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13-year-old boy found stabbed to death in Pacific, sister missing

Brandon Suhr, 19, of Algona, was arrested in June 2012 for allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in Pacific on May 31, 2012, and killing her 13-year-old brother with a knife and samurai sword and kidnapping her. She was later found unharmed.

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gavelKENT — A 20-year-old Algona man was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment last year in Pacific and killing her 13-year-old brother with a samurai sword.

Brandon Suhr pleaded guilty in April to first-degree murder and first-degree burglary. Both charges included deadly weapon enhancements.

The sentence range for the crimes was 25 to 32 years in prison, and prosecutors had recommended 30 years.

In earlier court documents, police said Suhr had confessed to the killing in an interview with detectives after his arrest.  Police said Suhr told them he went over to the family’s Pacific apartment on May 31, 2012, because he felt his girlfriend was “the one” and, after a breakup it was hard to live without “the one.”

He said he entered a bedroom that he believed was his girlfriend’s, but it turned out to be her 13-year-old brother in the bed instead.  He said that when the boy woke up, the boy began screaming and reached for a knife on his bed stand, and Suhr said he stabbed the boy in “self-defense,” police said.

The man said his girlfriend came into the bedroom, saw the scene and began fighting with him.

Suhr then allegedly forced the girl to write a note claiming responsibility for the killing and took her to his parent’s house in Algona, where he was later arrested.

The girl was unharmed.

According to court documents, the father of the girl woke up that night to find blood on the floor of the home and reported that his wife told him three Japanese samurai swords were missing. They later discovered their daughter was missing and that their dead son’s body was in a bedroom closet.

Police said that after his arrest, Suhr wrote a letter of apology to his ex-girlfriend. The letter stated, “I am sorry for the pain I have caused you and your family. I hope in future years or lives that we can move forward in are (sic) union be as one. I have and always will love u.”

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05/08/13

Speak to your kids about ‘stranger danger’

SEATTLE — On the heels of the Cleveland abduction case, a lot of parents are taking the opportunity to talk with their children about stranger danger.

crime-scene-tape-police-lightsIt is one of the sad, unfortunate and all too often tragic realities that we can’t always be near our children and we can’t always protect them.

There will always be those who want to do them harm.

“I think everybody can understand the difference between when somebody is trying to be nice to you and wanting to pull you into a car or lead you away from what you are doing. I say that`s the communication that you want to continue to have with your child to develop that instinct. That`s what`s going keep you safe,” Bellevue Police Department spokesperson Carla Iafrate said.

The events in Cleveland this week serve as a great reminder to talk with our children about stranger danger.

These girls lost a decade of their lives after they were abducted, missing family, friends and an education.

Now parents can, not only, celebrate their return but share an important lesson with their children.

“It`s a good opportunity to talk to your kids about what`s gonna happen when a car drives by when they`re walking home from school and somebody`s saying get into my car. You want to say no, you want to yell, you want to run into a neighbor`s house. You want to get away,” Iafrate said.

No place is immune to the danger.

Here in Washington there are more than 70 open missing persons cases right now in our state.

You might recognize some of these faces, among them, a 2-year-old from Bellevue who vanished 18 months ago, little Sky Metalwala.

Information can help your child stay safe.

“There`s a fine line because you don`t want to scare them but you want to communicate with them that it`s important that they need to be aware out there. Any time ages that they start to walk to school maybe 7 all the way up and this is important for adults too,” Iafrate said.

The conversations don’t take long but experts say once is not enough.

Talk with your children often about the danger.

Help keep them safe until they can take care of themselves.

pacificteenSEATTLE — Brandon Suhr, 20, of Algona, pleaded guilty Monday to breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in Pacific last year and killing her 13-year-old brother with a knife and samurai sword.

The Seattle Times said prosecutors plan to seek a 30-year prison term when Suhr is sentenced June 7 for killing Wally Denesha on May 31, 2012.

In earlier court documents, police said Suhr had also confessed to the killing in an interview with detectives after his arrest.  Police said Suhr told them he went over to the family’s Pacific apartment because he felt his girlfriend was “the one” and, after a breakup, it was hard to live without “the one.”

He said he entered a bedroom that he believed was his girlfriend’s, but it turned out to be her 13-year-old brother in the bed instead.  He said that when the boy woke up, the boy began screaming and reached for a knife on his bed stand, and Suhr said he stabbed the boy in “self-defense,” police said.

The man said his girlfriend came into the bedroom, saw the scene and began fighting with him.  As they fought, the wounded boy crawled on the floor into the hallway, but Suhr said he dragged the boy by the feet back into the bedroom and put him in the closet because “it would be rude” to leave his body where the family would find him, police said.

Suhr then allegedly forced the girl to shower and to write a note claiming responsibility for the killing, threatening to kill the rest of her family if she refused, police said. He then formed the girl to leave with him and go to his parent’s house, where he was later arrested.

The girl was unharmed.

According to court documents, the father of the girl and the slain boy woke up that night to find blood on the floor of the home and reported that his wife told him three Japanese samurai swords were missing. He then handed the phone to his wife, who said that her daughter had been harassed by a person she identified as the suspect.

The mother than said she found a note on a family bulletin board that said, “Mom, I’m leaving and I’ve killed [victim]. Don’t look for me and I’ll finish the job.”

The mother said that the previous evening her daughter had asked her how to get a No Contact Order against Suhr. After the killing, the girl was found at Suhr’s home in Algona, which is about 2 miles north of Pacific.

Police said that after his arrest, Suhr wrote a letter of apology to his ex-girlfriend. The letter stated, “I am sorry for the pain I have caused you and your family. I hope in future years or lives that we can move forward in are (sic) union be as one. I have and always will love u.”

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