Two arrested, one charged in Federal Way drive-by murder of Kent man

  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 4:50pm
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Federal Way police have arrested three suspects in the April 11 drive-by fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Kent man.

Arturo Marcial-Alvarez was shot multiple times as he exited a Metro bus at South Dash Point Road and Pacific Highway South.

Police booked a 21-year-old man from Kent and a 15-year-old boy from Burien on first-degree murder, however formal charges are pending. The 21-year-old waived his court appearance and is being held on $1 million bail in the King County jail, according to Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors charged Alondra J. Garcia-Garcia, a 20-year-old Seattle woman, with rendering criminal assistance in the first degree in connection with the shooting. She is being held on $750,000 bail.

According to Garcia-Garcia’s charging documents, prosecutors claim she positioned her van behind the bus Marcial-Alvarez was on and waited for him to get off. It was the strategic position of her van that allowed the suspects to shoot the victim from the passenger seat before she “swiftly” drove off, escaping.

Detectives tracked down Garcia-Garcia and her van two days later.

Federal Way police spokeswoman Cathy Schrock said it appears Marcial-Alvarez was targeted by the suspects who are allegedly in a rival gang.

“This case is still very active and detectives continue their work to identify all individuals involved in this homicide,” Schrock said.

Marcial-Alvarez has a history of criminal contacts with Federal Way, many involving drug-related crimes and one conviction of a car prowl.

Last week, King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cindi West said detectives are investigating whether the homicide is connected to a Burien and Seattle that occurred around the same time as the Federal Way one.

On early Tuesday in Kent, a 17-year-old Kent boy died from gunshot wounds and a 16-year-old Kent boy suffered injuries in an incident near West Meeker Street and 64th Avenue South. Police are looking for the shooter or shooters in that case.

• Contributed by Raechel Dawson, Federal Way Mirror

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