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The Today File

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June 1, 2014 at 8:02 AM

Seattle police arrest suspect in double homicide

Seattle Police are searching for Matalepuna Malu, a suspect in a double homicide Sunday.

Seattle police arrested Matalepuna Malu, a suspect in a double homicide Sunday. (Photo courtesy of SPD)

Seattle Police captured a 26-year-old suspect Sunday afternoon in downtown, after he allegedly shot two young men in the Central District.

The identities of two young men shot to death early Sunday in Seattle are still unknown, but their suspected killer, Matalepuna Malu, was arrested this afternoon.

Police say officers responded to reports of gunfire at 2:22 a.m. and found the men in the Central District street, in the area of South King Street and 29 Avenue South. Witnesses report seeing a black or silver vehicle fleeing the area.  Fire Department medics pronounced the two men dead at the scene. The two victims in their 20s had no identification on them, report Seattle police.

Everett police investigated Malu for his alleged involvement in the murder of a 22-year-old man in Everett in August 2010. He was initially charged with first-degree murder, but wasn’t prosecuted, according to Everett Police and the Everett Herald.

Malu is currently under federal supervision, according to Western Washington U.S. District Court records.

He was sentenced to 30 months in prison and three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 2011. Malu is linked to a gang distributing OxyContin in the Everett area, U.S. District Attorney Jenny Durkan said in 2011 news release.

“He continued to live a life marked by drug abuse, drug trafficking, violence and illegal weapons possession. Barely six months later, he violently assaulted his girlfriend, which was merely the latest in a string of violent incidents over the course of his life. When officers responded, they found drugs, drug paraphernalia, ammunition, and the gun that belonged to that empty gun box found in his room six months earlier,” federal prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo.

Malu is also being investigation to determine if he violated his federal supervision due to an alleged assault case in August in Snohomish County. Malu denies he violated the supervision, court records show.

He is currently facing a harassment charge in Snohomish County and posted $10,000 bail in November. It’s unknown if it’s related to the assault case.

 

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