Kent officers respond to fight between two men in wheelchairs | Police blotter

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Kent Police arrested a man in a wheelchair for investigation of fourth-degree assault after he reportedly punched another man in a wheelchair about seven times in the head at a rehabilitation center.

Officers responded at about 12:19 p.m. Feb. 14 to a fight at the Benson Heights Rehab Center, 22410 Benson Road S.E., according to the police report.

Employees had broken up the fight between the two men at a hallway in the complex. The man who threw the punches said he became upset after the other man yelled and kicked at him, so he started to punch the man in the head.

The man struck by the punches had a cut on his head, according to officers.

Police transported the man who threw the punches to the city of Kent jail, but jail staff refused to book the man because of his medical conditions. Officers returned the man to the rehab center and told him he needed to stay away from the man he punched.


Officers arrested an 18-year-old man for investigation of third-degree theft, minor in possession and obstructing after he allegedly stole two bottles of liquor from a store and then tried to run from police before a K9 unit caught him.

The incident occurred at about 1:23 a.m. Feb. 17 at the Meridian Valley Plaza, 13210 S.E. 240th St., according to the police report.

An officer on patrol saw a car with its lights on parked near the QFC store with few other vehicles around. The officer walked up to talk to the driver and saw a young man come running from the store toward the car carrying two bottles of liquor.

The man threw the bottles in nearby bushes and ran after he saw the officer, who pursued the man on foot before a K9 unit took over the chase and later found the man in bushes in the 23700 block of 132nd Avenue Southeast.

A store video showed the man taking two bottles from a liquor shelve and running out of the store. Police found two bottles of Jagermeister in the bushes near the store. A store employee said the two bottles were valued at $69.

The arrested man asked police if the incident would exclude him from his dream of becoming a police officer.

Illegal camping

Officers arrested a 47-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman for investigation of illegal camping after they were caught in a tent at about 1:51 p.m. Feb. 15 in an undeveloped wooded area owned by the city of Kent.

Officers walked the wooded area in the 4300 block of South 231st Way because of reports of illegal camping, according to the police report.

Police discovered a tent and tarps as well as a man and a woman inside a tent. Officers recognized the woman from a previous arrest for illegal camping a week prior at the same site.

The woman told police she had returned to the site to get her stuff and her friend came along to help her move. Officers transported the man and the woman to the city jail.


Police arrested a 33-year-old woman for investigation of prostitution loitering and possession of drug paraphernalia at about 10:17 p.m. Feb. 18 along South 259th Lane near Pacific Highway South on the West Hill.

Undercover officers, part of a special investigations unit, were patrolling along Pacific Highway South when they saw a blonde woman near a bus stop in the 25200 block of Pacific Highway South, according to the police report.

Police watched the woman wave down a car and then get inside the car. Officers followed the car through several streets before the driver stopped in a dark area on a dead end road.

Officers approached the car. The driver initially told police he had met the woman on a dating website and they were going to meet for a drink. But the woman said she had met the man through a friend at the Sunset Motel.

The man then changed his story and admitted to picking up the woman along the highway and planned to pay her for sex.

"I was just horny, I guess," he said.

Police cited the man for driving while his license was suspended.

The woman said she had worked for about a year as a prostitute. She had a syringe in her possession that she said she used to take meth.


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