Nov. 16, 12:49 p.m.: The suspect involved in the alleged murder of Ravensdale resident Nick Valison has been identified by the King County Prosecutor’s Office as Black Diamond resident Andrew Ralph Baim.
He was been charged with one count of second-degree murder, one count second-degree arson, and two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Prosecutors have requested a $4 million bail, according to court documents, saying that Baim “poses a significant danger to the safety and the community, as well as a substantial flight risk.”
Arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 30.
Nov. 16, 12:41 p.m.: A suspect has been arrested for the murder of Ravensdale resident Nick Valison was arrested yesterday, Nov. 15.
Valise was murdered in his neighborhood on Sept. 21 after checking on a suspicious vehicle in his area; according to a GoFundMe for the family, “there has been an ongoing issue of illegal dumping in the neighborhood for years, with little help from the authorities to patrol and protect the streets, as they are understaffed and cover too large of a geographical area. Unarmed and alone, our dear friend and neighbor was brutally attacked and killed.”
According to a King County Sheriff’s Office press release over Facebook, a male suspect in his 30s has been booked on charges of murder and related offences; the identity of the man was not immediately available.
“Throughout this case, the Major Crimes Unit had significant assistance from many King County Sheriff’s Office Units. We would like to thank the Maple Valley Special Emphasis Team, our Gun Violence Reduction Unit, our Criminal Intelligence Unit, the K9 Unit, Fire Investigations, MARR, King County AFIS, the Muckleshoot Police Department, Precinct 3 patrol, and our Air Support Unit for all of their assistance,” a Major Crimes spokesperson said in the release. “This case could not have been completed without the teamwork we saw in it.”
This is an ongoing story and will be updated when more information is made public.