A 19-year-old man is accused of pointing a loaded gun at a auto body shop owner after rummaging through her vehicle in Redmond on April 24.
Trevor Waithaka, whose last known address is Federal Way, was charged with first-degree robbery and pleaded not guilty on May 11. His bail is set at $100,000, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
“The facts of this incident are very alarming,” wrote Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Brynn N. H. Jacobson in charging documents.
On April 24, Redmond Police received a call from an auto body shop owner who also lives on the property in a trailer. The owner reported an unknown man was outside her home near the 18500 block of NE 116th Street with a gun and going through her vehicle, according to charging documents.
The owner told police she opened the door to her trailer because she thought it was her son outside, and the man — later identified as Waithaka — allegedly pointed a gun at her, which was later found to be loaded, documents state. The owner told police that she feared for her life during the incident.
Waithaka reportedly fled the scene until officers caught him nearby with a cardboard box of the owner’s property. He allegedly told police the firearm was inside the box, documents state. Police found unspent rounds in the Glock firearm.
The box of property belonging to the owner and several customers totaled about $1,150, including three key fobs. The owner told police several other cars at the auto body shop appeared to have been prowled by Waithaka, documents state.
Waithaka was recently booked into the jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, but charges were not rush filed at that time, according to the prosecuting attorney’s office.