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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 4, 2020

Everett, Washington, man charged federally for possessing firearm stolen from Seattle Police Department vehicle during May 30 riot

Photos place defendant at scene of theft with high-powered firearm in carrying-case

Seattle – A 24-year-old Everett resident appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle today charged with possession of a stolen firearm in connection with a high-powered rifle taken during a downtown Seattle riot on May 30, 2020, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.  JACOB D. LITTLE was captured by both Seattle Police surveillance photos and images posted online with the large bag used to store the Colt M4 rifle with a suppressor.  The rifle still has not been recovered.

Using not only the images captured of the riot scene, but tips from the public, Seattle Police investigators linked LITTLE to the stolen firearm.  Images show a man that appears to be LITTLE removing the heavy bag from a Seattle Police vehicle parked outside the downtown Nordstrom store.  The vehicles were heavily damaged and ultimately burned by rioters.  The investigation reveals that in electronic messages following the theft, LITTLE appears to be negotiating the sale of the firearm.  He states in the messages that he has removed the sling and suppressor and the “red dot” (a type of optical sight) from the rifle.  All those accessories were present on the rifle when stolen from the Seattle Police vehicle.

The charges contained in the complaint are only allegations.  A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Possession of a stolen firearm is punishable by up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case is being investigated by the Seattle Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), with assistance from the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force and the United States Marshals Service.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kate Crisham.

 

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Contact: 
Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.
Updated September 10, 2020