By Shara Hamby, Sea-Tac News
Deputies were called to a complex of duplex apartments in the 10600 block of Aqua Way S. A resident heard footsteps in a unit that was supposed to be empty. Deputies arrived and saw a man run from the apartment. While searching for the man, they went into a vacant apartment and found large quantities of both fresh and dried blood on the floor and walls. They also found two "bite sticks" typically used to pry open the mouths of fighting dogs to release the bite. Deputies found two pit bulls secured to a railing while searching for the man. The man was found to be in the back bedroom of an occupied apartment. He refused to come out and may have been armed so the SWAT team was called. The man eventually surrendered after negotiations. Two additional pit bulls were found in the apartment. All four were turned over to Animal Control. Deputies believe the apartment was used for illegal dog fighting, and based on evidence recovered, prostitution activity as well. The 26-year-old suspect, Anthony Lee Thompson, was booked on a felony warrant for Escape from Community Custody. Thompson is a convicted felon, with convictions for prostitution, robbery, and felon in possession of a handgun.