A 23-year-old woman is accused of killing a Seattle cop’s son in a hit-and-run. Police believe Kadeirdre Rials had been planning to rob 22-year-old Mo Radcliffe’s car. On January 25, Radcliffe and his girlfriend returned to their home in Sammamish, a town 40 miles east of Seattle, home after walking their dog. In the parking lot of their apartment complex, Radcliffe noticed a group of people around his car. When he confronted them, the suspects got into a gold Lexus SUV. The victim was armed and opened fire as the car speeded towards him. Radcliffe was hit and was later pronounced dead. Rials was arrested and accused of being the driver on January 28.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Rials Is Being Held on a $1 Million Bail
Rials is being held on a $1 million bail, reports KIRO7. The station says that Rials waived her right to appear in court on January 30. Officers are still looking for the gold Lexus SUV that Rials is believed to have been driving. Dash cam footage (above) captured the car shortly after Mo Radcliffe’s death. The Sammamish Patch reports that the car may have bullet holes in it.
Rials is a resident of Renton, Washington, located about 10 miles south of Seattle. The Sammamish Patch reported that a 17-year-old female was with Rials when she was arrested. That person was arrested and accused of identity theft as well as suspicion of possession of stolen property.
A reward of up to $4,000 was being offered for information that led to an arrest in the case.
Rials has a lengthy criminal record. Her last arrest came in July 2016 when the suspect was arrested on charges of identity theft.
2. One Friend Said of Mo Radcliffe, ‘You Knew Him for 30 Seconds & You Wanted to be His Friend’
Friends of Mo Radcliffe have been paying tribute to the Guatemalan-born victim. KIRO7 reports that he was known to love his dog, Blu. That tribute piece adds that outside of Radcliffe’s apartment, “friends brought flowers to the park and left candles.”
One pal, Brooke Duncan, told Fox Seattle, “Someone that was such a bright light (and his life) … was snuffed out because somebody wanted a debit card and car.” Duncan also said that Radcliffe’s girlfriend witnessed the entire incident.
Another friend, Robert Stevenson II, told Fox Seattle, that the pair had been friends since the first grade. Stevenson II said that Radcliffe had been adopted by his parents shortly before starting school in the United States.
3. Rials Describes Herself as a ‘Mother First’ on Instagram
On her Instagram page, Rials refers to herself as a “mother first.” She also uses that moniker as her username on the site. While on Facebook, Rials refers to herself as “Love Alana,” an apparent reference to a deceased friend. Rials posts multiple photos with her son, 4. She writes in her about section, “F***in’ with me is a privilege.” She is active on Snapchat where she goest by the name, Cashout53.
4. Radcliffe’s Father Was Part of the West Seattle Bank Robbery Response Unit
A statement from the Seattle Police Department on Radcliffe’s death said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer’s family.” The blog refers to Radcliffe’s father as a “veteran” officer with the department. A colleague identified Radcliffe’s father as Officer Todd Radcliffe, that friend added that Officer Radcliffe is “probably one of the highest class indviduals I know.”
According to West Seattle Blog, Todd Radcliffe was a member of the West Seattle Bank Robbery Response unit.
Fox Seattle reports that Radcliffe’s mother works as a school teacher. Brooke Duncan added, “What his parents are going through I can’t fathom; parents shouldn’t have to lose a child.”
5. Another Suspect in Radcliffe’s Death Was Shot Dead by Police
On January 27, two suspects were tracked down by police in Des Moines, Washington. Initially a standoff insued, involving sheriff’s deputies and teenage suspects, reports KOMO News.
KIRO7 reports that the two suspects, pulled weapons on officers. A 17-year-old accomplice was shot dead by police. The other suspect, 16, was arrested by authorities and appeared in juvenile court on January 30.
The Smammamish Review refers to the three officers involved in the shooting as “veterans.” They have all been placed on administrative leave.