Kent officers bust man for returning to prostitution area on West Hill

Man also resists arrest

Kent Police arrested a man on the West Hill for investigation of resisting arrest and violating an order for him to stay out of areas of prostitution.

An officer on a regular patrol at about 12:40 a.m. on Jan. 3, at the New Best Inn motel parking lot, 23408 30th Ave. S., spotted a black Mercedes with its engine running, according to the police report. Motel management requested extra police patrols because of constant issues with prostitution and drugs at the motel.

Police ran the vehicle’s license plate that showed the registered owner had a city order to stay out of areas of prostitution, which banned him from 30th Avenue South between Kent Des Moines Road and South 240th Street, including all adjacent businesses and the motel.

The officer saw the man walk to the motel office. The officer left his vehicle to talk to the man, who claimed he was at the motel to meet his son’s mother. He admitted he knew he had an order to stay out of the area. A record check of the man showed he had numerous warrants, including patronizing a prostitute and fourth-degree assault in Kent and obstructing an officer in Puyallup.

When officers told the man he was under arrest, he began to run. But an officer grabbed the man’s jacket, which caused him to slip and fall to the ground. The man reportedly resisted to put his hands behind his back. Two officers were able to handcuff him.

The man had been ordered in March 2018 to stay out of the area of prostitution. The order expires in June 2020.

Man punches window

Officers arrested a man for investigation of third-degree malicious mischief after he allegedly broke a window with his fist at the Terra Villa Apartments, 3012 S. 240th St.

Police had responded earlier in the day to the apartment unit for a dispute between roommates, according to the police report. Officers asked the man to leave the premises, which he did.

But officers were called back later to the apartment when a woman reported the man had returned to the unit and broken a window. Police returned to the scene and found the man nearby in the Lowe’s parking lot. He had a cut right hand and elbow. There was no indication in the report about what started the argument between the man and woman.

Woman cuts boyfriend with keys

Police arrested a woman for investigation of fourth-degree assault after she reportedly threw a set of car keys at her boyfriend that hit him in the face and caused a cut above his eye.

The boyfriend told officers that his girlfriend went crazy inside their unit at about 6:08 a.m. on Jan. 1, at the Ventana Apartments, 1401 W. Smith St., so he locked her out because of the way she acted, according to the police report. When the man let her back into the unit, she reportedly threw a set of car keys at him. The man required five to seven stitches to fix the cut.

The girlfriend told officers her boyfriend was drunk, they got into a verbal argument and she became upset when he called her a whore. The boyfriend told police he had about 10 beers that night.

Woman with warrant had expired tabs

Officers arrested a woman for a SeaTac warrant for driving with a suspended license and cited her for possession of a legend (prescription) drug after a traffic stop around 2:10 a.m. Jan. 2 in the 2000 block of South 272nd Street.

An officer spotted an Acura westbound on South 272nd Street with expired tabs, according to the police report. The tabs expired in December 2017.

Police searched the woman’s purse and found 10 prescription pills for doxycycline written to another woman. The woman told police the pills were given to her for personal use. She also said she had bought the car in 2017 but hadn’t put it in her name yet. Officers also cited her for failure to transfer a title within 45 days.


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