Kent officers batter down door after man doesn't answer knocks | Police Blotter
By STEVE HUNTER
Kent Reporter Courts, government reporter
October 9, 2012 · 10:53 AM
Kent Police used a battering ram to knock down an apartment door after no one answered knocks on the door during what officers thought could be a potential domestic violence incident.
Officers arrested a man for obstructing a law enforcement officer after they entered the unit at about 4:29 a.m. Sept. 30 in the 25800 block of 113th Avenue Southeast, according to the police report.
The man gave up without incident after officers entered his apartment with the battering ram and behind a large protective shield. Police did not find anyone else in the unit.
The man told officers he had heard the knocks on the door but thought they would go away so he didn't answer the door. He said he had been drinking beer and passed out on a bed.
The incident started shortly after midnight when officers arrived at the apartment to investigate a noise complaint of yelling and loud music. Nobody answered the door and officers left.
A few hours later another noise complaint came in from the same address. This time officers thought they heard a female voice as well a man's voice. They identified themselves as police officers and checked with an on-duty sergeant before busting down the door after no one answered.
The man told officers his girlfriend had left the apartment earlier. A witness told police that the couple can often be heard arguing.
An officer chased a motorcyclist for about one mile before giving up the pursuit because of potential danger to other vehicles.
The incident occurred at about 6:45 p.m. Oct. 3 near Southeast 208th Street and 108th Avenue Southeast on the East Hill and ended in the Kent Valley along South 212th Street near 84th Avenue South, according to the police report.
An officer, in an unmarked Ford Crown Victoria patrol car, saw a motorcycle that appeared to have no rear license plate while westbound on Southeast 208th Street. The officer pulled up behind the motorcycle and watched him accelerate from an intersection so that his front wheel left the ground.
The officer estimated the motorcyclist sped up to 55 mph in a 40 mph zone and then ran a red light at South 212th Way and 100th Avenue Southeast.
With emergency lights activated on the dashboard, the officer began to pursue the motorcycle. The motorcyclist did not pull over but continued to speed westbound on South 212th Street and ran another red light at 91st Place South when he weaved between stopped cars at the light.
That's when the officer decided to stop his pursuit. He saw the motorcyclist also run a red light at 84th Avenue South but then lost sight of him. He searched the area but could not find the motorcyclist.
The officer described the motorcyclist as wearing a gray helmet with a black leather jacket that had a blue triangle and the word "Seattle" beneath the triangle.
Police used a sting operation to arrest a 48-year-old woman for investigation of prostitution at about 10:35 p.m. Oct. 2 in the 25200 block of Pacific Highway South.
The woman allegedly agreed to receive $40 for oral sex as she sat in the car of an undercover officer, according to the police report.
Police set up the sting along Pacific Highway because it is a known area for prostitution activity. The area also is known to pimps and prostitutes as the "track" because it's an area where prostitution occurs.
Officers saw a woman at a bus stop waving at vehicles to attract the attention of drivers. An undercover officer pulled up in a vehicle and the woman came over the car and jumped in.
The officer then drove to a parking lot at the Fred Meyer store when he reported the woman agreed to oral sex for pay so he gave the signal for other officers to surround the vehicle.
The woman denied she agreed to oral sex. She said she needed a ride to her Des Moines home. An officer told the woman if she told the truth she might just be cited at large for prostitution.
But the woman replied, "Yeah, but the last time I told the truth I got into more trouble."
Officers arrested a 26-year-old man for investigation of fourth-degree assault and third-degree malicious mischief in connection with an incident Sept. 30 at the Uhuru Restaurant and bar, 21022 108th Ave. S.E.
Officers responded to the scene and talked to a restaurant employee, the manager and a security guard about the incident, according to the police report.
The employees had cut off a customer from drinking any more alcohol. The man later stumbled around in the parking lot and picked up a cinder block to chase one of the employees.
A bit later, after the man dropped his cellphone, an employee reached to pick up the phone when the man reportedly ran at the employee and threw a punch.
Employees also had heard a crash of glass after closing the restaurant and discovered a broken window and the cinder block the man reportedly had been carrying inside the restaurant window.
Contact Kent Reporter Courts, government reporter Steve Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-872-6600, ext. 5052.