Federal Detention Center, SeaTac

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Federal Detention Center, SeaTac
SeaTac Federal Detention Center (23324410024).jpg
Location2425 South 200th Street
SeaTac, Washington 98198
Security classAdministrative
Population608[2] (as of March 23, 2015)
OpenedSeptember 1997[3]
Managed byFederal Bureau of Prisons

The Federal Detention Center, SeaTac (FDC SeaTac) is a prison operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. It is located in SeaTac, Washington, near the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport,[3] 12 miles (19 km) south of downtown Seattle and 16 miles (26 km) north of Tacoma, 1 mile (2 km) west of the 200th Street exit at the Interstate 5. The facility is also adjacent to the Angle Lake light rail station.[4]

The administrative facility employed 200 staff as of 2002 and housed 608 male and female inmates as of March 23, 2015.[2][5]


FDC SeaTac

Opened in September 1997, the detention center was designed for a capacity of 1000 inmates.[1] The facility houses sentenced inmates, both male and female, as well as pre-trial, holdover, and immigration detainees.[3] Many are involved in federal court proceedings in the Western District of Washington.


Inmates are issued a "standard bed roll" consisting of bedding and towels upon arrival. Once assigned to a unit, inmates are estimated for size, provided clothes, and issued an identification card that must be carried at all times except to and from showers.[3]

Death of Roxanna Brown[edit]

Roxanna Brown, the director of the Southeast Asian Ceramics Museum, died in a cell at the detention center on May 14, 2008. She had been arrested on May 9 for alleged wire fraud upon her arrival in the United States to give a lecture at an Asian art symposium at the University of Washington.[6] The charge was dropped immediately after her death at the facility.[7]

A medical malpractice lawsuit was filed by her son Taweesin Jaime Ngerntongdee after it was determined that Brown died of peritonitis caused by a perforated ulcer.[6] The suit claimed that she had suffered stomach problems in the detention center and other inmates took her to a shower after a guard did not respond when she vomited something that "smelled like excrement." When Brown called for help after the 10 p.m. lockdown on May 13, the guard told her that she would have to wait until the morning for medical attention, according to the suit.[7] Detention center officials acknowledged that there was no overnight medical staff on duty and took the case to mediation. The federal government settled the case for $880,000 in July 2009. Attorney Tim Ford stated that part of the settlement stipulated that Brown's death would be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.[6]

Prosecutor murder plot[edit]

The Federal Bureau of Prisons filed a request on June 16, 2009, to transfer Clayton Roueche of the United Nations gang from SeaTac to the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, after the discovery of an alleged plot with fellow inmate Luke Elliott Sommer to kill three federal prosecutors and the warden of the detention center. Roueche was eventually transferred to the U.S. Penitentiary in Lee County, Virginia.[8]

Notable inmates (current and former)[edit]

Inmate Name Register Number Status Details
Colton Harris-Moore 83421-004 Released in September, 2016 American criminal and former fugitive nicknamed the "Barefoot Bandit"; pleaded guilty in 2011 to stealing several small planes and a boat, and bank burglary; also committed over 100 home burglaries.[9][10]
Jim Bell[11] 26906-086 Released on March 12, 2012 Crypto-anarchist
Roxanna Brown[12] 35939-086 Died in cell on May 14, 2008[7] Alleged wire fraud
Ethan Nordean 28596-509 Awaiting Trial Arrested for participation in the 2021 United States Capitol attack. Member of the Proud Boys
Marc Emery[13] 40252-086 Released On: 07/10/2014 cannabis advocate
Anthony Curcio 38974-086 Released in April 2013; completed 6-year sentence at USP Coleman. Former college football player and real estate investor, convicted in 2009 for masterminding one of the most elaborate armored car heists in history.[14][15][16]
David Sidoo 25452-111 Served a 90-day Sentence, released December 17, 2020 Charged with connection to the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal.
Clayton Roueche[17] 36994-177 Transferred to FCI Edgefield Drug lord
Luke Elliott Sommer[18] 38474-086 Transferred to USP Coleman II, Florida[19] Bank robbery

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "FDC Seatac in Seatac, WA". Strombergarchitectural.com. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  2. ^ a b "Weekly Population Report". Federal Bureau of Prisons. July 29, 2010. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d Mary Bosworth (2002). The U.S. Federal Prison System. SAGE Publications. p. 299. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  4. ^ Lindblom, Mike (July 27, 2016). "Light rail's Angle Lake Station in SeaTac nears the finish line". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on August 22, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  5. ^ "FDC SeaTac". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  6. ^ a b c Mike Carter (July 7, 2009). "U.S. pays $880,000 in death of detained antiquities expert". The Seattle Times. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  7. ^ a b c Jason Felch (September 11, 2008). "Once an aid in a federal probe, antiquities scholar becomes a key target". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  8. ^ Kim Bolan (July 8, 2010). "B.C. gangster Clay Roueche plotted deaths of prosecutors: Documents". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  9. ^ "Colton Harris-Moore Lands In Seattle". Q13 FOX. July 21, 2010. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  10. ^ "FBI — Camano Island Man Pleads Guilty to Multi-State Crime Spree". Fbi.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  11. ^ "Inmate Locator: James Dalton Bell". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  12. ^ "Inmate Locator: Roxanna Maude Brown". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  13. ^ "Inmate Locator: Marc Scott Emery". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  14. ^ Doughery, Phil. "D.B. Tuber". History Link.
  15. ^ Stangeland, Brooke. "Out of Prison, Real-Life Thomas Crown Looks Back on Almost-Perfect Heist". ABC news.
  16. ^ Kushner, David. "The All-American Bank Heist". GQ Magazine.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ Carter, Mike (July 8, 2010). "Canadians allegedly plotted prosecutor murders, jailbreak". The Seattle Times. Archived from the original on July 12, 2010. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  18. ^ James Ross Gardner (September 2009). "Heist". Seattle Metropolitan. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2010.
  19. ^ "Inmate Locator: Luke Elliot Sommer". Federal Bureau of Prisons. Retrieved July 21, 2010.

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Coordinates: 47°25′19″N 122°18′06″W / 47.42194°N 122.30167°W / 47.42194; -122.30167