A 23-year-old man was arrested after a fatal carjacking in Kent led to the death of 38-year-old Jered Sperling.
Bond for the suspect has been set at $1 million, with probable cause found for murder in the second degree, unlawful possession of a firearm in the second degree, and car theft.
"We want to thank every person who called in tips,” said Kent police Detective Melanie Robinson. “This is a very tragic case that has rocked everyone to the core. Our deepest condolences remain with the family and friends of Jered Sperling.”
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According to police, Sperling was carjacked at a storage facility in Kent just after 8 p.m. on Monday. His truck was found Tuesday morning at an apartment complex. A body that police believe was Sperling was found in the back of the truck.
“We are absolutely sickened by this senseless tragedy. Our heart goes out to Jered’s wife and family,” said Detective Robinson.
People who knew the 38-year-old said he was one of the good ones and proud of his work.
“He told me if he puts 110 percent in, he’ll get 110 percent back,” said Joshua Park, the owner of neighboring business, Buck's Teriyaki.
Park said the businesses nearby are mourning his loss. Sperling helped keep the block clean and wanted to see success for his neighbors.
“I see him 6 in the morning when I get here for inventory, and he’s sweeping the whole lot,” said Parks.
Park believes Sperling and his wife moved to Kent in 2017 and while they had only lived in the community for a few years, he said his death is a significant loss.
“He’s really in-tune with the community so we lost a good member,” said Park.