Levi Pulkkinen, Seattle 911 (blog), January 4, 2011
One of two men charged in a West Seattle attack alleged to have been racially motivated has pleaded guilty to robbery and hate crime charges.
Pleading guilty as charged last month, Ahmed Mohamed, 23, told the court he and co-defendant Jonathan N. Baquiring attacked a West Seattle teen on May 25 because the youth was white.
“I along with Jonathan Baquiring robbed (the 16-year-old) by stealing items from his pockets while threatening to cap him, whipping him with his belt and burning him with cigarettes,” Mohamed told the court. “We also displayed a knife . . . held it to his neck and threatened to cut his throat.
“We targeted (him) because he was a different race than we are.”
[Editor’s Note: A story recounting the attack can be read here.]