From left: Andrew Bartlett, Corinne Nelson, Jessi Foster, Megan Mollet and Daniel Carter are accused of rendering criminal assistance to Josh Blake, the man accused of shooting and killing Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu.
BREMERTON, Wash. —
A sixth person was arrested Monday in connecting with last week's shooting death of Washington State Patrol Trooper Tony Radulescu, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said.
That person, who was arrested at 11 a.m. on Monday, is a 43-year-old South Kitsap man Steven Banks.
Like the five others arrested Thursday’s shooting, he is accused of rendering criminal assistance to Josh Blake, then man accused of shooting and killing Radulescu. Blake died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Thursday.
Police said Megan Mollet, 18, and Blake were both high on methamphetamine and alcohol when Radulescu pulled them over, possibly for speeding.
During the stop, Blake told Mollett to roll down the window and turn her head and then leaned over as if he was opening glove box to get the registration, police said. Instead, Blake shot the trooper, according to the sheriff's office.
Mollet’s brother-in-law said she claimed she was too terrified afterward to call police.
“She’s a victim, man. She didn’t do anything,” Ray White said. “She was just scared, didn’t know what to do. People said she was going to go to jail just ‘cause she was there and she believed them.”
Police said Blake then drove the truck to an address on Sidney Road where he abandoned his truck. Authorities said 37-year-old Daniel Carter helped arrange a ride for Blake to an address on Scofield Lane.
Andrew Bartlett, 30, and Corinne Nelson, 26, used a white Ford Escort to drive Blake to a home in the 3700 block of Scofield Lane and then came back to Sidney Road where the Escort was impounded by officers, police said.
Ginger Nelson, Corrine Nelson’s mother, said she is devastated that her daughter is facing charges for allegedly aiding the killer.
“This is totally shocking. It’s just not her,” Ginger Nelson said. “It breaks my heart, but my heart goes out to the family of the officer, the trooper.”
Police said Blake’s former girlfriend, Jessi Foster, arranged to get a ride with a man to the Scofield address in Port Orchard, and then planned to get Blake out of the area, but the man ended up leaving them behind at that address.
Police said Foster made calls to get her and Blake out of the area, but Blake shot himself when officers moved in.
Banks, who was arrested Monday, is being held on $500,000 bail and is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday.