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posted Friday, May 13, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 20
Man shoots himself after 8-hour standoff on Queen Anne
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Man shoots himself after 8-hour standoff on Queen Anne

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A robbery suspect shot himself after an 8-hour standoff with police in Queen Anne on Monday. According to the charging documents filed Wednesday in King County Superior Court the man has been charged with first-degree armed robbery of a man he met on the Gay hookup app Grindr.

The charges allege Alik Lebedev, 41, a registered sex offender, went to the victim's condominium on Roy St. in Seattle on March 25 after the two connected on Grindr. But after the two men met in person, the alleged victim said he wasn't interested anymore, although he told police that he and Lebedev were friendly and talked for a while. He gave Lebedev a glass of water, and then Lebedev left that night.

The victim alleges he had a change of heart and contacted Lebedev again on Grindr, and asked him to come back to the condo where he was in bed waiting for Lebedev to return. Prosecutors say Lebedev came into the room, threatened the victim with a handgun, and stole cash, two watches and a credit card, according to charges.

King County prosecutors described the robbery as 'sophisticated,' in part, because they say that before he left, Lebedev took the victim's phone and removed the SIM data card, wiped his prints from a credit card he touched but left behind and forced the victim to delete the messages they'd exchanged.

The victim remembered that Lebedev had drank the water he offered him when they first met. He found the glass and put it in a storage bag to preserve it for police and, according to law enforcement officials, detectives were able to use DNA and fingerprints they recovered from the glass to identify Lebedev.

Detectives then obtained a search warrant and, according to officials, a SWAT team tried to serve a warrant at a residence in the 400 block of W. Galer St. Lebedev, however, barricaded himself inside the home and threatened to shoot himself or police and refused to surrender.

The man released a juvenile male from the residence about 8 a.m. Police initially reported it was the man's adult son, but later reported the person was a minor with an unclear relationship to the suspect.

At 2:40 p.m. Seattle police reported that officers found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest inside the residence. Medics rushed the victim to Harborview Medical Center and he is expected to live.

Court records indicate Lebedev, a Russian citizen who has lived in the U.S. for 16 years, served two years in prison after he was arrested in 2006 in an Internet sting for trying to solicit sex and sending pornographic photos and videos to a police officer in New Hampshire posing online as a 14-year-old boy.

Lebedev also was arrested in 2000, when he was caught using a stolen car and trying to steal $4,000 worth of rings in a burglary at the Everett Mall Sears. He spent almost three years in prison for the burglary and 2-1/2 years in prison for the sex-offense charges. He was released the second time in April 2009.

Lebedev was in trouble with the police again in 2010, when he failed to register his address when he moved. While Seattle Gay News does not profess to tell our readers how and where they meet for hookups or dates, it is important to note that crimes linked to dating apps Tinder and Grindr, including rape, child sex grooming and attempted murder, have increased seven fold in just two years. SGN reminds Grindr users to be careful when using the app. Each year hundreds of crimes are reported to police by people claiming they met their attacker, blackmailer, or thief on a dating hookup app.

In June, 2013, 30-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown murdered two Gay men in Seattle, in a brutal hate crime that police say was premeditated and arranged on Grindr.

The bodies of two Gay men, 27-year-old Ahmed Said and 23-year-old Dwone Anderson-Young were found in the early morning hours not far from Capitol Hill, where the three men were last seen leaving R Place in Said's car.

According to police, Anderson-Young and Said were both executed by Brown no more than 17 minutes after they had picked him up via Grindr. Both victims were shot in the head and there was no evidence of a struggle, robbery, exchange of drugs or any other type of crime. Neither of the victims had a criminal history, leading police to believe the crime was motivated exclusively by hate.

After Brown was apprehended by authorities, he revealed to detectives that he had, indeed, targeted the two men for murder and was charged with two counts of aggravated first-degree murder. Seattle police also identified Brown as a convicted sex offender.

According to media reports the murder of Anderson-Young and Said was not an isolated incident, unfortunately, and police remind people that apps like 'Jack'd' and 'Scruff' sometime prove to be just as dangerous.

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