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UPDATE 2: One suspect surrenders, one remains at large

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by AMANDA WINTERS
Sequim Gazette

UPDATE 2: P.A. police find handgun in suspect’s truck

On April 14, Port Angeles Police Department officers served a search warrant on a light blue Toyota pickup truck allegedly driven by Timothy Patrick Smith on April 13 when he drove Michael Moyle away from the scene of the collision on S. Laurel Street at Viewcrest Avenue.

When officers served the search warrant on the Toyota truck they located a loaded 25-caliber handgun. Court records show that Smith has a prior felony conviction and under both state and federal law cannot lawfully possess a firearm. Washington state felony charges for “Unlawful Possession of Firearm in the First Degree” were added to Smith’s booking charges.

The truck had been located late in the evening of April 13 by a citizen in a residential neighborhood within a few miles of the collision. The citizen became aware of the incident and reported seeing the vehicle parked in the area shortly after the collision.

The vehicle was positively identified by police officers as being the vehicle near the collision site and being driven at the time by Smith.

Smith remains in custody in the Clallam County Jail. The investigation and search for Michael Moyle continues.

Those with information regarding this case may contact Sgt. Barb McFall at 452-4545.

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UPDATE: Timothy Patrick Smith surrendered to law enforcement at 4 p.m. today, Port Angeles Police Sgt. Barb McFall said.
 

He is being held at the Clallam County jail on investigation of rendering criminal assistance, a Class B felony.
 

He did not provide any information on the wherabouts of Michael Joseph Moyle, she said.
 

McFall encouraged people with knowledge of his whereabouts to call the Port Angeles Police Department at 452-4545 or to remain anonymous call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The program can pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to any arrest with the filing of felony charges.


EARLIER STORY: 

Law enforcement continued to search the peninsula Thursday evening for two suspects in what police believe was a vehicular assault that injured four family members, including a 4-year-old boy who remains hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center.


Michael Joseph Moyle, 28, and Timothy Patrick Smith, 27, both of Port Angeles, were last seen a block from the site of a serious hit-and-run collision at Laurel Street and Viewcrest Avenue in Port Angeles.

They were driving a Toyota pickup truck that was later found abandoned on Old Mill Road in Port Angeles.

Car rammed into telephone pole
Police said around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, for unknown reasons, Moyle, driving a black Ford Mustang, pursued a Subaru sedan driven by Stewart Baker, 24, of Port Angeles, from the Albertson’s parking lot to Laurel Street at Viewcrest Avenue.

Port Angeles Police Sgt. Barb McFall said witnesses saw the Mustang drive into the back of the Subaru at a high rate of speed, pushing the car about 150 feet into a telephone pole. The pole struck the rear driver’s side of the Subaru where a 4-year-old boy was sitting.

Also in the car were Tawny Baker, 48, of Port Angeles, mother of Stewart Baker and the 4-year-old, and Stewart Baker’s 1-year-old daughter.

The 4-year-old boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries, McFall said. He suffered a broken hip and leg, she said.

Tawny Baker and Stewart Baker and the 1-year-old girl were taken to Olympic Medical Center. Police said Tawny Baker suffered serious injuries. She was listed in satisfactory condition Thursday afternoon. Stewart Baker and his daughter were treated and released.

Suspect flees
McFall said the Mustang was found out of commission a block away from the scene of the collision, apparently disabled by the force of the crash.

A Port Angeles Police officer arriving at the scene saw Moyle and Smith driving away, not knowing they were involved in the incident, McFall said.

Police believe the collision was the result of an intentional assault and have probable cause for the arrest of Moyle for one count of felony hit and run and for four counts of vehicular assault. There also is probable cause for the arrest of Smith for rendering criminal assistance.

Suspect appeared in court same day

According to court documents, Smith and Moyle, both convicted felons, have extensive criminal histories in Clallam County.

Moyle appeared in Clallam County Superior Court just an hour before the collision Wednesday, according to court documents. Moyle attended a hearing before Judge S. Brooke Taylor to reset a trial for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana charges stemming from a July 20, 2010, arrest. He posted $2,500 bond and was released from jail the same day.

Moyle faces charges in a separate court case stemming from a search warrant that was served on his house in January when law enforcement connected him to the shooting of a black bear on Old Joe Road. According to a certification for probable cause filed in court, police found marijuana, methamphetamine, suspected synthetic narcotics, 28 glass drug pipes, five illegal knives, $11,000 cash, a semi-automatic handgun and four different kinds of gun ammo at the residence Moyle shared with a woman and two young children.

He was charged in Clallam County Superior Court with unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, according to court documents. He posted $10,000 bond and was released from jail.

Moyle attended a hearing on the above charges April 7 and the trial was set for May 25, hearing minutes show.

According to court documents, Moyle pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and possession of marijuana in July 2009 and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. In 2002 he pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary, vehicle prowl, theft of a firearm and second-degree theft. He was sentenced to 30 months confinement.

Court documents show Smith pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2001 shooting death of Michael Sindars and was sentenced to 48 months in prison. Since 2008 he has been cited in four separate incidents and charged with intimidating a witness, possession of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault in the fourth degree and hit and run but all charges were eventually dismissed, according to court documents.

Persons with knowledge of their whereabouts can call the Port Angeles Police Department at 452-4545.

Persons wishing to remain anonymous can also call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). The program can pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to any arrest with the filing of felony charges.

Please visit the Port Angeles Police Dept. website here for CrimeStoppers information.

 

Reach Amanda Winters at awinters@sequimgazette.com.

 

 

 

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