SEATTLE – The ex-girlfriend Joshua Blake, the suspect in the shooting death of Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu was arrested Thursday, accused of helping Blake after the crime.
Kitsap County Sheriff Steve Boyer said the 32-year-old woman was found at the home where police say Blake shot himself in the head. He later died.
Sheriff Boyer said investigators are confident that Blake is the one who shot and killed Radulescu, 44, during a traffic stop early Thursday morning on Highway 16 near Gorst.
Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Dickinson said Blake, 28, called his ex-girlfriend shortly after the murder. Investigators believe the woman was actively trying to help Blake get out of the area and the two met up at the home where Blake ultimately killed himself.
“She pressed him for why he was in so much trouble and he made the statement that he shot a cop,” said Dickinson. “She was trying to arrange some sort of transportation, however it was, from that address out of the area."
Police say Blake shot and killed himself as a tactical team closed in on the home where he was hiding. Dickinson said a .40-caliber handgun was found at the home and is being tested to see if it was used in the murder.
Dickinson would not elaborate on what led police to the house, other than to say it was based on a lead.
The woman, whose name was not released, was booked into the Kitsap County Jail on $500,000 bail. Her arraignment on a charge of rendering criminal assistance is expected Friday afternoon.
“I don’t know her exact criminal record, but she’s been a victim on a number of occasions,” said Boyer. “If you read Blake’s history, you’ll find that she was a victim many, many times at his hands. He was violent individual.”
Wayne Foster, the woman's father, said he believes his daughter was acting in fear.
Blake and the woman are parents of a young daughter. Dickinson could not say if the child was in the home at the time Blake shot himself.
Blake, an ex-convict, had a history of antagonizing police and once threatened to kill a law enforcement officer, according to Department of Corrections records.
“Keep in mind, he’s a felon. He’s not supposed to have any guns,” said Boyer.
Radulescu was a 16-year patrol veteran who served his entire career in the area. He was known in the community as "Trooper Tony."
It may never be known why Radulescu pulled Blake over. Dickinson said Radulescu had no dashboard camera on his car and was not wearing a camera on his uniform.
“Really, the two people that knew were Trooper Radulescu and Joshua Blake. When we call out our traffic stops, we typically don’t say the reason we’re stopping a car unless there’s some sort of thing that we feel we need to let people know,” said Dickinson.
No information about a public memorial has been released. Donations to the Anthony Redulescu Memorial Fund can be made at any Key Bank branch.