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A purple Chevy Caprice. Not Venoy Overton's.
Former University of Washington basketball player and convicted pimp Venoy Overton is back in the news, this time

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Drevonn Kelly: Gang Member Allegedly Caught With Stolen Gun in Venoy Overton's Purple Pimpmobile

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A purple Chevy Caprice. Not Venoy Overton's.
Former University of Washington basketball player and convicted pimp Venoy Overton is back in the news, this time because his car was at the center of an incident involving a known gang member, a stolen pistol, and shots fired at Seattle police.

The incident took place on the evening of July 3 in Seward Park. According to court documents and a report published yesterday on SeattlePI.com, two SPD officers were questioning a man in a wooded area of the park when they heard gunshots and "bullets impacting the trees and snapping twigs" nearby.

The cops called for backup and set out in search of the shooter. When they arrived near the area where they figured the gunfire originated, they found a familiar purple Chevy Caprice. The officers note in their report that it was "immediately obvious" the car belonged to Overton, whom they had encountered during "past contacts."

Most infamously, last June the ride was described by Kent vice detectives as a "UW purple colored Chevy Caprice with rims and tinted windows." Overton used it to transport a woman to a stretch of Pacific Highway South, where he convinced her to sell herself for $200 and give him half of the proceeds. Overton eventually pleaded guilty to a felony charge of promoting prostitution in that case.

This time around, however, Overton was nowhere to be found. Instead, police encountered 19-year-old Drevonn A. Kelly, and two females. Kelly, described by King County prosecutors as "a known Valley Hood Piru gang member," was sitting in the front passenger seat.

Citing safety concerns -- including the possibility that a fourth suspect could be armed and hiding in the woods nearby -- the officers searched the car without a warrant. Beneath Kelly's seat, they found a Glock-17 9mm pistol. Nearby, they discovered four spent 9mm shell casings, situated, court documents say, "directly downrange" from where the officers were standing earlier when the bullets were flying.

A subsequent search of the Caprice turned up a 9mm Glock 31-round extended magazine, loaded with 19 bullets. And, when police investigated the origin of the pistol, they learned that it had previously been reported stolen by a King County Corrections Officer whose home was burglarized.

Kelly has a lengthy rap sheet that includes felony convictions for unlawful possession of a firearm, assault with a deadly weapon, and residential burglary, among other charges. As such, he's not allowed to own or possess any gun, let alone one stolen from a prison guard.

Kelly is now charged with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, and is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

As for Overton, it's unclear where he was when the incident unfolded, and how Kelly ended up with his car. An SPD spokesman declined to answer both of those questions, citing an ongoing investigation.

If it turns out Overton was in any way involved in the shooting, or had knowledge of the stolen pistol, he could face a lengthy prison sentence (up to five years) for violating the terms of his plea agreement in the pimping case.

The purple Caprice, meanwhile, was reportedly towed from Seward Park to SPD's evidence processing room, and released on July 5. Court documents don't specify who picked up the car, or where it ended up when all was said and done.

It's also worth noting that this isn't Kelly's first police encounter involving a Chevy Caprice and an illegal 9 mm. According to court records, he was arrested last August for unlawful possession of a firearm, a Luger model C9. In that incident, Kelly was driving a '93 Caprice in South Seattle when officers pulled him over for making an illegal turn.

In addition to the pistol, the cops found a roach in the ashtray, and an unusual note in the glove compartment. Written on lined notebook paper was a message signed by Jose Alvarad that said the car given to Kelly "as a gift" ten days prior.

Whether Overton bestowed a similar present remains to be seen.

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