JUSTICE soon after the horrible ending of a young Pechanga Life.
Police were called to the parking lot of an apartment complex in Seattle’s Bitter Lake neighborhood on Feb. 19, where they discovered the body of a 19-year-old Island County man buried in a snowbank with only his toes, nose and part of his chest visible, according to King County prosecutors.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as Mikah Macarro and determined he died from a close-range gunshot wound to the head. His death was ruled a homicide.
A winter storm dumped snow on the Seattle area the weekend before Macarro’s body was found.
Last week, Seattle police arrested two men in connection with Macarro’s death and a third turned himself in to police the following day, according to an item posted Thursday on the Police Department’s online blotter.
Police interviewed a friend of Macarro who said they left Camano Island on Feb. 17 to spend the night in Blakely’s Lake City apartment with Ruelas-Sanchez and a third man, according to court records. The next morning, Macarro and a friend went to leave in Macarro’s Lexus SUV, intending to return to Camano, but returned for the friend’s missing shoes.
Surveillance cameras show that Macarro went with Blakely and Ruelas-Sanchez, and the third man left in a Chrysler to the 13400 block of Greenwood Avenue N., according to court records. All but Macarro returned.
The Chrysler was seized by police, and court records state there was a large bloodstain on the rear passenger seat.
Police documents state that Blakely later drove Macarro’s white Lexus SUV to work in Covington. He was three hours late to work and wanted to leave early, telling his employer that his friend had been killed, according to court records.
Prosecutors on Monday charged Griffin Blakely, 19, of Seattle, and Jorge Ruelas-Sanchez, 20, of Shoreline, with second-degree murder; criminal charges have not yet been filed against the third suspect and the investigation into Macarro’s death is ongoing, said a spokesperson for Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.
Blakely and Ruelas-Sanchez remain jailed in lieu of $1 million each, while the third man, who is 19, is being held on $750,000 bail, jail records show.