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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Seattle

For Immediate Release

Monday, March 25, 2019
Brian T. Moran
, United States Attorney
Contact: Emily Langlie

Man Who Held ATF Undercover Agent and Confidential Informant at Gunpoint Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

October 20, 2017 Incident in Lowe's Parking Lot in Kent, Resulted in Injuries to Two Assailants

One of two men who attempted to rob a federal agent working on an illegal firearms investigation, was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 14 years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.  ABDIRASHID HARET, 20, of Des Moines, Washington, pleaded guilty in December 2018, to assault on a federal officer and person assisting a federal officer, using a firearm in a crime of violence and robbery of funds belonging to the United States.  At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge James L. Robart noted the defendant had a “fascination with guns,” that created “a situation that is dangerous to yourself, the people you are with, and the community.”

“This defendant illegally carried and trafficked firearms, bringing violence to our community,” said U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran.  “He was a convicted felon – arrested for assault and carrying a stolen gun – who returned to crime within months of his juvenile conviction.  He threatened an undercover law enforcement agent – the very person we trust to do the dangerous work needed to keep us safe. This long prison sentence is warranted to protect our community.”

According to the facts in the plea agreement, HARET and co-defendant Omar Abdullah, 23, of Seattle, Washington, had made arrangements to sell two firearms to a man who, unknown to them, was a confidential informant (CI) working with ATF.  The CI and an undercover ATF agent met with HARET and Abdullah in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Kent Lowe’s store.  After the agent and CI got in the car, HARET and Abdullah used the two loaded firearms they brought to the meeting to rob the undercover agent and the CI.  The undercover agent told HARET and Abdullah he would get additional money out of his car.  HARET followed the agent out of the car, still armed with a firearm.  The undercover agent was able to pull his own gun and fired at Abdullah who still held the CI at gunpoint in the car.  HARET dropped his gun and attempted to flee.  He was struck and injured running across Pacific Highway.  Both Abdullah and HARET were taken to medical facilities.  Abdullah continues to get specialized treatment for his gunshot wounds.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF).

 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd Greenberg.

 

Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Public Affairs Officer Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov

 

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