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Ballard murder suspect’s clothing found

Posted by Geeky Swedes on July 26th, 2009

Police have discovered the suspect’s clothing from this morning’s gas station murder, and they cordoned off part of Taco Bell’s parking lot on 15th Ave.

A man who lives in an apartment on 59th St. said he discovered a bag of clothing Sunday morning, but he said he didn’t think much of it because people frequently throw things over the fence from Taco Bell. “I turned on the 5 p.m. news and they were talking about the robbery and the murder,” Pat told us. “They showed the bandana on his face and his stocking cap and I go, ‘son of a bitch!’ and I ran downstairs and ran outside and it was his stuff.” He said he called 911, and police arrived a couple minutes later.

Meanwhile, the investigation is complete at the crime scene, and the gas station reopened for business Sunday evening. People are leaving a few flowers and candles in front of the business. (Thanks Lisa for the tip!)

Earlier: Police release photos, video of “armed and dangerous” suspect

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30 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 Silver // Jul 27, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Wow. I wonder if he changed clothes in the bushes, or just threw them out the car window?

    Hope they can get some prints off of something.

    I'll bet this guy has a long record, and possibly just got released from somewhere.

  • 2 jm // Jul 27, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Maybe the suspect hasn't gone very far.

  • 3 (n)utcase // Jul 27, 2009 at 2:30 am

    I'm sure he's still around. It doesn't sound all that well planned, nor he that bright. they will catch him soon. diligence people. that's how they caught the south park scum.

  • 4 ballardbard // Jul 27, 2009 at 2:34 am

    Maybe Taco Bell or Blockbuster have video also…seeing him without the bandana can go a long way to id-ing the murderer? This is when we can all put aside our differences and come together as a community to out this bas%$rd before he harms anyone else. Peace and comfort to the victim's family at this difficult time.

  • 5 Silver // Jul 27, 2009 at 2:49 am

    That would be extremely helpful. I hope they do.

  • 6 Name // Jul 27, 2009 at 3:01 am

    I'll bet this guy has done other armed robberies. I hope this package will yield DNA and other clues. This is a bad dude who needs to be caught now.

  • 7 Silver // Jul 27, 2009 at 3:18 am

    Newest story with video of suspect is here:

  • 8 Geeky Swedes // Jul 27, 2009 at 3:29 am

    We just posted the video on our earlier post here:

  • 9 NoraBell // Jul 27, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I think I've seen a camera at Taco Bell. If nothing else it's a high traffic area. Somebody has to have seen something.

  • 10 Scott B. // Jul 27, 2009 at 6:03 am

    I think that location was a Mobil gas station back in the late 1970s. Back then, I met a girl at the Gardens who worked at the Mobil gas station. She said she would give me a kiss if I filled up my gas tank at the gas station, then she reneged after I filled up a week or so later. Back then, that Mobil gas station sold the highest octane gasoline available (95, I think).

    It is sad to consider how Ballard has changed from the days of a teenager's bold offer (that she reneged upon) to cold, calculated murder for probably less than fifty dollars at the same location.

  • 11 fancynancy // Jul 27, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I will leave flowers tomorrow in memory of the gentleman that was murdered in very cold blood. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family. He was a hard working man and blam he is snuffed out with no respect for human life. I pray they catch this evil f___er.

  • 12 ballardrocksnow // Jul 27, 2009 at 6:58 am

    We now have DNA. If he has a prior, we're in business.

  • 13 Komal Herkishnani // Jul 27, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Hello This was my brother- in – law that was killed so violently. Our family is forever broken now Please If anyone has any information please call 911

    Please pray that his soul or spirt is in peace
    Thank you

  • 14 Ann Louise // Jul 27, 2009 at 8:44 am


    I'm so very, very sorry for your family's tragic loss. I realize that my words are small comfort after such a tragedy, but please know that many prayers and/or positive thoughts have been sent your way.

    May his spirit find peace; and may his family find some closure. And may the killer be arrested soon.


  • 15 eric // Jul 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Your family is in my thoughts. A terrible, terrible event. be strong.

    with sympathy,

  • 16 Nick // Jul 27, 2009 at 2:58 pm


    I am so sorry that this has happened. I hope that the killer is found and brought to justice.

    My condolences,


  • 17 NoraBell // Jul 27, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    I am very sorry for the pain you and the rest of his family and friends must be going through, Komal. He was a sweet man. I'll keep him, and your family, in my prayers.

  • 18 ballardrocksnow // Jul 27, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    Everything that can be done will be done. I'll continue to think healing thoughts towards your family.

    May moments of peace find their way to you and your family.

  • 19 Name // Jul 28, 2009 at 12:55 am

    you sound like a hard working woman.. good for you.. hope someday you wont have to pray.. I hope the flowers will show society the respect we have for life.

  • 20 grat // Jul 28, 2009 at 3:42 am

    I cant figure out who this is. I know the guy with the heavy accent that pulled the night shift but he seemed older than 28. There was the young guy that worked in the day that always had his dad hanging around in there but he hasn't been around since the new owners. Any help ?

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