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Trooper's killer told passenger to 'turn her head' | Update
The 18-year-old woman who was with Joshua Blake has told investigators she and Blake were high on meth and alcohol when he told her "to roll down her window and turn her head" before he shot and killed Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu during a traffic stop.
Megan Mollet is one of four South Kitsap residents who were arrested Friday and made their initial court appearances Monday afternoon on charges of first-degree rendering criminal assistance.
When sheriff's detectives first interviewed Mollet about 6 a.m. Thursday, five hours after Radulescu was shot on State Route 16 near Gorst, she denied knowing anything about the shooting and denied that she knew Blake. However, a couple hours later other officers talked with her brother-in-law, Ray White, who told them Mollet — his wife's sister — and Blake lived with them in the 4100 block of Alder Road West in Bremerton.
Mollet and the other three suspects — Andrew Bartlett, 30, Corinne Nelson, 26, and Daniel Carter, 37 — were all contacted Thursday morning at the residence at 4299 Sidney Road where Blake's pickup was found, before he was tracked a few hours later to a Scofield Road property where he shot and killed himself as a SWAT team closed in on him.
According to the charging documents, after Mollet was booked in the county jail, she said she and Blake were using meth and alcohol at the Alder Road West residence before they decided to visit friends in Port Orchard. A few minutes later Radulescu pulled the pickup over, and when he approached the passenger side and asked to see the vehicle registration and insurance, Blake reached toward the glove compartment as if to get the documents but instead pointed a gun at the trooper and shot him in the face.
When Mollet told a friend sometime after Blake shot himself Thursday about what happened, she said when the truck was stopped that Blake told her "to roll down the window and turn her head," according to court documents.
After Blake and Mollet arrived at the Sidney Road residence sometime after 1 a.m. Thursday, she stayed there while Blake left with Bartlett in a car driven by Nelson. They first drove to a residence in the Belfair area, where Blake went inside briefly but came back out, then they drove to Scofield Road, where he had arranged to meet his ex-girlfriend, Jessi Foster. She also has been charged with rendering criminal assistance.
Bartlett admitted to investigators that while they were driving to Scofield, Blake told them he shot an officer and also threw his cell phone out the window after taking the SIM card out.
Carter, who lives at the Sidney Road address and is Nelson's boyfriend, initially told investigators that Blake arrived at his residence alone, hid his truck in the bushes and said he had just shot "someone" and needed a ride out of the area. Since Carter did not have a driver's license, Nelson agreed to drive Blake while Carter stayed at the residence with Mollet.
All four suspects allegedly knew that Blake had shot a state trooper but did not notify authorities.
Ray White and his wife were at Mollet's court hearing Monday, and afterward he told reporters that he was Josh Blake's "best friend," and that his sister-in-law was too traumatized after witnessing the shooting to know what to do.
"She didn't ask for any of this," White said. "She didn't do anything."
Asked why Blake would have shot the trooper, he replied, "Honestly, I couldn't tell you, man," adding, "It's hard to understand how this happened."
"I still don't know what to think about it," White said. "I feel bad for the trooper's family; I heard he was a really good guy. It's awful."
White also said Blake called him Thursday morning to ask for help, but White declined. He said Mollet has lived with him and his wife for more than two years, but Blake had been living at their place for just the past month or two.
As for Mollet, White said he talked to her on Thursday after Radulescu had been shot and Blake had killed himself, and "she just wasn't the same.
"I can't imagine anyone would be the same after something like that happened in front of you."
Sheriff Steve Boyer said at a midday news conference Monday that a sixth person had been arrested that morning and booked on the same charge as the others. That suspect is a 43-year-old South Kitsap man who has not yet been identified.
Ray White, whose 18-year-old sister-in-law was with his friend Josh Blake when he shot Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu, talks to reporters outside the Kitsap County Courthouse on Monday. (Tim Kelly/Staff photo)