On Monday, Nov. 6, 2023, the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (KCPAO) charged Davante Leach in a recent Auburn Police investigation of an Oct. 19 attempted home invasion burglary that targeted an Asian family.
After hearing from both sides, the court set bail at $1 million and found probable cause for Assault in the First Degree, Attempted Burglary in the First Degree, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree.
According to charging documents, the suspect and two other armed subjects attempted to force their way into an occupied Auburn residence in the early morning hours of Oct. 19, 2023.
- A resident – fearing for his wife’s and his lives – shot at the home intruders as his front door was kicked in.
- The home intruders fled from the front porch, then shot at the residence, striking it several times.
- Twenty-four fired shell casings were recovered from the home’s yard, highlighting the disturbing degree of violence the intruders employed as they retreated.
- Investigators identified the defendant as one of the home intruders based on Ring surveillance footage from the victims’ residence, surveillance footage from a hotel where the defendant resides, and location data for the defendant’s cellular device.
- When arrested on Nov. 1, the defendant – who is ineligible to possess firearms due to his extensive and violent criminal history – had a Glock handgun tucked in his waistband. The stolen handgun had an extended 30 round magazine as well as a “switch,” which is a device that converts a semi-automatic pistol into a fully automatic pistol.
- This attempted home invasion matches a pattern of numerous recent armed home invasions targeting Asian households.
- The defendant’s prior conviction for Assault in the First Degree is particularly concerning to the State (Pierce County Superior Court cause no. 10-1-01652-1). In that case – which resulted in a 150-month sentence – the defendant shot at a vehicle multiple times, striking the victim in the shoulder.
- The defendant is still on community custody as a result of the Assault in the First Degree conviction.
- The defendant also has convictions for Attempting to Elude a Pursuing Police Vehicle (2010); Attempted Robbery in the Second Degree (2009); Theft of a Motor Vehicle (Juvenile – 2008); Unlawful Firearms (Juvenile – 2007); Robbery in the Second Degree (Juvenile – 2006); and Assault in the Fourth Degree (2014).
- In addition, he’s charged in Pierce County Superior Court with Identity Theft in the Second Degree and two counts of Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree (23-1-01129-7).
“Based on the shocking facts of this case and the defendant’s history of violence, the State believes that he poses an extreme danger to the public,” KCPAO said in the documents.
This is the first case against Leach to be sent to King County Prosecutors. As mentioned in court Monday, he currently has a pending felony case in Pierce County.