SEATTLE — King County prosecutors on Thursday charged a suspect who they say tried to goad deputies into killing him during his arrest in Covington on June 27.
Shaun Tubbs pleaded not guilty to nine felony counts, including Taking Motor Vehicle Without Permission in the First Degree, Possession Stolen Property in the Second Degree, Dangerous Weapon Violation, Making or Having Vehicle Theft Tools, Possession of Stolen Vehicle x2, Theft of Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the Second Degree and Resisting Arrest.
Tubbs was arrested after a viewer spotted him riding a stolen 2006 Silver Yamaha motorcycle and called 911. As deputies approached him, they say he refused to take his hands out of his jacket and said, “No, you’re going to have to kill me.”
Officers said they used a Taser on him three times and say he withdrew his hand from his jacket and threw a a black handgun as he fell to the ground. The bike he was riding had been stolen from a Seattle man on June 19.
Tubbs is also accused of stealing two trucks, including a Ford and a 2000 Dodge Dakota, and then altering the paint, manufacturer’s serial number or vehicle identification plates.
Deputies say they arrested him on April 24 after he ran from a traffic stop on SE Kent Kangley Road. He was driving a Dodge pickup that had no rear license plate but a temporary plate in the window. As the vehicle came to a stop, deputies say, Tubbs jumped out and started to run westbound. He was caught as he tried to climb a fence. Deputies said he later them he took the license plate off the car because he had two warrants and didn’t want to go to jail.
Officers found a bag full of shaved keys and Taser-style brass knuckles in the center console.
He is also accused of stealing a Penske truck filled with personal property belonging to a man preparing to move to Tennessee. Deputies found the truck at a home on SE 71st Street and talked to several suspects who told them Tubbs showed up with it at 6 a.m. and claimed he was cleaning out his storage unit.
A judge granted the prosecutor’s request to increase his bail to $300,000, citing Tubbs’ threats on my Washington’s Most Wanted Facebook page referring to “the new haters….well people I have your names and it is not hard to find every single one of you…”
Prosecutors argued he has a history of eluding and has claimed that “he will NOT GO BACK TO JAIL.”
A case-setting hearing has been set for July 14.