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July 29, 2013 at 11:11 AM

Theft of beef jerky leads Seattle police to murder suspect

Seattle police say they found a murder suspect early Monday while checking out a claim that he shoplifted beef jerky from a Belltown store.

Curtis E. Jones, 47, was wanted on a $750,000 warrant for several charges, including second-degree murder, from an incident last summer. He is accused of crashing a stolen pickup into a Belltown apartment building Sept. 18, while eluding police. A passenger, Sheila Helvie, 57, died 22 days later, and another passenger broke an arm and leg.

Jones had cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in his blood, charging documents said. A detailed news story about the charges can be found here.

Police say that just after midnight Monday, bicycle officers on Second Avenue were flagged down by an employee at Joe’s Mart, who said a man outside the store left without paying for the beef jerky he was holding.  When officers confirmed his identity, Jones was booked into King County Jail.

Officers tried to find him in April, following a lengthy forensic investigation of the crash, but his address was unknown.

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