Billy Chambers and two accomplices have each been charged with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm for allegedly stealing an already stolen assault rifle from a parked car belonging to another felon, according to charges filed today in King County Superior Court.
Chambers, now 19, was one of three juveniles who pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for the October 2008 beating death of Ed “Tuba Man” McMichael, a beloved fixture known for playing his tuba outside Seattle sporting events. Chambers has since been arrested numerous times and was released from the Monroe Correctional Complex on Sept. 18 after serving roughly two-thirds of a 22-month sentence for intentionally ramming a woman’s car in June 2011.
Chambers was arrested Wednesday afternoon along with Martin Harris, 19, and Terry Tackett, 18, in Burien. All three are felons who are not allowed to possess guns, charging papers say.
A married couple called 911 after seeing three suspects in a blue Ford Crown Victoria pull up to a neighbor’s house, pop open the trunk of a car parked in the driveway and pull “a bag and a rifle out of the trunk,” the papers say.
After Harris placed the bag in the trunk of the Crown Victoria, the vehicle sped off and Harris ran on foot but was arrested two blocks away, the papers say. King County sheriff’s deputies spotted the Crown Victoria a little over a mile from where the rifle was stolen and stopped the vehicle, according to charging documents. Chambers was driving the vehicle, with Tackett as his passenger, the papers say.
After getting a search warrant, detectives found two .45-caliber shell casings, a loaded AR-15 rifle and two empty rifle magazines in the Crown Victoria, the papers say. The rifle and several other guns were stolen during a burglary in July 2010, according to charging papers.
The neighbors who called 911 turned over a video and photos they took of the incident to police and identified the three suspects, the papers say. The man whose car was allegedly prowled is also a felon who is not allowed to possess guns and he denied that the rifle belonged to him, the papers say.
Bail for all three suspects was initially set at $50,000, but was increased to $200,000 each today, according to charging papers and jail records.