Renton man charged with assaulting cop outside court
A 23-year-old Renton man was charged Thursday with third-degree assault on a Seattle police gang detective in connection with a fight outside a courtroom at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent on Monday. Most of the incident was captured by a security camera.
Seattle Times staff reporter
A 23-year-old Renton man was charged Thursday with third-degree assault on a Seattle police gang detective in connection with a fight Monday outside a courtroom at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
Aydriane Holloway, a member of the Deuce 8 street gang, was attending the trial of fellow gang member Robert Isabel, who is charged with drive-by shooting for a January 2012 incident in Seattle’s Central District, according to court documents.
Detective Ben Hughey, who was dressed in a suit, observed Holloway “angrily staring” at Isabel’s alleged victim inside the courtroom, the documents say. Hughley warned him and Isabel’s brother to stop, the papers say.
When court went into recess around 9: 30 a.m., Holloway and others attending the trial went out into the foyer, where Holloway continued to glare at the alleged victim, the papers say. The man yelled to Holloway that he would not be intimidated, according to charging papers.
Much of what happened next was captured by a surveillance camera and that footage was provided to The Seattle Times.
There is about a one-minute gap in the video because the camera is typically fixed on the third-floor elevators and a security officer had to pan over to the rotunda to follow the fight, explained Cameron Satterfield, a spokesman for the King County Department of Executive Services. The video does not include audio.
The roughly five-minute video shows Hughey walking into the camera’s view with two men to his left; they appear about to get onto an elevator but then two other men — presumably Isabel’s alleged victim and a companion — are seen in what appears to be a verbal confrontation. Hughey appears to put himself in between the two groups and is seen placing a hand on Holloway’s chest to keep him from advancing before all of the men move out of the camera’s view.
According to charging papers, Hughey identified himself as a police officer and Holloway grabbed the detective’s shirt collar and pushed him backward.
As Hughey attempted to get Holloway on the floor, King County Deputy Prosecutor Stephen Herschkowitz tried to aid the officer but was kicked.
Herschkowitz can be seen in the video lying on the floor in the fetal position before sitting up and being helped to his feet.
Charging papers say Holloway punched and head-butted the detective, who struck back with his fist, then head-butted Holloway. A court security officer, followed by two others, came to help the detective, according to the papers and video.
As the struggle continued, Holloway bit the detective on his left forearm, and Hughey struck Holloway in the head to get him to release the bite, charging papers say.
Eventually, Holloway was placed into handcuffs and taken away by court security officers.
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