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May 27, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Documents lead to man suspected of placing body in shopping cart

A man who was arrested in connection with the death of another man whose body was found in a shopping cart in South Seattle last week was tracked down through documents that were left in the cart, according to a court document released Tuesday.

The 46-year-old suspect, who is not being named because he has not yet been charged, was seen pushing a shopping cart with a body in it on South Austin Street on Thursday morning, police said. Officers were called after a woman reported seeing the man trying to place the body in the recycle and trash bins in her backyard, according to friends of the witness.

The King County Medical Examiner’s Office determined the man whose body was in the cart had died from multiple stab wounds, police said.

In the affidavit of probable cause outlining the police case, investigators say the suspect’s name was on documents from Sound Mental Health that were found in the shopping cart. In addition, police say, the suspect’s fingerprints were lifted from the cart and his description matches that given by the woman who saw him in her yard.

The suspect was arrested on Friday evening at his wife’s house and booked into King County Jail, where he is being held on $1 million bail, court documents say.

In addition to a history of mental-health issues, the suspect has a criminal history that includes drug offenses, theft, assault and disorderly conduct.

Police say the victim and suspect knew each other and that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the homicide.

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