Charges Filed in Connection with the Shooting Death of Convicted Child Molester
Tacoma, WA: Over the weekend, Tacoma Police Detectives arrested Dustin Lee Smith and Marcus Maurice Moore for the March 18th shooting death of convicted child molester and wanted criminal Raymond Serrano.
Background - On March 18, 2020, Tacoma Police Officers were dispatched to a shooting that occurred in the area of "D" Street and East 26th Street near the Tacoma Dome. When they arrived, they found Raymond Serrano, who had been shot once and was deceased. Police recovered a 9 mm shell casing, a .380 caliber shell casing, and a bullet fragment near the scene. Serrano died from a single gunshot wound to his torso, and the medical examiner recovered a fired bullet from inside his body.
Charging documents in this case state that both Smith and Moore were armed on the night of the 18th near the Tacoma Dome where they frequented to smoke marijuana and drink.
The two were in a vehicle driven by a female when they drove past Serrano and an unnamed witness. The witness told people that as the vehicle drove past, someone yelled out, "Get the fuck out of the street" or words to that effect. The witnessed replied with "nothing but love, brother" as the car continued to drive past. That is when vehicle made a U-turn and drove back towards Serrano and the witness. The witness approached the car making a heart symbol with his hands as the car passed. That is when the vehicle made another U-Turn and shots were fired from the passenger side striking Serrano.
Using surveillance video from a nearby business, police were able to gain a little more information about the vehicle that was involved. A description was distributed with a request for information. Initially there was no responsive information, and the request was sent out a second time. This time, police received information from a Washington State Trooper, who told them that, on March 26, 2020, he stopped a vehicle that matched the description of the suspect vehicle. The persons identified in that stop were the female driver and Moore.
Upon further investigation, detectives learned that Smith, Moore, and another male were arrested for an incident in Olympia on March 20th. During the Olympia incident investigation, police recovered a Springfield Arms 9 mm semi-automatic pistol and a Lorcin .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol, along with ammunition. Some of the ammunition from the 9 mm pistol was consistent with ammunition located at the scene of the homicide. During the autopsy of Serrano, a 9 mm bullet was recovered. Crime analysis of the evidence at the scene indicated the 9 mm round was consistent with a Glock firearm and not a Springfield Arms.
Smith, when interviewed regarding the shooting, told investigators that Moore was carrying a 9 mm Glock during the shooting and he was carrying the Lorcin .390 caliber pistol. Smith states that after the shooting they went to an apartment were Moore traded his Glock for the Springfield Arms pistol. Smith states that Moore was the first to fire and believed he struck Serrano in the torso. Smith states that he fired his weapon into the air only after Moore had fired and Serrano fell to the ground.
According to the charging documents that given the completely random and unprovoked nature of the shooting, coupled with the fact that both Smith and Moore were involved in a felony involving a firearm and violence in Olympia just 48 hours after killing Serrano, that bail be set at $1,000,000 dollars for each of them.
Both Smith and Moore are now sitting in Pierce County Charged with Drive by Shooting and Murder 2nd Degree. Bail was set at $1,000,000 dollars each.