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Thursday, January 31, 2008

SPD Makes Arrest in 23rd and Union Shooting

posted by on January 31 at 13:36 PM

Seattle Police have arrested Rey Davis-Bell and will hold a press conference at 1:15pm.

UPDATE: At 11:16 this morning, SPD arrested Rey Davis-Bell after a short foot chase near the 3900 block of S. Kenyon, 24 hours and 1 minute after the shooting at 23rd and Union.

Davis-Bell will be booked on charges of homicide, assault and attempted murder.

SPD says they’re still trying to figure out the connection between Davis-Bell and the man who was killed inside of Philidephia’s Best Cheesesteak, but they believe it is related to a domestic dispute between Davis-Bell and his girlfriend. Police do not believe Davis-Bell knew the other victim, who is currently in critical condition at Harborview.

Additionally, police believe Davis-Bell may have been involved in another shooting yesterday, at 12:45pm in the Rainier Valley. No one was injured in the shooting, but an off-duty officer reported hearing gunshots and saw a vehicle—similar to the one Davis-Bell is believed to have been driving—”fleeing at a high rate of speed.”

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Fry him.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 31, 2008 12:33 PM


Posted by kid icarus | January 31, 2008 12:43 PM

damn. i would've hoped that they had a stand off and arrest him in a body bag. sorry but this guy definitely deserves to die but not at an old age especially at the expense of tax payers.

Posted by apres_moi | January 31, 2008 12:43 PM

Kill the bastard in public at Westlake Center. Slow burning torchure while insects slowly eat their way out of his body. He has to be kept alive though to experience the pain.

Hell, we should bring back public executions for some of the crimes people commit.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | January 31, 2008 12:46 PM

Good news. SPD is in talks to get a mini-precinct in the shopping center at 23rd and Union. Maybe my neighborhood will be quiet again.

Posted by Gitai | January 31, 2008 12:49 PM

it amuses me that often on slog the SPD get a bunch of shit, but when there are gunman running around shooting people or madmen running around stabbing people, all of a sudden SPD is alright.

Posted by some dude | January 31, 2008 12:53 PM

And I'm just fascinated by how indifferent some folks are to Constitutional rights to trial and prohibitions on cruel and unusual punishment...

Posted by cdc | January 31, 2008 12:58 PM

Posted by max solomon | January 31, 2008 1:01 PM

huh. where'd my comment go?

it was so pithy.

Posted by max solomon | January 31, 2008 1:02 PM

some dude @6

It amuses me how often people are surprised that life is not black-and-white, or try to characterize any acknowledgement of its non-black-and-whiteness as hypocrisy.

Posted by lostboy | January 31, 2008 1:06 PM

Do we know what motivated this at all? Gang dealings? Robbery? Extortion? Revenge? Anyone?

Posted by tsm | January 31, 2008 1:11 PM


In all seriousness, that doesn't matter. What matters is that, once again, regardless of how or why, someone with a gun decided to resolve a situation by shooting the shit out of everyone.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 31, 2008 1:23 PM

@5 my first thought was, GOOD NEWS! but then i just realized that the zombies will just move down the block to 23rd and cherry. full time.


22nd and madison -> 23rd and union -> 23rd and cherry

any relief is good relief though.

Posted by cochise. | January 31, 2008 1:32 PM

Hey, I know, let's hold a death penalty murder trial and bankrupt the County again!

Didn't it work swell the last time with the Green River Killer ... uh, what every happened to him (*/ cough plea bargain cough */) ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | January 31, 2008 1:34 PM

@7 - Of course we're aware of constitutional rights, you silly dolt. Do you really think we expect him to go straight to the electric chair? (Well, maybe Mr. Poe does, I don't presume to speak for him)

Of course we understand the need for due process and the protection from cruel and unusual punishment. We're just pissed off is all. Try not to let it break your bleeding heart.

Posted by Hernandez | January 31, 2008 1:34 PM

I suppose that's one take, Poe, but if we're going to reduce the frequency of Seattlites with guns from deciding to resolve a situation by shooting the shit out of everyone, it might be nice to know what kinds of situations are inspiring it.

Posted by tsm | January 31, 2008 1:46 PM

@13 Yep, they'll be back at 23rd and Cherry. The crack dealers will be reunited with the crack whores, and the gunshots will be far enough from my house that I won't hear them.

Posted by Gitai | January 31, 2008 1:48 PM

Ladies: DO NOT TAKE UP WITH FELONS. Just say no. Get yourself a non-criminal boyfriend and you'll be a lot happier.

Posted by Fnarf | January 31, 2008 1:52 PM

But he's so dreamy, Fnarf!

Posted by tsm | January 31, 2008 1:55 PM


Point taken.

Posted by Mr. Poe | January 31, 2008 2:00 PM

They finally got that "No Loitering" sign at the ARCO-AM/PM at 23rd & Cherry. In the past, I am have almost always been threatened or harassed with swear words by someone standing outside of the door. One time at like 8 am a guy asked me for money outside and proceeded to follow me around the store while muttering incomprehensible words to me before swearing at me as I drove away. When they feel that they have crossed the line with patrons of the mini-mart I see them promptly leave their position in front of the store and someone immediately takes over so calling the police will do no good and the clerks seem to care less when I express my distress to them.

Posted by Gay Seattle | January 31, 2008 2:10 PM

Fnarf finally has some good advice to offer! The last convicted felon I had a relationship with couldn't seem to keep himself out of jail... He also couldn't seem to keep himself

1) Out of my bank account (amount it cost me: $3000)

2) In legal parking spaces (amount it cost me: $1200)

3) Off of heroin, unbeknownst to me (amount it cost me: 8 months of mental and emotional torture)

It ain't worth it bitches... nobody is that great in bed!

Posted by Queen_of_Sleaze | January 31, 2008 2:16 PM

Having a mini-precinct at 23rd & E Union (I presume in the old pharmacy storefront), only three blocks up from 23rd & Cherry, would seem to imply that the cops could, um, you know, make more frequent patrols to the open air "drug market" hotspots in the vicinity (E. Union & MLK, E. Cherry & MLK, 22rd & E. Madison, etc., etc.)

If the donut-gobblers are just going to sit inside staring out the window all day, that would pretty much defeat the purpose of setting up a min-precinct in the first place, now wouldn't it?

Posted by COMTE | January 31, 2008 2:19 PM

@ Comte! How can you call them donut-gobblers! All because I saw FIVE patrol cars in front of Top Pot Donuts yesterday on 35th NE.....(this was after the shooting on 23rd BTW)

I am sure they are in the best of physical shape as well..... (cough cough)

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | January 31, 2008 3:00 PM

How come criminals always have three names?

Posted by redken | January 31, 2008 3:51 PM

At least he's caught

Posted by ecce homo | January 31, 2008 4:54 PM

What is up with the "Spam filter"? How many comments are being deleted or caught up now for NO reason??

When did this start happening?

Posted by ecce homo | January 31, 2008 5:08 PM

Yep, keep em moving south--Cherry, Jackson, a few weeks at Parnell's Mini-Mart at 23rd near Dearborn, then onto Rainier itself, then open the sluice gates and flush them straight through Columbia City and Rainier Beach and on into Skyway. Then make Skyway the America/Crack version of Christiania in Copenhagen. I bet there'd be some bodacious hip-hop coming out of that JOINT. Charles could catch the #7 bus down there are report on it.

Posted by croydonfacelift | January 31, 2008 8:24 PM

Gee ecce, nobody else seems to be having a problem - seeing as nobody but you is complaining.

What does that tell you?

Posted by COMTE | January 31, 2008 8:53 PM

From Central Distirct News:

There will be a candlelight vigil for Degene Barecha, owner of Philly Cheese Steaks, tragically Killed on Wednesday. Join Your Neighbors to remember Mr. Barecha, show support for his family, and help take back our streets from violence.

Friday 2/1 at 5pm, 23rd & Union

Posted by dan | January 31, 2008 10:08 PM

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