Vehicular homicide driver caught with WMW viewer help sentenced to more than 10 years in prison

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malschSENTENCING UPDATE July 1, 2016 —
Robert Malsch was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison Friday for a DUI hit-and-run collision in Redmond last year that left a 30-year-old man dead.

Malsch was under the influence of alcohol and driving at a high rate of speed when his vehicle slammed into a car that was stopped at a red light on Feb. 28, 2015.

Michael Frederick Ey was killed in the collision.  Malsch jumped out of his car and fled from the scene, but was apprehended a short time later.

Malsch pleaded guilty last month to Vehicular Homicide – DUI, Felony Hit and Run, and Reckless Driving.

Prosecutors recommended a sentence of 125 months — or 10.4 years — and that’s what the judge handed down.

Robert Malsch 2CASE UPDATE May 24, 2016 —
Redmond Police say Robert Malsch has pleaded guilty to Vehicular Homicide – DUI, Felony Hit and Run, and Reckless Driving charges in King County Superior Court. He faces 95 to 125 months in prison. His sentencing is set for July 1st.

On February 28, 2015, Malsch, was driving while drunk and speeding when he rear-ended a vehicle stopped at a traffic light off SR520/Avondale Road and Union Hill Road in Redmond, killing Michael Ey. After running from the scene, Malsch was located with the assistance of a K-9 team and was arrested.

Malsch posted bond and was scheduled to appear for his original trial on Feb 29, 2016. He fled, but was apprehended and arrested with help from Washington’s Most Wanted’s viewers by Everett Police Department on March 17, 2016.

Convicted felon, Jerome Tharpe, who authorities was seen with Malsch when he was on the run is not wanted anymore.

CAPTURE UPDATE March 17, 2016 —
Everett Police arrested Robert Malsch Thursday.

They got an anonymous tip that he was in a vehicle at a gas station in Everett. Officers responded and found a matching vehicle in the area and contacted the driver. Malsch provided a false name, had dyed his hair red and cut it. They compared photos and made a positive ID.

He was booked into the Snohomish County Jail.

Malsch is WMW Capture #744

Jerome Tharpe is still wanted.

FUGITIVES UPDATE March 11, 2016 —
Have you seen Jerome Tharpe, a.k.a ‘Jerry Thorpe,’ in Lynnwood or Everett?

Redmond Police and the U.S. Marshals are looking for him because he was seen with WMW fugitive, Robert Malsch, in the Lynnwood area on March 1st.

Tharpe is a convicted felon for Felony Eluding and Possession with Intent to Distribute Narcotics.

He currently has two misdemeanor warrants out for his arrest: One out of Tukwila Police for Failure to Comply and Driving on a Suspended Driver’s License, the second is out of Mountlake Terrace for being in a Park After Hours.

Malsch is wanted for Vehicular Homicide after he slammed his car into the back of a man’s vehicle at 100 mph on 520.

If you know where either of these fugitives is hiding, Crime Stoppers will pay you a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Just call the hotline anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Redmond Police need your help finding Robert Malsch, who was supposed to start trial on Monday for vehicular homicide from a 2015 case. He showed up briefly and then fled after hearing that the prosecution was requesting he be remanded back into custody because of a recent shoplifting arrest in Lynnwood.

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All of his alleged victim's family flew in for the trial from the East Coast and are now stuck waiting because he took off running. The Redmond Police Pro-Act Unit and the U.S. Marshals Pacific NW Fugitive Apprehension Task Force are searching for him. 

Malsch is likely hiding out in Seattle, the south Snohomish County in the Lynnwood area or Arlington. He has a felony warrant for his arrest for vehicular homicide, felony hit and run and reckless driving with a bail amount of $150,000.

If you know where officers can find Malsch, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit your tip online at There is a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his capture.

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