CAPTURED: Convicted felon accused of attacking man during argument about litter outside restaurant

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The U.S. Marshals Pacific NW Fugitive Apprehension Task Force arrested Gary Steele outside an apartment in Kent.  Deputies say he tried to give them a fake name when they located him thanks to an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound from a Washington’s Most Wanted viewer.  Steele is WMW Capture #858.

King County Prosecutors have charged Steele with Assault In The Second Degree after police say he hit a 61 year old man in the face and head multiple times after the victim told him to pick up his litter. The attack was caught on surveillance video at the drive through of Wendy’s on Rainier Ave S on March 16th. The victim who was taller than Steele told officers he saw him throwing garbage out of a car window and went outside to tell him to pick it up. Two women and Steele’s 1 year old child were in the car with him. A woman with Steele told detectives that the customer was being very aggressive and didn’t like litter bugs. Police say Steele followed the victim back into the restaurant and started yelling about the victim harassing him. Detectives say Steele then shoved the victim’s chest who followed him outside where Steele punched him in the face 5 times with both fists. The victim fell to the ground and police say Steele punched him in the head 3 or 4 times when he tried to get up. The victim suffered a broken nose, two black eyes and needed five stitches for his lower lip.

"He's been involved in robberies, assaults and illegal possession of firearms," said King County Sheriff’s Sgt. Stan Seo.

Steele’s criminal history includes convictions for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Assault 4, 2 counts of Assault Domestic Violence, Felony Harassment Domestic Violence and Assault 3.


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