A charge of first-degree murder was filed today against Dinh Bowman, who is accused in the Aug. 31 road-rage slaying of Yancy Noll in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood.
Bowman, 29, is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in electrical engineering. It is not believed that Bowman and Noll knew each other.
Noll, 43, was sitting in his car at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street at 7:26 p.m. Aug. 31 when a silver BMW Z4 convertible pulled up next to him and the driver fired five shots, three of which struck Noll in the side of the head.
Bowman was arrested Friday at his home. Police also seized a BMW Z4.
A search by investigators of Vague Industries in Sodo, where Bowman works, turned up old tires believed to have come from Bowman’s BMW, as well as masking tape used to paint the wheels, prosecutors said.
Staff at Big O, a tire shop in Lynnwood where Bowman had the tires changed, told investigators they also found it odd that Bowman insisted on taking all eight tires with him from the store, the old as well as the new, cramming them into his wife’s Mercedes-Benz.
A search of Bowman’s home in the 7400 block of 25th Avenue Northeast in recent days also turned up a room filled with weapons and bullet-making tools, but no handgun similar to the one used to kill Noll, which police believe he discarded, prosecutors said.
Bowman, who is scheduled to be arraigned on Oct. 8, is being held without bail. If convicted as charged, he faces a sentence range of 25 to 31 years in prison.