Federal Way, WA – A convicted felon arrested for allegedly threatening a woman with a gun three days after wrapping up his prison stint was released without bail last week.
Blake Kirvin, 31, was released from prison in late March after serving time on previous organized retail theft and unlawful possession of a firearm convictions, according to the Kent Reporter.
Kirvin was prohibited from possessing firearms due to his prior convictions, but prosecutors said that didn’t stop him from pointing a gun at a bystander in the parking lot of an apartment complex on March 27.
The incident occurred at the Crestview West Apartments located at 27912 Pacific Highway South at approximately 3:30 p.m., the Kent Reporter reported.
A woman said she was walking across the parking lot outside the complex when she noticed that two people sitting inside a gold Chevrolet Tahoe were arguing, according to court documents.
The woman said a female got out of the vehicle and stood near her, at which point the male inside the Tahoe got out carrying a gun, the Kent Reporter reported.
The female bystander said the armed suspect pointed the gun directly at her, according to court documents.
He was later identified as Kirvin.
The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said in a press release that the victim told police the suspect ordered her to leave at gunpoint.
“The woman told police she was ‘so scared’ and thought her ‘life was going to be taken,’” prosecutors said.
The victim noted that three young children sitting in the back seat of the vehicle witnessed the incident, according to the Kent Reporter.
Police responded to the scene and ordered Kirvin to get out of the Tahoe, but the suspect allegedly began “fumbling around his waist,” investigators said.
He then allegedly leaned into the rear portion of the vehicle before finally complying with the officers’ commands, according to the Kent Reporter.
Police took Kirvin into custody and then spotted two handguns lying on the back seat where the three children had been sitting, court documents read.
Prosecutors said the three children were two, four, and 11 years old.
The Tahoe belonged to the female Kirvin was arguing with, and she refused to grant police permission to search her vehicle, the Kent Reporter reported.
Investigators obtained a search warrant and recovered the two semi-automatic handguns from the back seat area, as well as more than 12 grams of cocaine, 118 grams of marijuana, 190 amphetamine tablets, and an additional firearm, according to prosecutors.
Kirvin was subsequently charged with felony assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, the Kent Reporter reported.
In addition to his criminal history, his recent prison release, and the nature of the alleged offense, King County prosecutors further noted Kirvin had been the subject of nine warrants since 2009 and “would be unlikely to return to court if released,” according to the press release.
They urged the judge to hold Kirvin on a $100,000 bond.
The judge ignored that request and released the convicted felon without bond.
Kirvin’s next court hearing has been scheduled for April 11.