Man accused of looting downtown Seattle store facing federal gun charge

Man accused of looting downtown Seattle store facing federal gun charge
Multiple stores in the downtown Seattle core were looted after their windows were smashed. (KIRO 7 News)

SEATTLE — A 32-year-old Auburn man was arrested Tuesday and has been charged federally with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

In a news release, U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran said Al M. Talaga was arrested without incident and is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court later Wednesday.

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Talaga is accused of breaking into and looting a store in downtown Seattle on June 1. When police arrived at the scene, they saw a number of people running away from the store.

Witnesses told police some of the looters loaded stolen items into a nearby car. As police searched for the suspects, they said they found items inside the car that appeared to be stolen from the store and a .40 caliber Glock in the driver’s side door panel.

Police impounded the car and learned it was registered to Talaga. During a later court-ordered search of the car, police said they found a second gun under a floor mat.

A database check showed the second gun, a .40 caliber pistol, was reported stolen in 2019 following a home invasion robbery in Tacoma.

Officials said Talaga is prohibited from possessing firearms due to a second-degree robbery conviction in 2005 in King County Superior Court.

Being a felon in possession of a firearm is punishable by up to five years in prison.