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Seattle police have named 17-year-old Byron White as the chief suspect in the killing of David Peterson in the Greenwood neighborhood on Feb. 23. (Photo: SPD sources)

SEATTLE — Seattle Police have arrested Byron White, the 17-year old male suspect sought in the Greenwood area murder of David Peterson.  A brief police statement said that Seattle police receive information Saturday morning that the suspect was going to be boarding a plane at Sea-Tac International Airport.  At SPD’s request, the Port of Seattle police took the suspect into custoday at the airport.

SPD says that there are no suspects outstanding in this case, which remains an active and on-going homicide investigation.

Seattle police on Friday named a 17-year-old as the chief suspect in the robbery and shooting death of David Peterson, who was killed while in his Greenwood neighborhood on Feb. 23.

Sources in the Seattle Police Department said that White would be charged as an adult in Peterson’s killing.

Seattle detectives in the case executed a search warrant at a home in the 9000 block of 4th Avenue NW Friday afternoon.

White is suspected of being the gunman in the murder, sources said. But there were believed to have been two others there that night of the slaying.

Just before Peterson’s murder and robbery of his cellphone, the three suspects stole money from the Baranof restaurant nearby, at 8549 Greenwood Ave. N., and tried to rob another guy on Greenwood, police said.

Dispatchers got a 911 call just before 9 p.m. Sunday from Peterson as he was being robbed at North 85th Street and First Avenue Northwest.

The shooting suspect was described as a black man, about 5-foot-10, thin, 20 to 30 years old, and wearing a North Face jacket.

The other two were described as a black man, about 5-foot-5, and a white woman with straight, “mousey” hair — drab, pale brown coloring.

If you have any information on the suspects, police ask that you call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips. You can remain anonymous and if your information leads to arrests, you could receive a reward of up to $1,000.

David Peterson Christmas 2010

David Peterson and his wife in 2010. (Photo courtesy of family)

22 comments

  • Walter Weems

    Now that some have settled down after heat-of-the-moment passions, let’s look at this in a big picture way. Crime in this region has increased dramatically, it can’t be denied. It affects just about everyone in some fashion or another, often multiple times. This is unacceptable and leads to often surprising turns of political direction within cities and states when conditions get bad enough. Too many people are affected for this not to happen. It steamrolls. It builds. If the liberal progressives don’t figure out how to protect as well as they pander, they will lose the political support of enough voters and destroy their substantial power base due to their own ineffectiveness. People won’t stand by to watch too many innocent grandpa and grandmas get gunned down outside strip malls for as long as some liberals think. People WILL hold you responsible and throw you out of power.

    And here’s a juicy political tidbit that C.R. Douglas should explore: the inherent tension between Satterberg’s office (since the widow of the murdered man works in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office) and Washington governor Jay Inslee, who has over-reached (perhaps not legally, but an awful move) in putting a moratorium of the death penalty as long as he remains in office. Well, Jay … since that has a very practical result in the non-deterrence of crime, making us all even more unsafe … YOU are going to explain your PC-pandering positions over the graves of crime victims … and then he should tell their families in person, why he made that death penalty decision. Remember, though: crime victims may live with a heavy heart over what has been done to them, but they don’t forget to vote! Frankly, if Gov. Inslee does not now reverse his position on the death penalty, it’s like he’s poking his thumb in the eye of Satterberg’s office. I think Inslee didn’t think through his new position carefully enough. Wow, LOTS of political danger there, and for all the right

    • cynic realist

      Ha! Nicely said! Nothing will change except the numbers of honest citizens harmed by crime will increase every year in numbers and severity of crimes. Whoever owns stock in candle companies will make a bundle because of the sales of all the candles sold for vigils in this state. Sales are good and getting better and better because that’s all that Washingtonians do about crime: light a candle for the victim. Expressions of feelings, especially about vague tenets of “social justice,” are easy for the local populace in the Seattle area … practical solutions to real problems that affect the greatest number of average, law-abiding citizens? Not so much. Maybe the Dem legislative friends of Jay Inslee have stock in the candle companies?

    • Guest

      Democrats are insane. That's all there is to it. They see evidence (Chicago, Detroit, DC, Cali) of their policies right before their eyes yet they continue to try it over and over again. Seattle is well on it's way to that list. Good luck seattle folks. It's going to only get worse. I refuse to spend a dime in king county. I will drive on fumes to just get out of the county to pay for gas.

  • cynic realist

    Ha! Nicely said! Nothing will change except the numbers of honest citizens harmed by crime will increase every year in numbers and severity of crimes. Whoever owns stock in candle companies will make a bundle because of the sales of all the candles sold for vigils in this state. Sales are good and getting better and better because that’s all that Washingtonians do about crime: light a candle for the victim. Expressions of feelings, especially about vague tenets of “social justice,” are easy for the local populace in the Seattle area … practical solutions to real problems that affect the greatest number of average, law-abiding citizens? Not so much. Maybe the Dem legislative friends of Jay Inslee have stock in the candle companies?

  • Joe

    You can't walk down the sidewalk in AYou can't walk down the sidewalk in America anymore without being attacked, robbed, raped or assaulted by a gauntlet of carbonies. This nation is truly in decline from civilization, armed forces, economy, jobs but the Demorats clamor for more of the same. Illegals etc…

    • Kit

      I walk the sidewalks of Seattle and the biggest problem is all the construction blocking one's path. It's amazing to see all the investment pouring into the city. Things are booming. Today, I did see a fat white man passed out drunk in the middle of the sidewalk by the QFC.

  • Guest

    Story after story of crime and violence. The common denominator is almost every single one of the perpitrators is a young black man. The only way for crime to stop is if the liberals stop being so scared to mention it and for the black community to stand up and do something about it. It's time NAACP, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson et al. It's time.

    • Skip

      The President announced a 200 million dollar program just yesterday to help minority youth, but obviously you don't keep up with the news. Keep spewing that ignorant hate and it will come back to bite ya.

      • guest

        why do the blacks, (as well as the perverts) scream hate and discrimination whenever someone calls them out on what they are doing wrong?

    • metina

      really ignorant to say "The common denominator is almost every single one of the perpetrators is a young black man." the worst crimes committed in this area, meaning murders were done by white males! look at the facts not your emotions!

  • Gregory

    Seattle is on a downward spiral similar to San Francisco, NYC, Detroit, WA DC, Los Angeles., Chicago…………..all controlled by Democrats.

    Perhaps Liberal programs do not work????

    • Skip

      Perhaps, Republican programs and inept management put the entire world into a recession, which we're barely crawling out of. Lost my job, lost my 401k and almost lost the house. Also, the 2013 federal shut down is another great example of GOP thinking – duh!!!

  • Poo

    IN CUSTODY! Was using the stolen cell phone as late as yesterday and was about to board a plane at SEATAC, likely using his own name. Good thing thugs are SO stupid.

  • Joe B

    It's not just in Seattle that these crimes are on the increase, and despite what the head in the sand types say it is mostly young black males–most likely raised without a father.

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