Colo. criminal caught after leaping from Federal Way hotel

Mirror staff reports:

A Colorado man was sentenced to prison for his role in a crime wave that led to a dramatic arrest in Federal Way.

Jeffrey A. Dorsey, 37, was sentenced to 12 years on March 22 in U.S. District Court in Seattle for possession of a stolen gun, counterfeiting and using counterfeit money, and interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle. He also received three years of supervised release, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan.

On Jan. 18, 2012, Dorsey attempted to elude arrest by Federal Way police when he jumped from the second story of a hotel and ran into a snow-covered field. Federal Way police had received a tip about Dorsey after a citizen reported getting counterfeit money from the sale of a car.

Dorsey's crime spree started in El Paso County, Colorado, where he stole a firearm, ammo, GPS device and a Subaru from a home that was under the care of a house sitter, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office report.

On Jan. 18, 2012, Dorsey responded to a Craigslist ad posted by a Federal Way man who was selling a non-running car. Dorsey wanted the car to obtain a Washington title so he could counterfeit the title for the stolen Subaru and sell it, according to the report. Dorsey paid the man with counterfeit bills, and when the man tried to spend the bills, he learned they were fake and contacted police.

Federal Way police searched for the car in several local parking lots before finding it at the Days Inn, 34827 Pacific Highway S.

Dorsey tried to flee from police by jumping from the second story of the hotel. Upon his arrest, police recovered the stolen firearm, ammunition, computers, printers and $5,460 in counterfeit currency.

Dorsey has agreed to plead guilty to the residential burglary in Colorado with a concurrent 15-year sentence, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The case was investigated by the Federal Way Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The case was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Hobbs, who is a Senior Deputy King County Prosecutor specially designated to prosecute gun crimes in federal court.


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