Ballard murder suspect in police custody

Ballard murder suspect in police custody
SEATTLE -- A teen suspected of shooting a convenience store clerk to death in a weekend robbery was arrested Monday afternoon by a Seattle police SWAT team.

Officials said the 17-year-old Seattle boy was arrested inside a house just four blocks from the scene of the murder, but they are not releasing his name or commenting on how they found him.

The teen was questioned and booked into jail.

On Sunday, Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz said the investigation determined that an armed robber came into the store at about 6:30 a.m., threatened the 28-year-old clerk, opened fire, and then ran off.

Officers responded to the scene, a Pit Stop convenience store and gas station at 15th Avenue NW and NW 58th Street, after a passer-by called 911 to report seeing a man with a bandana in the store.

The clerk was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and thigh. He died shortly afterward.

He was identified Monday by family members as Manish Melwani. His sister said he came to the country a few years ago.

The owner of the convenience store, Bobby Sanger, said Melwani had worked there for three years and had never reported any problems before.

"It's so sad," he said. "Everybody knows him. ... They like him. Everybody has a good word for him. He's such a nice guy."