West Seattle

Domestic-violence suspect found hiding in sofa

SEATTLE -- A man suspected of attacking a woman, not to mention leaving at least one gun in easy reach of her 3-year-old daughter, was found hiding inside a sofa Saturday in Delridge, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to police, the victim tried to call 911 to report the suspect attacking her, but the suspect grabbed the phone and threw it into a trash can while she was on the line. Officers arrived at the apartment in the 8600 block of Delridge Way Southwest to take a report, but the suspect had already left.

The victim told officers her two children, ages 2 and 3, and at least two of the suspect's guns were in the house during the attack.

Police received a second 911 call from the apartment two hours later, but the dispatcher could only hear small children in the background before the line went dead. Calls back to the apartment were ignored.

Officers returned to the apartment and heard voices inside, but no one answered the door. When officers tried to open the unlocked door, it was pushed closed, according to the report.

Officers called the SWAT team, and moments later the victim came out of the apartment with her children. According to the report, the victim told officers the suspect was not home, but her demeanor led them to believe he was.

An initial check of the apartment didn't turn up the suspect. But, when officers noticed the sofa seemed heavier than it should they tipped it over and found the suspect in a storage bin hidden inside, according to the report.

In addition to the suspect, officers reportedly found three guns in plain view in the apartment. One of the guns was on a living-room bookcase within reach of the victim's 3-year-old daughter, according to the report. In fact, the 3-year-old was able to point out all three places where "Daddy" kept his guns.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of domestic-violence assault.