Pair charged with hate crime in beating of West Seattle teen

Pair charged with hate crime in beating of West Seattle teen
Photo shows Shane McClellan after the assault.
SEATTLE -- King County prosecutors have accused two men of committing a hate crime in the robbery and beating of West Seattle teenager earlier this year.

Ahmed Y. Mohamed, 22, who is black, and Jonathan Neil Baquiring, 21, who is Asian, have each been charged with first-degree robbery and malicious harassment, the state's hate crime statute.

King County Jail records indicate that Baquiring was booked into jail Tuesday evening. Mohamed is at large and officials have issued a warrant for his arrest.

The victim, 16-year-old Shane McClellan, said he was held hostage and beaten for hours and was attacked because he is white.

The incident happened as Shane was walking home from a birthday party at a friend's house Tuesday around 2 a.m. on May 25.

Shane said two men called to him from the top of a staircase near the intersection of 14th Avenue SW and SW Holden Street. The men asked for a light, and when Shane walked over to oblige, they knocked him to the ground and started kicking him.

The two men knocked the frightened teen around on the staircase, making racially charged remarks.

"They started bringing up the past - like slavery - being like, white people did this," Shane said.

The attackers stripped off McClellan's belt and started whipping his back.

"They said, 'This is for what your people did to our people.' They were like whipping me with my belt, my studded belt," Shane recounts.

According to charging documents, Shane told investigators that the men said "the white man has kept us down," during the beating.

One of the men held a gun against the back of his head and burned his neck with cigarettes, Shane said.

At one point they shoved McClellan's face into a hole with the gun against his head. They also urinated on him and poured beer over him.

"What he told me, when they were beating him with the belt, they were saying, 'I don't like white people,'" said Shane's father, Tim McClellan.

Shane recalled, "They're like, 'Aw, white boy, what are you doing? You can't hang out this late. What are you doing around here?' They're like, 'White boy has no belonging - being out here at 2 a.m.'"

"They targeted me for being white, and they made it very clear thats why they were assaulting me," Shane said.

The victim's father said the attack was nothing short of hours of torture.

"Put a gun to the back of his head and told him if he said anything they were going to blow his head off while they sat there and burned him with cigarettes on the back of the neck," he says.

The two assailants held the teen on the ground for some time, and he eventually passed out.

When he regained consciousness, the attackers were gone. They had taken his money, a coat and an MP3 player.

A police officer found the two suspects a short time later, and they had dried blood on their bodies and a pack of cigarettes that matched the type found near the scene where Shane was attacked.

According to court documents, the dried blood samples taken from Mohamed and Baquiring matched Shane's blood.

Officials said Mohamed has prior conviction for carrying concealed weapon, and Baquiring has no known criminal history.

Prosecutors said they would ask that both be held on $500,000 bail.