Thrown rock in Kent smashes Sheriff's Office deputy's windshield; second car also hit | Update
By STEVE HUNTER
Kent Reporter Courts, government reporter
June 8, 2012 · Updated 2:59 PM
Someone threw rocks in Kent that smashed the windshield of a patrol vehicle driven by a K-9 unity deputy with the King County Sheriff's Office as well as a second car driven by a Kent man.
The deputy was driving at about 10:20 p.m. Thursday in the 13800 block of Southeast 272nd Street near Lake Meridian when a large rock smashed onto his windshield, according to a Sheriff's Office media release.
The rock struck the hood of the police car and then smashed the driver’s side of the windshield. Broken glass sprayed the deputy, but he was not injured.
“We are thankful that our deputy was not hurt in this case,” said King County Sheriff Steve Strachan. “This kind of vandalism poses a serious risk to drivers and could have ended with a serious injury.”
Deputies took photos of other rocks that appeared to be “staged” on the side of the road to throw. No suspects were seen in the case. A search by the deputy with his dog ended without finding anyone.
Kent Police reported a similar incident had occurred to a resident just a few minutes earlier in the area and the driver saw three juveniles run from the scene.
One of three rocks thrown at the Kent man's car crashed through his window and showered him with glass fragments, according to an email from Kent Assistant Chief Pat Lowery. The man had a number of small cuts from the glass.
King County Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of this suspect, Lowery said.
If you have information related to these cases, call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206-296-3311 or the Kent Police at 253-852-2121.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-872-6600, ext. 5052.