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INFORlvIATION-1
DanielT.Satterberg,ProsecutingAttorney
NormMulcngRcgionill.\lstic~Center
010FourthAvenueNorth
Kent,Washington98032·,1,129
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SUPERIORCOUIrT'OFWASHINGTONFORKINGCOUNTY
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INFORMATIONTHESTATEOFWASI-I1NGTON,Plaintiff
8
v.
No.12~C-00823-6
KNT
12~C-00824A
KNT
12-C-00825-2
KNTJOI-INPHOENIXLEAPAI,JOSEPHTROYLEAPAI,andFAAPOUAITAPETERLEAPAJand
eachofthem,10
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I,DanielT.Satterbcrg,ProsecutingAttorneyforKingCountyinthenameandbytheauthorityoftheStateofWashington,doaccuseJOI-INPHOENIXLEAPAI,JOSEPHTROYLEAPAIandFAAPOUAITAPETERLEAPAI,andeach
of.them,of
thecrimeofAssaultin
the
First
Degree,
committedasfollows:
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15
ThatthedefendantsJOHNPHOENIXLEAPAI,JOSEPHTROYLEAPAIandFAAPOUAITAPETERLEAPAI,andeachofthem,inKingCounty,Washington,onoraboutFebruary
26,2012,with
intentto
inflictgreat
bodily
harm,
didassaultMarcelus
Perofetawitha
deadlyweaponand
force
andmeanslikelytoproducegreatbodilyharmordeath,to-wit:aknife,anddidinflictgreatbodilyharmuponMarcelus
Perofeta;
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Contrary
to
RCW9A.36.01I(l)(a),(c),andagainstthepeaceanddignity
or
theStateofWashington.
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20
DANIELT.SATTERBERG
Prosecuting
Attorney
22
 
12-C-O
0823-6
KNT.
CERTIFICATIONFORDETERMINATIONOFPROBABLECAUSE:
ThatRichardKimisaDetectivewiththeFederalWayPoliceDepartmentandhasreviewedtheinvestigationconductedinFederalWayPoliceDepartment
Case
Number12-2444;ThereisprobablecausetobelievethatLeapal,
John
P.,
11.18.1983,1328
S
130
St.,Burien,WA
98168;
Leapal,
JosephT.,01.23.1986,1328
S
130
St.,Burien,WA
98168;
Leapal,
Faapouaita
P.,
02.03.1980,1328
S130
si,
Burien,WA
98168
committedthecrimesof
Assault
in
theFirst
Degree
RCW9A.36.011
and
HarassmentRCW9A.46.020
on
02-26-2012@1500
at
1816
S
320Sf,
FederalWay,KingCounty,Washington.Thisbeliefispredicatedonthefollowingfactsandcircumstances:On
02.26.2012
atapproximately
1507
hours,FederalWayPoliceweredispatchedtoafightwithaweaponcallattheOldCountryBuffet,locatedat
1816
S
320
St,FederalWay,KingCounty,Washington.ItwasreportedtoValleyCommunications(policedispatch)thattherewereapproximatelytwenty
(20)
peoplefightinginsidetherestaurant.Supplementalinformationrelatedthatoneofthemalesuspectswhowasseenleavingtherestauranthadaknifeonhisperson.Hewasdescribedaswearingayellowjersey,whiteshirt,andwhitesweatpants.
It
wasreportedthathehadplacedtheknifeinhispantspocket.Additionalinformationalsorelayedtorespondingofficerswerethatsomeonemayhavebeenstabbed.Officersarrivedonsceneanddetainedthreemalesoutsideoftherestaurantintheparkinglot.ThemaleswereidentifiedasJosephLeapai
(01.23.1986),
hereinreferredtoas
Joseph;
JohnLeapai
(11.18.1983),
hereinreferredtoas
John;
andFaapouaitaPeterLeapai
(02.03.1980),
hereinreferredtoaPeter.Witnessesonsceneprovidedsimilaraccountsoftheincidenttotheeffectof:Victim
#1,
MarcelusPerofeta
(04.28.1989),
hereinreferredtoasMarcelus;andvictim
#2,
FreddyPerofeta
(04.18.1988),
hereinreferredtoasFreddyarrivedattheOldCountryBuffet,locatedat
1816
S
320
St,FederalWay,WAwithseveralfamilymemberstohavelunch.Presentwiththevictimswasawitness/victimtoanOrderViolation,AsentaiLeapai
(07.03.1982)
withhertwoboys,SephaandSia,agesfourandnine,respectively.Thefamilymemberswereseatedinabackroom(banquetroom)toincludeMarcelus,FreddyandAsentaiandherboys,awayfromthegeneralcrowdofcustomers.Awitness,InoamaNguyenobserved
Joseph,John
andPeterentertherestaurantthroughthemainentrance.Theyweretalkingwithsomeoftheirchurchmembers.Observingthis,NguyentoldMarcelusthattheywerepresentandtostayawayfromthem.Shesaidsheobserved
John
enterthebanquetroomwheretheywere.
John
attemptedtotalkwithAsentai'sson,whenMarcelusintervened.Atthistime
Joseph
startedtoattackMarcelus,punchinghim.FreddyattemptedtoassistMarcelus.Duringtheassault,Nguyenobserved
Joseph
haveaknifeandthreaten,"I'mgoingtokillyouandyourfamily,"
Joseph
thenattackedMarcelus,stabbinghimrepeatedlyintheleg.Marceluscriedoutforhelpandsheattemptedtogotohisaid,butPeterintervenedandblockedherfromassistinghim.Severalwitnessesobserved
Joseph
retrievetheknifefromhispantspocket.Morespecifically,witness,Apaauobserved
Joseph
removetheknifehisrightfrontpantpocket.Asheremovedtheknifehestated,"I'mgoingtokill
you,"
directinghisattentiontoMarcelus,secondsbeforeattackinghimwithit.Duringthefightanotherwitness,MaselusiPerofetaobserved
Joseph
removeaknifefromhispocket.Maselusiattemptedtoholdhimback,but
Joseph
gotaway.Maselusisaidheheld
John
andPeterdown.Ashewasholdingthemdown,heobservedMarcelusfallnexttohimwithalargecutonhisarmandalargeamountofbloodonhim.Still,Maselusisaidhesaw
Joseph
holdingtheknife.MaselusisaidduringthefightPeteryelledoutinEnglishthattheyweregoingtokillMarcelusandhisfamily.Maselusisaidhewasunsureifthethreatwascredible,butthatlastyear,allthreesuspectshadbrokenintohishomein
 
BurienandassaultedMarcelus,Hesaidthishasbeenanongoingdisputewiththesuspectsandhisfamily,regardingAsentaiandherboys.Immediatelyaftertheincident,someoneinthecrowdyelledoutthatthepolicewascalled.Thus,
Peter,
John,andJosephfledoutthedoorinto
the
parkinglot,whereMaselusifollowedthem.FederalWayPolicearrivedonsceneanddetainedPeter,John,andJoseph.OfficerFrancodetainedandsearchedJoseph.I-Ierecoveredasmallsilver/brownparing
knife,
withbloodstainson
it.
Theknifewasrecovered
fromJoseph's
waistband.Thebrandofthe
knife
was
inscribed
ontheblade,'Cutco.'Thebladewasapproximately3"andtheoveralllengthoftheknifewas8".YouraffiantinterviewedPeterandhedeniedstabbinganyopposingfamilymembers.Inaddition,hedeniedknowing
if
anyonefromhisHU11ilyhadstabbedanyopposingfamilymembers.HesaidthissituationstemmedfromanongoingdisputewithMarcelusandhisfamilymembers.HesaidMarceluswas"pimpingoutandabusing)'hissister.Inaddition,hissisterwasnotcaringforhisnephews.Youraffiantinterviewed
John
and
he
deniedstabbinganyopposingfamilymembers.
In
addition)
he
saidhewasstabbedbyMaselusiduringthemelee.Hesustainedalacerationtohisleftforearm.Hesaidhewas
there
partakinginlunch,when
he
noticedhisnephewsthere,I-IeattemptedtotalkwithoneofthemwhenMarcelusintervened.Hesaidaverbalargumentensuedwith
Marcelus,
whenMarcelusattackedhim.ComingtohisaidwasMarcelus'familymembers.Hesaidbenoticedbloodoozing
from
hisarm.
"He
saidoneofMarcelus'familymembershadcuthimwithasteakknife.Hesaidafternoticingtheinjurytohisarrn,hetoldJosephand
Peter
thatheneededtogetsomemedicalattention,sotheyleft.,Johnsaidhewasnotawareofanyopposingfamilymembersgettingstabbed.YouraffiantinterviewedJosephandheinvokedhisRights.DetectiveKruseyandCoffeyservedawarrantontheSilverChryslerPacifica,bearingUtahplateC951CT,whichwasreportedtohavebeendriventothelocation
by
Peter,
withJohnandJosephoccupying.DetectiveCoffeylocatedseveralCutcoknivesinthevehicle.Thekniveswerelocatedinablackclothbriefcasestylebag.Thebagwaslocatedonthereal'scat,behindthedriver'sscat.TheknivesweresimilartothekniferecoveredfromJoseph,withthedistincthandleand'Cutco'inscribedontheblade.Theregisteredownerofthevehiclereportedthatshelentthevehicleoutto
Peter
overtheweekend.Duringtheinterview,
Peter
acknowledgeddrivingthevehicletothelocationwithhisbrothers.Inaddition,heconfirmedthatheborrowedthevehiclefromtheregisteredowner.Youraffiantconductedasceneexamination.Theentirebanquetroomwasincompletedisarray.Therewerefoodparticles,vomit,brokenplates;blood,bloodyclothes,chairsandtablesturnupsidedown.Discoveredonthenorthsideofthebanquetroomwasaheavypoolofblood,specificallythenorthwest
wall.
Thewallwasheavilysaturatedwithbloodtransferuncismearmarks.Approximatelythreefeet
(0
theeastwasanotherareaofheavybloodsaturation.Duringthe
searchof
thescene,Detective
Coffey
locatedablack
Carhart
jacketona
chair.
Thejacketwasdrapedoverachairandthesleeveswereturnedinsideout.Thejacketwaslocatedonachairncarthecenterpartition.DetectiveCoffeydiscoveredbloodtransferonthefrontinsidetorsoofthejacket.DetectiveCoffeyattemptedtolocateitsownerandrecoveredaWashingtonIdentificationcardbelongingtoJosephalongwithaBankofAmericadebitcardfromtheoutsidelapelpocket.
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