Police were called to the parking lot of an apartment complex in the Bitter Lake neighborhood of Seattle on February 19, where they discovered the body of a 19-year-old Island County man who was buried in a snow bank with only toes, nose and part of him buried Chest visible, according to King County Attorneys.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Mikah Macarro and determined that he died at close range from a gunshot wound to the head. His death was counted as manslaughter.
A winter storm threw snow on the Seattle area the weekend before Macarro’s body was found.
Last week, Seattle police arrested two men in connection with Macarro’s death and a third surrendered the following day, according to an article posted on Police Department’s online erasure slip on Thursday.
Prosecutors on Monday charged Griffin Blakely, 19, from Seattle and Jorge Ruelas-Sanchez, 20, from Shoreline with second degree murder. Criminal charges have not yet been filed against the third suspect and the investigation into Macarro’s death is ongoing, a spokesman for prosecutor Dan Satterberg said.
Blakely and Ruelas-Sanchez remain detained instead of $ 1 million each, while the third man, who is 19 years old, is being held on bail of $ 750,000.
Court records show Blakely and another man were charged in May in the Pierce County Superior Court of promoting the commercial sexual abuse of a minor accused of pimping a 17-year-old girl. Blakely was released from prison on these pending charges in June after posting $ 15,000 on bail, according to records.
According to the King County Prosecutor’s Office, Ruelas-Sanchez has no adult criminal convictions despite appearing to have a sealed juvenile criminal case in Snohomish County Juvenile Court.
Blakely and Ruelas-Sanchez are due to be charged on March 15. It is not yet clear from the court records which lawyers they represent.
Macarro’s father, who was reached by phone on Monday, declined to comment and asked for privacy as the family is grieving.
While the indictment does not provide a motive for Macarro’s murder, the theft of a pair of Air Force 1 sneakers that Macarro had given to a friend and that were later found during a search in Ruelas-Sanchez’s bedroom appears to have something to do with it, according to the fees.
Two days after Macarro’s body was found in the North Seattle snow bank, Seattle police detectives interviewed a friend of his who said he, Macarro, and another friend were from Island County to Blakely’s Lake City apartment on February 17 traveled. Ruelas-Sanchez and the third suspect were also in the apartment.
The friend said when he woke up the next morning he was missing the Air Force 1 shoes he was wearing. After Macarro and his two friends left the apartment in Macarro’s white Lexus SUV to return to Island County, the friend informed police that Macarro had received a message that the shoes had been found and they returned to Blakely’s apartment complex .
Video surveillance footage from the complex showed Blakely, Ruelas-Sanchez and the third suspect walking east 10 minutes before Macarro’s return from the complex, and Macarro was charged with walking in the same direction as the three suspects. Other cameras also took footage of Ruelas-Sanchez’s car, a green Chrysler 300, as it was driven into the area where Macarro’s body was found. There, the footage showed that at least one person got out of the vehicle before it left the path 14 minutes later. Later footage showed that a piece of cloth – not present in the earlier footage – was used to hide the Chrysler’s rear license plate, prosecutors say.
Police seized the Chrysler on February 22nd, and a preliminary search revealed that someone had unsuccessfully attempted to remove blood from the back seat, where a bullet was also found, suggesting that Macarro was fatally shot at close range, according to indictments he was sitting behind the driver.
After the Seattle police arrested Blakely and Ruelas-Sanchez last week, they spoke to Blakely’s staff at an auto parts store in Covington. Detectives learned that Blakely, who normally uses public transit, was late for work in a white Lexus SUV on February 18 and then said he had to leave early because he had received a call from his friend’s mother that His friend had been shot in obvious evidence of Macarro, the charges say.
A detective noted that Macarro’s body was not found until the next morning and that “his family had no way of knowing what had happened to him until his body was in the snow bank,” the prosecution said.