Detectives say two men were stalking Galen Griffin with plans to rob him.
A Washington County grand jury has indicted Steven Rhee (photo on right) for a robbery on October 2, 2012 on Rosa Road that led to a fatal shooting.
Washington County Violent Crimes Unit Detectives believe that Forest Alig and
Rhee were following Galen Griffin, waiting for the opportunity to rob him of his backpack. They followed him for over 10 blocks through the neighborhood on SW Rosa Road close to SW 183rd Avenue. Griffin continuously changed direction
and concealed himself in an attempt to avoid a confrontation.
Investigators believe Alig and Rhee split up when they lost sight of Griffin
while they were following him. They were communicating with each other by cell
phone as they eventually located and reconvened in an attempt to contact Griffin.
Investigators believe Alig and Rhee were carrying knives when they attempted
to confront Griffin.
Griffin called the Sheriff’s Office and reported that he believed he was being
followed. Police say he did the right thing by calling deputies to help him, but prior to
deputies arriving, Alig confronted Griffin. During the confrontation, Griffin
warned Alig repeatedly to get away from him and to leave him alone. It was
reported Alig ignored the warnings and continued the confrontation. Griffin
shot his handgun once toward Alig, but he continued to advance on Griffin.
Griffin shot his handgun a second time towards Alig, then ran away
down SW Rosa Road in the opposite direction.
Deputies arrived and contacted Griffin; he was cooperative with investigators.
Deputies found Alig deceased on the side of SW Rosa Road with one gunshot
wound in his chest. Deputies contacted Rhee a short distance away and
interviewed him concerning his involvement.