EVERETT — The red Chevy Malibu was parked outside a Lynnwood home known to police for drugs, identity theft and crimes involving guns.
The man in the passenger seat bided his time. On his belt he wore a badge that read “US Secret Service Special Agent.”
Also inside the car was a backpack. Inside the backpack was a bulletproof vest.
In the center console was a semi-automatic pistol with a bullet in the chamber and 15 rounds in the magazine.
This was no stakeout and he was no Secret Service agent.
He was, according to police and court records, a felon with a long rap sheet.
The police-like props were a big concern.
“Typically when you do see that it sets off alarm bells,” said Lynnwood Police Cmdr. Sean Doty. “There are no reasons this individual should have this stuff.”
Dasheik Muhammad, 29, was arrested for investigation of possessing a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm and possessing heroin with the intent to sell. He was charged in Snohomish County Superior Court on Friday on the firearm allegations.
It is the third serious crime involving a gun that he has been accused of in the last three years.
The Mount Vernon man is awaiting trial in Whatcom County after being arrested for investigation of assault in June 2016. In that case, he’s accused of aiming a revolver at a woman and making threats to kill her.
Muhammad also was arrested in January 2018 after an armed confrontation in a Lynnwood Rodeo Inn parking lot on Highway 99.
In that case, a 56-year-old man was arrested after allegedly threatening people with a firearm that turned out to be a pellet gun.
Police were told the man was causing a disturbance before getting in a car driving away.
Police allege in court papers that Muhammad pulled a gun and fired several shots. Another vehicle and a nearby store were hit by bullets.
He was booked for investigation of assault and illegal firearm possession as a felon. Police have referred the case to prosecutors who have had some follow-up questions, Doty said.
The most recent arrest with the Secret Service badge occurred April 9.
A police dog named Earl sniffed out some heroin when police searched the suspect’s car.
Besides the badge, gun, ammo, drugs and bulletproof vest, police found a scale and $493 in small denomination bills, some of which were tinged with heroin residue.
Lynnwood police officer J. George penned the probable cause affidavit describing the arrest and urging high bail.
“With the items Muhammad possessed he could easily impersonate a law enforcement officer, which is inherently dangerous for the public,” he wrote. “…I believe Muhammad is an extreme risk to the public and has a blatant disregard for the law and safety of others.”
Bail was set at $250,000.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446; firstname.lastname@example.org.