Ka'Deidre Alana Rials, 23 has been arrested for her role in the vehicular homicide of Moises Radcliffe, whose vehicle she burglarized in consort with a group of teenagers. At present, she is only charged with felony hit-and-run, identity theft and vehicle prowl, pending further investigation into her exact role in the incident. If convicted, these charges add to a storied criminal record for Rials: three counts of third degree theft spanning 2012 to 2015; DUI in 2015; making a false statement in 2014; attempted organized retail theft in 2013; and 5 separate counts of identity theft last year alone. Bail has been set at $1 million. Authorities believe Rials was behind the wheel of the Infinity SUV that struck and killed Radcliffe at a Beaver Lake Park on Jan 25th.
Radcliffe, the son of a veteran Seattle police officer, and his girlfriend were walking their dog in the park; they returned to their vehicle to find it broken into, the window smashed and certain items taken. Rials and the accompanying teenagers still surrounded it. Radcliffe confronted them, causing the suspects to flea to their gold Infiniti SUV. According to Radcliffe's girlfriend, he grabbed his handgun from the trunk of the vehicle. The version of events splinters in two from this point onward. According to one of the teenagers in the SUV, referred to as T.D. in documents, the group suddenly "saw a man standing near the front passenger window of the SUV, pointing at handgun at them. [T.D.] ducked down in her seat and heard a number of gunshots, and the SUV seemed to lose traction (‘do a donut').” According to investigators, however, the SUV was already heading straight toward Radcliffe who at that point fired his weapon in self-defense. No one in the SUV was injured by the gunshots, but Radcliffe was carried through the parking lot by the SUV and ended up pinned under one of its wheels. He died at the scene. Another car at the scene happened to be mounted with a dash cam and caught footage of someone throwing a purse out of the SUV as it sped away. According to T.D., none of the passengers nor Rials, the alleged driver, were aware they had hit anyone until hearing of Radcliffe's death on the news shortly thereafter.
The homicide kicked off a four-day manhunt. Radcliffe's vehicle was not the only one burglarized that evening in Beaver Lake Park - a credit card stolen from another car helped lead police to one of the teenagers, who used the card at a Ford Meyer store. When authorities forensically examined the wallet from which that card was stolen, they found fingerprints that matched Rials'. Rials herself was ultimately apprehended at a house in Skyway near Renton; she is currently being held in a King County jail, having declined to talk to detectives about the incident.
When officers attempted to apprehend another teenager involved in the incident, the 17 year old opened fire on officers, who in turn fired back. The teen was taken to the hospital with severe injuries and later pronounced dead. A 16 year old at the scene carried a firearm as well, dropping it when gunshots began and running into the nearby apartment. A SWAT team arrived; the teen exited the apartment around 5am and was taken into custody without incident. Police do not believe he or she was personally involved in the Beaver Lake Murder.
Rials' arraignment is scheduled for Feb 15 at the King County Courthouse.