Body found stuffed in shopping cart after man pushing it runs off

cartSEATTLE — It’s not unusual to see a homeless person pushing a shopping cart down a street in south Seattle.

But a neighbor was taken aback when she saw a man with dreadlocks and a baseball cap casually pushing a shopping cart filled with clothing down an alley near Martin Luther King Jr. and South Austin Street on Thursday — and she noticed feet hanging out of the cart.

Hodan Mohamed learned what happened when her neighbor called her at work.

“She called me and said, ‘Hodan, I see somebody in my back yard pushing a shopping cart and, you know, it’s a body.’ And I was, like, wow, OK, call 911 and she was like, ‘I don’t speak the language, they ask for too much information, can you do something about it?'”

But instead of calling 911, Hodan called another neighbor and that neighbor eventually called 911.

“When officers arrived, they found that there was a deceased human body inside the shopping cart,” Seattle police spokesman Drew Fowler said.

The Seattle Police Department said fire officials determined the person had sustained fatal injuries, but that officials were still working Thursday night to determine the cause of death.

Witnesses say the man who was pushing the cart with the body was rummaging through trash can after trash can.

When a neighbor confronted him, he left the cart and ran away.

Officers searched the area but the man was nowhere to be found.

The delay in making the 911 call may have given the suspect time to get away.

“We, we keep everything to ourselves,” Somali immigrant Faid Ugas said.

This is a very diverse community in this area of Seattle, filled with people from other countries.

Seattle police have said there is a problem here because some immigrants are reluctant to call 911.

“There’s a gap. There’s no connection between police and the community,” Ugas said.

Ugas immigrated from Somalia two decades ago.

He says a language barrier is part of the problem, but the bigger issue is the lack of trust between police and the community.

“We don’t get the help necessary we need from the police department and the city as a whole. They don’t help the Somali community. They need to outreach to the community. They need to ask them, what are their needs? What are their problems?” Ugas said.

Officers in the South Precinct say they have encouraged everyone to call 911 when the need arises.

They say there are multilingual operators available and police stress they don’t know there is a problem unless they get a call and time is critical.

If anyone knows anything about the man pushing the cart, police ask that you call 911.

8 comments

  • DuhNigreus

    This self-entitled African beast demands more outreach from the police and greater fulfillment of it's "needs". Outrageous!

  • Bob

    He talks of how they are left out and abandoned by the PD – poor me. But his statement "“We, we keep everything to ourselves,” Somali immigrant Faid Ugas said. sums up why- they chose not to get involved and then whine when they are part of things.

  • Pamik

    "I don't speak the language and they ask too many questions" is no excuse. If you're not going to be part of the solution, obviously you're part of the problem. You came to this country for whatever reason now embrace it instead of just sitting there looking out your window.

  • rskinzluva

    This is what makes me upset about immigrants, they want to partake of what our country has to offer, but yet don't want to help others. I guess some might call what I just said racist, but wholly embrace or don't complain when things don't go your way. Just b/c the law/authorities in your former country didn't help, doesn't mean ours won't but it would help if you started to learn the language in order to communicate. The U.S. is the only place that doesn't require language proficiency in order to immigrate. Why?

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