Man charged with 2 Bellevue hate crimes

The 55-year-old suspect was charged in two recent incidents in Bellevue — one at a gas station involving three men of Syrian descent, and another at a thrift shop involving a man of Ethiopian descent.

A 55-year-old man was charged Friday with hate crimes in two separate incidents in Bellevue.

Kenneth Dean Sjarpe, whose last known address was in Snoqualmie, is in King County Jail on two counts of malicious harassment, with bail set at $225,000.

If convicted as charged, the King County Prosecutor’s Office said, sentencing guidelines call for about 12 months’ imprisonment.

In an altercation at a gas station in the early evening of May 23, Sjarpe allegedly yelled at three men of Syrian descent, “Go back to your country you …,” ending with a racial slur.

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The encounter at the Arco AM/PM on Northup Way continued with an exchange of the f-word and with one of the reporting victims stating, “Come over here and say that to my face.”

Sjarpe allegedly said at one point, “I’ll kill you, I’ll shoot you, go back home you Muslim …,” ending that tirade with another insult.

The alleged victims said that Sjarpe got into his Ford Bronco and drove toward the men, swerving away “at the last second” and driving off.

Video surveillance cameras caught the incident.

A report by Bellevue police Detective Steven Hooper said the video shows one of the alleged victims pumping gas, reacting to something, “and then is seen waving his arms and yelling at something off camera.”

The report said that another of the alleged victims is seen getting out of the passenger seat of his car, “also starts yelling and appears to raise his middle finger toward the subject.”

The report said the video then shows the Bronco moving “toward the subjects’ car,” with one person jumping back, and then the Bronco is seen leaving the scene.

Hooper said the next day he happened…

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