Theft suspect also charged in homicide

Convicted gang member charged in Renton slaying

— A man accused of stealing a car at gunpoint is also charged in a homicide in Renton.

Omar Acevedo, 24, of Toppenish, was accused March 30 of stealing a car belonging to a 61-year-old man and leading law enforcement on a high speed chase that ended in Outlook.

He appeared in court Friday for charges of first-degree robbery, possession of stolen property, eluding, felon in possession of a firearm and third-degree driving with a suspended license. His bail was set at $150,000, court documents show.

An arraignment date of April 14 is scheduled.

Acevedo, a convicted gang member, is also charged with second-degree murder in King County, documents show.

Officials believe he shot and killed Shiraz Al-Sammarrai on March 26 at an apartment in Renton.

Acevedo’s bail for that charge is $750,000.

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office received a report about 5 p.m. March 30, four days after the killing in Renton, when a man reported his vehicle had been stolen at gunpoint from the 200 block of Elmwood Road.

The victim was uninjured, deputies said. In addition to his car, the victim said $300 in cash and a silver watch were taken.

Yakama Nation police spotted the car while assisting at an unrelated crash nearby.

Deputies said they attempted to stop the vehicle, but the suspect refused to stop and led deputies, Washington State Patrol troopers and police officers on a high-speed chase.

Acevedo led officers on a chase through Buena, Zillah, Granger and Outlook before he was stopped, records show.

Troopers used a spike strip to slow the vehicle down and stop it at Luther and Gap roads. After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody, deputies said.


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