A Pimp, A Prostitute, and A Gunfight: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

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A Pimp, A Prostitute, and A Gunfight: You Can't Make This Stuff Up!
Emerald Motel, an unwitting(?) accomplice to a sex trafficking plot. (Photo: Local12.com)

A 20-year-old sex trafficking victim’s desperate escape earlier this week led to her pimp, “Dice Capone,” ending up in Seattle police custody.

The girl, identified in police reports as H.A., had been trafficked from California to Seattle with several other women about a month ago to act as a prostitute for William Burt, or “Dice Capone” as he is known in the “prostitution underworld”. 

King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Benjamin Gauen reported that Burt’s crime ring had been found operating in at least three states, and harming countless victims. With the investigation still ongoing, Gauen says that there will doubtlessly be more evidence unveiled soon, per the Seattle Times.

Picking up more women after he arrived in Seattle, Burt rented out motel rooms for the women to complete their “dates,” with the prostitutes each bringing in a mandatory $2,000 per day. They weren’t allowed to keep any of it.

On Nov 2nd, H.A. decided that she wanted to leave, and was then beaten and pistol-whipped by the pimp. H.A. was locked in the $1.4 million dollar Airbnb where Burt and his girls had been staying previously. She was kept there without any way of escaping or way to communicate with the outside world.

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Burt returned on Nov 5th and again beat and pistol-whipped H.A., forcing her to strip off the clothes she had been given. Her face was so torn up that she later told police that her lip had barely stayed on her face.

She initially tried to escape through the blocked front door, but then ran upstairs and jumped out of a 3-story window, landing on an already broken leg. Hobbling to the road in her underwear, she flagged down a car for help. Two women stopped to help, just as Burt and the other women came out of the house and forced H.A. into his vehicle. 

Driving back to the motel, Burt had the other women go in to continue their business. In the car, he told H.A. that she would be let go, but first, he would break all of her teeth. Managing to escape the car before that happened, she ran into the middle of a six-lane highway and sat down.

“H.A. felt safer in the middle of a busy highway, practically naked, at night than being within arm’s reach of the defendant,” Gauen wrote in the charging papers, according to Local 12. “Surveillance video from a nearby business has corroborated H.A.’s account of what happened.”

The 20-year-old topless girl sitting in the middle of traffic spurred several 911 calls before a rideshare “good samaritan” driver stopped and told her to get in his van.

Driving away, the van received several shots in the windshield from Burt, with the driver firing his own shots back. They got away from Burt after about 5 blocks, going to a nearby gas station to await police. 

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H.A. was then taken to a hospital to be treated for a broken leg, broken ribs, spinal injuries, and quite a few other horrific injuries. 

Burt was found outside of the Airbnb shortly after by police and was arrested. Bail was set at $750,000. Several other women were also found at the time. Reports say that at least two of the women had “Dice Capone” tattooed on their faces, as a form of sick advertisement. 

Investigations are ongoing, but Burt has already been charged with human trafficking, promoting prostitution, and assault. 

After being returned home to her family, H.A. has already been contacted through social media by a woman working for the pimp. Police are saying that there is the risk of them locating her and persuading her to go back.

In retrospect, it is likely that the driver’s firearm and his ability to return fire were the only things that stood between them and certain death at the hands of “Dice Capone” that eventful night. 

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  • ejharbet November 26, 2022, 4:00 pm

    too bad Mr cabrone wasn’t made into a good criminal. federal hsts are expensive but id have delighted in using 5 on him. knees shoulders and when I got tired of watching him flop around last one in his head.

  • Jim November 21, 2022, 8:13 pm

    Wonder if Mr. “Dice Capone” ever paid Income Tax?

  • Tom K November 18, 2022, 8:24 pm

    Charged with Assault? What about attempted murder, twice on H.A., and once on the driver of the van.

  • Dwane November 18, 2022, 7:41 pm

    Interstate kidnaping and prostitution along with interstate felony use of a firearm. Where is the FBI? Oh, too busy investigating the Russian Collusion and secret papers of Trump.

  • Bob W November 18, 2022, 5:39 pm

    I guess you have to be a Republican to get a comment posted on this site. This country is so fucked it’s not funny.

  • Bob W November 18, 2022, 5:10 pm

    If there really is a God, that dice asshole will be pushing daisies from six feet under real soon. If that was my daughter it would be sooner then later.

  • Stan d. Upnow November 18, 2022, 1:57 pm

    It started in Cali-fornia and ended in Seattle. Who would’ve ever guessed?

    “Investigations are ongoing, but Burt has already been charged with human trafficking, promoting prostitution, and assault. ”

    In Seattle, those charges will amount to a $250 fine and Burt will be back on the street pimping.

  • RRedneck November 18, 2022, 1:52 pm

    Seeing what state this happened in I’m pretty sure the bad guy will walk with nothing but a slap on the hand.

    • Stan d. Upnow November 18, 2022, 2:03 pm

      Seattle judge — “I’m so sorry we disrupted your ‘business’ for 3 days, Mr. Burt. You say you make $10,000 a day, net profit? As compensation, we will give you $60,000 plus another $50,000 for your ‘inconvenience’. Please don’t sue us!”

  • Tyrone L Greene November 18, 2022, 11:29 am

    This crime of pimping & human trafficking should be so offensive to the morals of a society based on justice via its laws, that it, especially in this particular noted case, should be a capital offence meriting forfeiture of everything including the death penalty with extreme prejudice….

    • Griz326 November 20, 2022, 11:41 pm

      Human trafficking is real. However, not every prostitute is being trafficked.

  • Al November 18, 2022, 10:32 am

    Oddly, the former Seattle City Attorney, Peter Holmes made prostitution ‘legal’ in Seattle.- describing prostitutes as ‘sex workers’, ignoring the substance abuse , disease and other issues, and proscribing officers from contacting street prostitutes for ‘victimless’ crimes.
    Emphasis was shifted solely to arresting the “John’s “, and the Vice unit was severely handicapped in its function. Pimping remained illegal, but as described, the prostitutes are generally unwilling victims or witnesses. They should be glad Mr. Holmes is gone. His was a sad era in Seattle law enforcement.

  • Big Al 45 November 18, 2022, 10:11 am

    Yes, it’s a terrible thing to say, but there are some people in this world that just need to be eliminated.

    • a11four1 November 21, 2022, 10:14 am

      For the life of me, cannot imagine what makes it so terrible to say, in light of the description given.
      What’s terrible is for such things to occur.
      Even more terrible they continue.
      The worst, lax enforcement and judicial system that effectively endorses it, allowing it to continue.
      Incarcerating ganglord types or neutralizing them; that is the only solution.
      The hardest part is changing the participants, those customers who make those goings on profitable.

      • a11four1 November 21, 2022, 10:25 am

        It strikes me; with decades of media description and public reaction to accounts of slavery; the light so rarely is directed at human trafficking.
        The only steady flow of information I can recall is that from the armed services toward the troops.

  • Wicky November 18, 2022, 9:20 am

    Pimp is a Democrat, for sure.

  • Chuck Matson November 18, 2022, 7:36 am

    Democrats ( communists) want you disarmed and helpless!

    • Bob W November 18, 2022, 5:21 pm

      OK for the record, democrats (I’m one of them) are not Communists. As a matter of fact when my great country called on me I fought Communists in Viet Nam, unlike some cowards with bone spurs. And like many of the democrats I know, I am an owner of many guns. We don’t want to take your guns away and no one is taking mine away. Get rid of all that sick trump bullshit that infected your head in the last six years. The only way this country will survive is if we all concentrate on what we have in common and not what asshole we vote for. And if you have the time, read my comment about that dice piece of shit.

      • Kc jailer November 21, 2022, 12:23 pm

        Then as a proud democrat, feel free to get rid of Kshama Sawant, Dow Constantine, Bob Ferguson, Jay Inslee, Patty Murray…..

      • W November 21, 2022, 1:00 pm

        Your vote supports everything you say you do not support… hmmm.
        Evidently the Biden s**t in your brain does not allow you to see that he is calling for taking away guns this morning.
        I wonder which one of us cannot see that?

      • Jerry L Bare November 22, 2022, 10:02 am

        Uninformed Democrat this has been going on way before Trump and Republicans and Democrats need to realize that both sides are pitting WE THE PEOPLE against each other to keep us HATING and DISTRACTED why they ROB the American peoples hard earned money think about it Hollywood, Media,Athletes, DOJ,FBI,POLITICIANS everyday puke out HATE and LIES ,FEAR ,FALSE RACISM are Teachers professors are Teaching are youth to not be accountable for themselves to blame everyone plays the Victim there disrespectful feel entitled there told we are a terrible country full of RACIST which is SO not true there are RACIST out there but they come in all COLORS not just ONE WHITE Kids do fine until the ADULTS get involved and tell them how they should feel kids of all colors are not even thinking about COLOR until it is pointed out WE THE PEOPLE DEMOCRATS and REPUBLICANS need to stop the bullshit THINK ABOUT IT THIS COUNTRY WAS BUILT AS ONE NATION
        But look it up we were one party til they made us a two party system THINK ABOUT THAT
        that’s when they started PITTING US AGAINST EACH OTHER

  • RMC November 18, 2022, 7:14 am

    Sad that people don’t want to get involved. May God have mercy on there souls and Amen to the man that acted like a true American and stepped up. The hole group that are destroying these young ladies should be ******* Pray for America WE THE PEOPLE

  • Blue Dog (he/him) 🧢 November 17, 2022, 6:20 pm

    I have to wonder if the Dice Capone face tattoos were advertising or a way of marking his chattels?

    That was a pretty gruesome read. Like pimpin’, that read was not easy.

    The word pimp itself is Greek for sending out. Was Dice sending these ladies out or did they have to stick near the hotel?

    In all seriousness, I hope this man’s victims have the opportunity to heal and his further pimping business thwarted thoroughly and at every turn and that he is brought to account for his crimes.

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