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United States v. Caraang
United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
May 15, 2018
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
ARJAY CARAANG, Defendant.
C. COUGHENOUR, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.
matter comes before the Court on Defendant's motion to
suppress (Dkt. No. 32) and the Government's motion to
seal (Dkt. No. 41). Having thoroughly considered the
parties' briefing and the relevant record, the Court
finds that neither an evidentiary hearing nor oral argument
is necessary and hereby DENIES Defendant's motion
to suppress (Dkt. No. 32) and GRANTS in part and DENIES in
part the Government's motion to seal (Dkt. No. 41) for
the reasons explained herein.
September 24, 2016, at approximately 1:46 a.m., an employee
at the Cloud Nine Tavern (“Cloud Nine”) called
911 to report an incident involving a customer with a gun.
(Dkt. No. 30-1 at 2.) Over the next five minutes, the
employee provided the following information to the dispatcher
who relayed it to police officers responding to the
01:46 - A customer was in the Cloud Nine parking lot waving a
01:47 - The subject was standing next to a silver Toyota
Camry with license plate number ABV-6818.
01:48 - The subject was described as a male, Pacific Islander
in his early 20s, about 5'6”, with long black hair,
wearing a Seahawks hat and clothing. He had possibly been
drinking, and was last seen holding a silver pistol in his
01:49 - The subject was with 5 to 10 others in the parking
lot, listening to loud music and possibly arguing. The
reporting party heard the pistol make a “click”
sound, which he believed was a round being chambered.
01:50 - The Toyota associated with the subject began
reversing in the parking lot, and was last seen possibly
pulling out northbound from Cloud Nine.
(Id. at 2-3.)
reporting party gave his name and phone number before hanging
up. (Id. at 3.) Kent police Officers Rausch and Hale
drove to Cloud Nine to identify potential victims and
witnesses, while Officers Prusa and Steiner pursued the
Toyota. (Id.) As Officer Prusa arrived at Cloud
Nine, she saw a silver Toyota Camry with license plate
ABV-6818 leaving the parking lot. (Dkt. No. 43-3 at 5.) The
CAD log contains the following entries about what happened
01:52 - Officer Prusa pulled the Toyota over a few blocks
from Cloud Nine.
01:55 - Officer Rausch reported that there was “No PC,
01:56 - Officer Hale reported that a bouncer at the Tavern,
different from the original 911 caller, told him that he saw
the suspect rack the slide on a chrome handgun and yell
“anybody want some?”
01:57 - Officers Prusa, Steiner, and others performed a
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