One of the thugs responsible for the 2008 murder of Edward “Tuba Man” McMichael is behind bars yet again for the umpteenth time after being found hiding naked in a dumpster after he’d fled a hospital following a shootout and multi-vehicle crash.
The story begins around 3:30 pm Thursday afternoon, when Seattle authorities reportedly received a call about gunfire at an intersection.
“When police arrived, they found 20 shell casings at the scene along with bystanders who said there were several cars that fled from the scene after the shooting, including a red BMW. Investigators said they also found two guns at the scene,” according to local station KOMO.
A couple minutes later, they were called to another intersection for a crash involving the red BMW again and another vehicle.
“Police said the driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene and spoke to police, who were told that the BMW’s driver informed witnesses at that second scene that he had been shot. A third car arrived at the crash scene and picked up the BMW’s driver, who was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the leg,” according to KOMO.
The BMW driver was thug Billy Chambers, 29.
The police quickly tracked Chambers to a hospital, at which point he proceeded to give them a fake name and demanded to see a lawyer.
“Before police could question him further, he ran off from the hospital, ditching his hospital gown before hiding in a dumpster,” according to local station KCPQ.
It was around this time that the officers “learned that he had a felony warrant out for his arrest for escaping community custody.”
Shortly thereafter, a passerby flagged down the police to alert them about seeing a naked man. That’s how they reportedly found Chambers.
He was immediately arrested. He’s since been charged with first-degree unlawful gun possession based on one of the guns found at the crash scene. He’s not allowed to own a gun because of his litany of prior felony convictions.
While it’s good that Chambers is once again behind bars, many say he should have already been there in the first place.
Back in 2008, Chambers and a group of other teens beat and robbed McMichael. The musician died days later.
McMichael was a beloved tubist who’d acquired fame performing on the streets outside the city’s various events:
“For years, the older brother of Edward McMichael tried to get him to join an orchestra. But McMichael, known to thousands as Tuba Man, didn’t want to leave Seattle, where he became an icon with his wild hats and bucket of change outside sports events. … A native of the Seattle area, McMichael played in the Bellevue Philharmonic and the Cascade Symphony before taking his tuba — and a hard hat or wild Dr. Seuss cap — to the Kingdome in the 1980s,” the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported following his tragic death.
“Mike Anderson, who wore an elf’s cap Wednesday and was among many wearing bright hats in tribute, remembered McMichael as the guy who always knew his name and would play ‘The Flintstones’ theme — one of his favorites — whenever he’d approach. To Callie Zuber and two other servers at Safeco’s Hit It Here Cafe, he was the sweet man who said hello, wearing a Cat in the Hat cap. They became friends, and though they didn’t hang out often, McMichael held a special place in her heart — as he did with many who shed tears Wednesday.”
Because of a lack of witnesses, Chambers and his peers couldn’t be prosecuted as adults and thus wound up receiving a minor amount of time in juvenile detention.
“After prosecutors found themselves unable to find witnesses and a juvenile court judge refused try the boys as adults, Chambers, then 15, and the other teens pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to short terms in juvenile detention,” according to KOMO.
Not surprisingly, Chambers immediately returned to a life of crime afterward.
In 2010 he was convicted “for robbing a man in downtown Seattle using a fake gun,” as reported in 2013 by KOMO.
In 2011 he was convicted “for attempted assault and hit and run after intentionally running a woman off the road because she had allegedly reported him for stealing items from her car,”
And in 2013 he was convicted “for illegal possession of a firearm.”
The guy’s a lifelong criminal whose sole accomplishment in life is making headlines for being found hiding naked in a dumpster.
Nevertheless, criminals casually going in and out of prison is the name of the game in Washington State, a liberal region of the country that, like California, is known for its lax treatment toward criminals.
Seattle biz owner robbed eight times claims little to no police response: ‘Very scary. This is not America’ https://t.co/OLU3baAJAG
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) December 30, 2021
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