Home-invasion robbery suspect arrested; another on the loose

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Kirkland Police have one man in custody but are still looking for a second suspect in a vicious and violent home invasion. Police still don't know why this attack happened and believe it was random -- and that bothers police and neighbors alike.

"The nature of this event and the violence - it is pretty shocking," says Vamsi Kanamaluru. He moved into the brand new Vintners Ridge development just a month ago.

Most of the neighboring homes are still under construction, and the home invasion attack two weeks ago at the home in the 13700 block of NE 133rd St. has shaken the few neighbors here.

The suspect taken into custody has been identified as 19-year-old Blessing Gainey, but Kirkland Police are still looking for 21-year-old Vincent Sisounong.

Investigators say the pair broke into one of the few inhabited homes early in the morning of Oct. 12 and attacked the 19-year-old son.

"I think they might have taken a few items but it was more apparent that it seemed like the attack was the motivation," said Lt. Mike Murray with Kirkland Police.

The victim made it to a neighbor's house just a block away. Bloodstains still mark the front porch where they tried to stop the bleeding before he was taken to Harborview.

Police say the victim doesn't know the suspects and at this point they believe the attack was random, but "we don't have everything to piece it together," Murray said.

Neighbors are relieved one suspect is in custody, but worried that they still don't have a motive.

"I think that is the most important thing in my mind because it doesn't seem like a random robbery," Kanamaluru said.

Kirkland police are warning people that Sisounong may be armed and if you see him, call 911. As for Gainey, he's being held at the Kirkland jail on an unrelated warrant. He's not expected to be charged in the home invasion until next week.