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$1 million bail for suspects in shooting

By MIKE HALLIDAY

Staff writer

The King County prosecuting attorney has put out a $1 million warrant for a suspect in the shooting death of a Federal Way man on State Route 167 on March 12.

Juan “Johnny” Zavala Rodriguez, 20, was being sought this week for the death of Dee Anthony Davis.

Earlier this week, Michael Rideaux, 23, of Tacoma and Rick Rae, 21, of Spanaway, other suspects in the shooting, were picked up by Auburn Police.

Authorities have charged Rideaux and Rodriguez with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and assault in the first degree.

The suspects could face 50-year prison sentences.

Rideaux is being held on $1 million bail, as would Rodriguez if he’s arrested. The amount is based on the “extreme risk” the suspects would pose to “the community and witnesses” of the shooting if they men were released, authorities said.

The suspected weapon, believed to be an AK-47, was recovered, and the remains of the suspect’s vehicle –– a 1994 Honda Accord –– was found after it had been set on fire, authorities said.

Davis, 19, was shot while driving his Honda Passport early in the morning in Auburn. According to investigators, Davis and two passengers in his vehicle left an apartment in Pacific after getting into a fight with some people there during a party. A second car followed Davis and while on SR-167, an automatic weapon was fired. Police estimated more than 20 rounds were shot into Davis’ vehicle.

After the gunfire, Davis’ car crossed the median into the freeway’s southbound lanes and stopped in some brush. When state troopers responded to the scene, they found Davis dead and the two passengers wounded.

An autopsy of Davis revealed he was shot nine times, the county medical examiner reported.

According to authorities, Rodriguez and Rideaux have had run-ins with the law before. Rodriguez was convicted for drunk-driving offenses in 2001 and 2002 and two misdemeanors. Rideaux was convicted of felony harassment in 2004 and has a pending DUI.

Staff writer Mike Halliday: 925-5565, mhalliday@fedwaymirror.com

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