Suspect named in shotgun beating of 80-year-old Burien man

A suspect has been named in the shotgun beating of an 80-year-old Burien man in an attempted home robbery.

The suspect is Zachary Irish, also known as “Lil Zack.” Despite his nickname, Irish is described as 6 fteet tall. He weighs 165 pounds and is 27 years old.

Irish has a record of burglaries, robberies and domestic violence assaults.

Police say Phil Isernio, 80, returned to his Burien home and surprised Irish and an accomplice.They say Irish hit Isernio in the face with the butt of a shotgun.

Q13 Fox News quotes Isernio as saying, “As soon as I got in the house—bang!—right there. I dropped down on my knees and he came at me again and I blocked it like this and then I started pleading for my life after that, because I knew he meant business—he was going to kill me.”

The other suspect ran away during the incident but was caught later by deputies. Police said Irish escaped.

King County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindi West told Q13, “"Zachary Irish is one of the lowest forms of criminals you can get. He took a shotgun and beat an 80-year-old man who was getting ready to celebrate his wife's birthday. This guy tried to get the victim to get down on his knees, and because he didn't move fast enough, he took the back of the shotgun and struck him numerous times. We want to get this guy off the street now."

The violent assault was among a string of recent high profile crimes in Burien. Several teenagers allegedly attempted to rob the Pawn Xchange on First Avenue South near South 156th St. Police have arrested all the suspects in that crime.

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