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Police seek public’s help finding second suspect in Central District slayings

Seattle police have identified a second suspect in Sunday’s double homicide in the Central District, a felon who is considered armed and dangerous. The public is being asked to help locate him.


Seattle Times staff reporter

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Seattle police have identified a second suspect in Sunday’s double homicide in the Central District.

Police are searching for Ali Muhammed Brown, a 30-year-old felon. Police consider him armed and dangerous.

A police source said it appears that Brown fatally shot Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, and Ahmed Said, 27, just steps from Anderson-Young’s house in the 500 block of 29th Avenue South.

A police source said that they identified Brown as a suspect from fingerprints found inside Said’s Mitsubishi that was driven away after the pair were shot. The source said that Brown may have met one or both of the victims online.

Brown, who is black, is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds, with brown eyes. He is believed to be a transient and frequents the South King County area.

If you see Brown, or know his whereabouts, call 911 or the Seattle police homicide tip line at 206-233-5000.

Police said detectives are still working to identify other possible suspects in the case.

In March 2012, Brown pleaded guilty to communication with a minor for immoral purposes and was sentenced to a year in jail. He had initially been charged with first-degree rape of a minor after Kent police said he sexually assaulted a young child several times. It appears Brown is still on probation from that case.

Matalepuna Malu, the second suspect in the slayings, remains at the King County Jail where he’s being held without bail stemming from a federal probation violation and an unrelated assault that police say occurred just before the two men were shot.

Police say that Malu, 26, called his brother shortly after the shootings and said he had shot someone in the face, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Malu’s brother contacted police and Malu was arrested Sunday afternoon outside the Police Department headquarters after he called police and said he wanted to clear his name.

Seattle police said the slayings could have been a hate crime, although the motive remains unclear. Anderson-Young’s mother said he was gay.

During a news conference Wednesday, Mayor Ed Murray stressed that neither victim had a criminal record, and Assistant Chief Carmen Best called the pair “two outstanding citizens.”

“These were not young men involved in crime,” Murray said.

Falana Young, Anderson-Young’s mother, said her son had caught a ride home from RPlace, a gay club on Capitol Hill, with Said. She said the two men had recently become friends.

Hasan Elmi, who is Said’s uncle, said the family is “shocked and stunned.”

Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report.

Jennifer Sullivan: 206-464-8294 or jensullivan@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @SeattleSullivan.



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