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Published on June 21, 2024
SeaTac Man Faces Federal Armed Carjacking Charges After Tukwila Homicide, International Hunt UnderwaySource: Google Street View

Salman Subeyr Haji, a 19-year-old man from SeaTac, has been indicted on federal charges of armed carjacking, linked to a series of crimes culminating in a homicide, according to the U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman's office. Authorities believe Haji, the suspect, has fled the country following the fatal shooting of a woman in the Tukwila Costco parking lot. In addition to local murder charges, Haji now faces a federal indictment that has triggered an international red notice, escalating the case to a global pursuit.

"Our carjacking task force identified this case as meriting federal prosecution," stated Gorman. "Separate and distinct from the fatal shooting in Tukwila, this defendant is alleged to have used a firearm to steal a car from a woman driving in Seattle. She made a narrow escape. This defendant needs to be held accountable." Documents presented in the indictment detail that on January 26, 2024, Haji and an accomplice rear-ended a Porsche Cayenne on Queen Anne Hill, prompting the driver to stop under the pretense of an accident, as reported by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

In the ensuing confrontation, as the victim sought to retrieve insurance details, Haji is alleged to have brandished a gun, demanding the car keys and cash before fleeing with the high-end vehicle. The federal indictment also lists multiple aliases for Haji, including Salman Hagi and Markell Somo Jefferson, complicating the search efforts that now span international borders with the deployment of the red notice.

Under federal statutes, carjacking carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, while a secondary charge of using a firearm in a violent crime can lead to life imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum of seven years to be served sequentially with any additional imposed sentence. It is, however, paramount to mention that the indicted charges remain allegations; and Haji, like anyone accused, is presumed innocent to definitely prove otherwise in a court of law.

The case was meticulously investigated by the Seattle Police Department, Tukwila Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI, with Assistant United States Attorney Brian Wynne prosecuting. Collaboration continues between federal prosecutors and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office as they work to navigate this complex case that has now taken on international dimensions.