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May 25, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Police search Seattle’s Pier 69 for fleeing suspect, but come up empty-handed

City and port police swarmed Pier 69 on Seattle’s waterfront Sunday evening, drawing their guns and delaying a passenger ferry’s arrival during what turned out to be a fruitless two-hour search for a potentially armed burglary suspect. But hours after police abandoned the search Sunday night, the suspect remained at large. Seattle police said the search unfolded after a man called…

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January 24, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Victoria Clipper ‘pirate’ sentenced to 2 years, 5 months in prison

A self-proclaimed “pirate” who pleaded guilty to stealing a Victoria Clipper ferry last month was sentenced to two years and five months in prison by a King County Superior Court judge on Friday. Samuel Kenneth McDonough, a convicted sex-offender from Preston who represented himself during the court proceedings, asked the judge to give him less…

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January 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Self-proclaimed ‘pirate’ pleads guilty to stealing Victoria Clipper

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A police officer escorts Samuel K. McDonough, wearing a white cloth on his head, after he commandeered the Victoria Clipper IV in Elliott Bay on Sunday morning. Marcus Yam / The Seattle Times

A self-proclaimed “pirate” who took a Victoria Clipper vessel on a perilous joy ride into Elliott Bay last month pleaded guilty this morning to second-degree burglary and theft of a motor vehicle, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.

On Dec. 1, Samuel K. McDonough, of Preston, climbed through a small hole in a security fence at Seattle’s Pier 69, where Victoria Clipper docks its vessels, partially untied one of the boats and managed to start the 132-foot Clipper IV. Darrell Bryan, CEO of Victoria Clipper, called for help when he saw that the vessel was missing from its slot and appeared to be headed toward Harbor Island.

McDonough was arrested without incident about seven hours later when a Seattle police SWAT team was sent in after discussions between McDonough and a hostage negotiator faltered, according to police.

In a document of probable cause, police say McDonough told them he took the ferry because he wanted to go to Victoria, B.C.

“When contacted by police SWAT-team officers while adrift in Elliot (sic) Bay, Mr. McDonough proclaimed himself a pirate, and said he had intended to flee the country to Victoria, B.C.,” wrote Deputy Prosecutor Ian Ith.

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December 4, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Self-proclaimed Victoria Clipper ‘pirate’ charged with theft

A self-proclaimed “pirate” accused of stealing the Victoria Clipper on Sunday was charged today in King County Superior Court with second-degree burglary, first-degree theft and first-degree malicious mischief.

Samuel Kenneth McDonough, 34, of Preston, is being held at the King County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail for a crime spree that was called “spectacularly reckless and deadly perilous” by Deputy Prosecutor Ian Ith.

“Apparently on a whim as a birthday present to himself, McDonough took control of an $8 million,  480-ton, 132-foot passenger cruise vessel and ripped it from the dock at the Seattle waterfront in the predawn darkness,” Ith wrote in charging documents.

“When contacted by police SWAT-team officers while adrift in Elliot (sic) Bay, Mr. McDonough proclaimed himself a pirate, and said he had intended to flee the country to Victoria, B.C.”

Ith wrote that McDonough later told authorities that he “sought passage to West Seattle.” McDonough also told police that his name was “Zero” and asked officers to bring a woman to the ship “because he was lonely,” according to police.

According to the document of probable cause, and an official with Victoria Clipper, McDonough snaked through a very small hole in a security fence at Seattle’s Pier 69, where the Clipper docks its vessels, partially untied one of the boats and managed to start the vessel Sunday morning.

Darrell Bryan, CEO  of Victoria Clipper, called for help when he saw that the Clipper IV was missing from its slot and appeared to be headed toward Harbor Island.

McDonough was arrested without incident by a police SWAT team that boarded the Clipper IV.

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December 2, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Bail set at $200,000 for man accused of stealing Victoria Clipper

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Samuel McDonough made his first court appearance Monday at the King County Jail. (Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Bail was set Monday at $200,000 for a convicted sex offender accused of stealing the Victoria Clipper from the Seattle waterfront on Sunday.

Samuel K. McDonough, 33, told police that he was just trying to get to West Seattle when he entered the secured area where Victoria Clipper docks its vessels, boarded the Clipper IV and managed to get the boat turned on, according to police and King County prosecutors.

Prosecutors had asked for $500,000 bail for the Preston man who has convictions for drug offenses, burglaries and indecent exposure, including a felony that stemmed from a 2012 incident in which he was arrested for masturbating in front of two female baristas at an Issaquah coffee stand.

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December 1, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Victoria Clipper stolen; SWAT team arrests man after standoff

    UPDATE: 7:15 a.m. Monday: Here is a complete wrap-up of the Victoria Clipper story.     UPDATE: 10 p.m.   A SWAT team boarded the high-speed catamaran about 10:20 a.m. and arrested the unarmed man within 15 minutes, police reported. The man told police he took the boat because he “wanted to go to West Seattle,” police spokesman Sean Whitcomb said. Police booked the 33-year-old…

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December 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Sunday Memo: Suspicious person thought aboard Victoria Clipper … Snow … Marathon

Seattle Marathon: The Seattle marathon began at 8:15 a.m. this morning at Seattle Center. Here’s a list of street closures. Victoria Clipper: Seattle police believe a suspicious person is aboard the Victoria Clipper. The boat was supposed to be unoccupied. Snow? Fans at tomorrow’s Seahawks game could be in for a snowy evening….

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