’s help in locating 19-year-old Kavahn Matthews-Smith, who lives in the Skyway area and is considered a suspect in the Sept. 7 slaying, she said.

Matthews-Smith is described as African American, 6-feet-5, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 and reference case number 12-210242.

West could not immediately provide details about the circumstances surrounding the girl’s arrest. The teen is expected to make her first court appearance Thursday afternoon at the King County Youth Service Center.

The victim has been identified as Herman Herlondo Tucker, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, which determined that Tucker died from multiple gunshot wounds. He lived in Skyway.

West said that robbery is a possible motive for the shooting, but detectives are still investigating what Tucker was doing at the Motel 6 in the 20600 block of Military Road when he was killed.

The Sheriff’s Office, which provides police services to the City of SeaTac, previously said that witnesses reported Tucker arrived at the motel in a white SUV around 3 a.m. and first tried to get inside a room using a key card. When the door did not open, he knocked and was let inside.

Within a few minutes, an argument could be heard coming from inside the room and then witnesses heard gunfire, the Sheriff’s Office said at the time.

Tucker stumbled out of the room and collapsed.

Two men and two women were then seen fleeing the room, partially covering their faces with T-shirts. They drove off in a dark-colored vehicle, possibly a BMW, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

According to a post on Facebook, Tucker was a coach in the South King County Junior Football League.

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