Man charged with unlawful possession of firearm after allegedly attempting to steal a motorcycle

The 24-year-old suspect was charged on May 6.

A Tukwila man was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm after allegedly pulling out a gun after attempting to steal a motorcycle in Federal Way on May 4.

Dereas S. Kinniebrew, 24, was charged with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm by King County Superior Court on May 6. After a felony conviction in juvenile court for a residential burglary in February 2013, Kinniebrew was forbidden from possessing any firearms.

Bail has been set at $5,000 and Kinniebrew’s arraignment is set for May 20 at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Kinniebrew has been issued eight warrants since 2015 and has previous convictions for residential burglary, second-degree burglary, theft, and vehicle prowling, among others.

According to the charging documents:

On May 1, Kinniebrew responded to a man’s ad on Facebook about the purchase of a Honda Shadow motorcycle and went to the man’s garage to inspect it.

A few days later around 1 a.m. May 4, the man and two other individuals were smoking on their back patio when they saw a person, later identified as Kinniebrew, in a black hooded sweatshirt allegedly prowling vehicles.

The men watched Kinniebrew mount the man’s motorcycle, which he had previous inspected days earlier, and attempt to roll it forward. Kinniebrew allegedly then opened the man’s garage door.

At this point, the men confronted Kinniebrew and he began to run. The men closed distance on him, and Kinniebrew then allegedly pulled out a black handgun and racked a round into its chamber.

One of the men tackled Kinniebrew, disarmed him and handed the gun to another person, who ejected the round and placed the gun away from the scene.

The man then held Kinniebrew down until police arrived, and officers found Kinniebrew “bleeding heavily” when they arrived. The men allege that Kinniebrew said he would be back for the trio in the future.

One of the men who was selling the motorcycle recognized Kinniebrew as the prospective buyer who came to inspect and negotiate a sale of his motorcycle days prior.


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