Kent Police Blotter: Aug. 7-28

Incidents include shootings, carjackings, robberies, Amazon bomb threat

A sampling of Kent Police incidents Aug. 7-28:

Aug. 7

Shots fired: 3:43 p.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting within the Park Place Apartment complex, 1406 Maple Lane. The incident started when the suspects arrived and began vandalizing a resident’s vehicle. When confronted, the suspects shot at the victim and then fled the scene. A resident’s vehicle was hit but nobody was hurt.

Aug. 8

Commercial burglaries: 2:55 a.m., officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress at the Meridian Smoke Shop, 27924 151st Pl. SE. Four suspects drove a pickup into the store to make entry and stole items of value. At 3:23 a.m., officers were dispatched to another burglary in progress at the Chevron up the street at 15209 SE 272nd St. There was an alarm activation at the business and what appeared to be the same pickup backing through the front doors of the business. Four suspects were seen stealing items of value from the store. Officers located the suspect vehicle which was reported stolen out of Kent the day prior. Officers tried to stop the vehicle, but it fled to evade capture.

Assault at intersection: 10:09 a.m., officers were dispatched to an assault near the intersection of 64th Avenue S. and James Street. The suspect had randomly approached and assaulted the victim with a metal pipe. A K-9 track was conducted, and officers located the suspect nearby. The suspect was booked into jail.

Safeway robbery: 11:17 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at Safeway, 20830 108th Ave. SE. A male suspect was involved in a shoplifting incident, he was in possession of a handgun tucked in his waistband and threatened to shoot employees. Officers located the suspect vehicle and initiated a pursuit. The suspect vehicle crashed in Auburn and all three occupants fled on foot. A K-9 track was conducted with assistance from Guardian One, the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter, but the suspects evaded capture.

Aug. 10

Stabbing: 4:47 a.m., officers were dispatched to a stabbing at the 76 station, 1513 W. Meeker St. Officers contacted the juvenile victim who sustained a serious laceration to his leg. A friend of the victim was also on scene who was the victim from an assault on Aug. 8. They explained that they had been approached by the same suspect and he asked the two of them to find someone for him. When they said no, the suspect pulled out a knife and attacked the victim. Both subjects ran and called the police. Officers worked with detectives to establish probable cause for the suspect’s arrest. The suspect was eventually located within the Atrium at James apartment complex, 6248 S. 242nd Pl., and taken into custody.

Shooting victim: 6:02 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the Auburn MultiCare Medical Center regarding a shooting victim. The victim had a gunshot wound to his hip. The victim had been in Kent when he was shot by an unknown suspect. The victim would not or could not provide any further information about the incident.

Aug. 12

Stabbing: 1:25 a.m., officers were dispatched to a stabbing victim who was inside the Waterbrook Apartment complex, 10615 SE 250th Pl. The victim had stab wounds to his abdomen and other lacerations on his back. The victim had been walking to a bus stop in the 25200 block of 104th Avenue SE when he was approached and assaulted by four suspects in an attempted robbery. The victim was transported to the hospital due to his significant injuries.

Aug. 13

Stabbing: 10:21 a.m., officers were dispatched to a stabbing in the 23900 block of Military Road S. The victim had significant stab wounds to his abdomen and was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The victim had been inside his van parked on the side of the road when the unknown suspect abruptly opened the door. The two of them yelled at each other as the suspect had no reason to enter the victim’s vehicle. A short time later the victim was driving his vehicle to work and saw the suspect standing at the intersection of South 239th Street and Military Road. The suspect and victim exchanged words, the victim got out of his vehicle and a fight ensued. At one point the suspect introduced a knife. Two other witnesses saw what was occurring, stopped, and the suspect ran away on foot. A K-9 track was initiated, and the suspect was found in a camp within a wooded area close by. The suspect had sustained life-threatening stab wounds and was transported to the hospital.

Aug. 14

Threat with weapon: 2:02 a.m., officers were dispatched to a threat with a weapon incident near the intersection of East Smith Street and Titus Street. The victim was walking up Canyon Drive when two suspects approached him on foot armed with a handgun. The suspects demanded his belongings, so he walked into the vehicle traffic to escape. This prompted the suspects to flee using a nearby parked vehicle. The victim was unharmed.

Aug. 15

Carjacking: 3:07 a.m., officers were dispatched to a carjacking at the intersection of 64th Avenue S. and West Meeker St. The victim’s vehicle had been taken at gunpoint. He was at the Midtown 64 Apartments, 24615 64th Ave. S., to meet a friend when he noticed the suspect vehicle driving past him a couple times while parked in the lot. A short time later the suspect vehicle stopped, two suspects exited, and they robbed him at gunpoint. The suspects took the victim’s cellphone and necklace along with his vehicle during the robbery.

Aug. 16

7-Eleven robbery: 4:26 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at 7-Eleven, 18010 East Valley Highway. Four suspects entered the store and demanded money from the cash registers and then fled in a vehicle.

7-Eleven robbery, part 2: 4:58 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at 7-Eleven, 511 Central Ave. S. Four suspects entered the store and robbed the employees with a gun and a knife.

Shots fired: 9:13 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting within the 24400 block of Pacific Highway S. Multiple witnesses reported seeing two vehicles shooting at each other on Pacific Highway. No casings were located, and no victims called 911.

Big Foot Java robbery: 11:21 p.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at Big Foot Java, 23803 68th Ave. S. Three suspects arrived in the drive-thru and robbed the employee at gunpoint. The only cash on hand was $15 dollars in a tip jar which the suspects took and fled in their vehicle.

Aug. 17

Shooting victim: 12 a.m., a 21-year-old man was shot at a residence in the 24400 block of Pacific Highway S. The male stated an unknown subject attempted to rob him, then shot him and ran off. The victim was transported to the hospital.

Carjacking: 11:05 p.m., officers were dispatched to a carjacking in the 2200 block of West Meeker St. The victim was sitting in his vehicle waiting for his wife to come out of their residence to go to the airport. A vehicle pulled up next to him, the passenger pointed a gun at him and robbed him of his vehicle. The victim’s vehicle was tracked by the manufacturer to the Kently Pointe Apartments, 4724 S. 272nd St., where officers located it unoccupied.

Aug 20

Carjacking: 3:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to a carjacking in the 24100 block of 119th Place SE. The victim had parked his vehicle when he was abruptly approached by multiple suspects armed with handguns. The victim was robbed of his money and his vehicle.

Shooting: 9:43 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting in the 23900 block of 113th Pl. SE. The victims had congregated in their garage with the door open when the suspect arrived on scene. The suspect began “cursing” them out and fired a handgun at them. The suspect was located at his apartment and taken into custody.

Aug. 21

Standoff: 5:21 a.m., a 38-year-old man broke a window to Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN), 221 W. Gowe St and refused to come out. Patrol quickly surrounded the business and made multiple attempts to get the suspect to come outside. The male was confronted inside of the building and continued to be uncooperative. The male was detained after multiple attempts to de-escalate and after a pepper-ball deployment.

Aug. 23

Highway shooting: 9:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting in the 25200 block of Pacific Highway S. The victim was walking northbound on Pacific Highway when a vehicle pulled up alongside of him. The passenger rolled down the window and fired a gun at him hitting him in the leg. The victim was taken to the hospital due to his injuries.

Aug. 24

Amazon bomb threat: 8:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to a bomb threat at the Amazon warehouse, 21005 64th Ave. S. Notes were written on some stalls within the women’s bathroom. The notes stated there were multiple bombs and would detonate at different times throughout the night and into the next day. Multiple K-9 teams were sent to the location but nothing was found.

Aug. 25

Carjacking: 2:35 a.m., officers were dispatched to a carjacking in the 26000 block of 106th Place SE. The victim arrived home and parked in her assigned parking stall. When she got out three suspects approached her, and they robbed her at gunpoint taking her keys and vehicle. The victim tracked her own phone which was still inside her vehicle. This assisted officers in locating her vehicle unoccupied in the 27900 block of 21st Avenue S. in Federal Way.

Aug. 28

Home invasion: 2:18 a.m., officers were originally dispatched to a threat with a weapon at a residence in the 26200 block of 43rd Ave. S. The incident was actually a home invasion robbery. Five armed suspects pried open the victims’ door and entered their home. When they heard this, they walked out of their bedroom and were confronted by the suspects. The victims were forced into a bathroom while the suspects ransacked the residence taking a safe, money and a firearm.

Major emphasis patrol

On Tuesday, Aug. 22, officers performed an operation at Phoenix Court Apartments, 23913 111th Pl. SE, and were able to arrest three warrant subjects (two Kent warrants and one Tukwila/King County warrant). Two infractions were issued, and one trespass warning was issued. Several subjects were contacted throughout the operation. The complex has had numerous criminal incidents, including three homicides this year. The city of Kent filed a public nuisance lawsuit Aug. 15 against the complex owners and operators.

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