Suspect in deadly carjacking at Edmonds Winco Foods identified

Ian S. Bramel-Allen, 43, is accused of killing a 37-year-old man in a Winco Foods parking lot on April 19.

EDMONDS, Wash. — The man charged with killing another man and then stealing a vehicle in Edmonds was charged with first-degree murder on May 25.

Ian Shain Bramel-Allen, 43, also faces motor vehicle theft charges. He is being held on $1 million bail. Bramel-Allen has pleaded not guilty.

Bramel-Allen is accused of stabbing a 37-year-old man to death around 8:45 p.m. in a Winco Foods parking lot in 21900 lot of national highway 99 April 19 night.

According to police, Bramel-Allen fled in the victim’s Kia Sorento.

The Seattle Police Department found the stolen vehicle on the morning of April 20 near Volunteer Park.

Around 11:30 a.m. someone spotted Bramel-Allen near the park.

When Seattle police found him, he stabbed himself in the neck before being taken into custody. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center for treatment, where he stayed for several days before being placed in the Snohomish County Jail.

When a detective was talking to Bramel-Allen at the hospital, he said he “didn’t mean to kill [the victim]”, according to the incriminating documents. “That was not the plan for that day.”

When the detective asked him to repeat what he had said, he replied, “That wasn’t the plan for the day.”

What led to the fatal stabbing?

According to the indictment, the victim was friends with Bramel-Allen’s ex-girlfriend. Although Bramel-Allen’s ex-girlfriend refused to speak, her mother told detectives that the two had broken up a few weeks before the stabbing.

The mother told detectives that Bramel-Allen did not like the friendship of the victim and her daughter and that Bramel-Allen “didn’t like him”, according to the indictment documents.

Bramel-Allen’s ex-girlfriend visited her mother in the hospital the night of the stabbing. The victim was waiting outside the Kia at the time. When his ex-girlfriend came to check on him, he was gone. The mother then saw her daughter’s Kia on the news.

The victim’s mother later told detectives that her son had visited Bramel-Allen’s ex-girlfriend. Weeks before the fatal stabbing, she said the victim told her Bramel-Allen had threatened him over the phone. On the morning of April 19, the victim told her mother that everything was fine.

Detectives attempted to re-interview Bramel-Allen’s ex-girlfriend on April 25. She was found dead of a drug overdose in his Mountlake Terrace apartment.

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Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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