Kent Police Blotter: Dec. 22 thru Jan. 11

Shootings dominate incidents

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021 10:37am
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A sampling of Kent Police incidents Dec. 22 through Jan. 11:

Dec. 22

Bus driver stabbed: 1:35 p.m., officers responded to State Avenue North and East Smith Street where a Metro bus driver had just been stabbed. The female bus driver in her 50s still was behind the wheel and bleeding from her arm and leg. A female suspect was the only occupant on the bus and was still holding the pocketknife in her hand. She dropped the knife when given commands from officers and was taken into custody without further incident. The suspect said she stabbed the bus driver because the driver would not stop the bus and let her off.

Mall robbery: 3:27 p.m., a 61-year-old woman was pushed to the pavement during the strong-arm robbery of her purse, while walking in the parking lot of the Great Wall Mall, 18230 E. Valley Highway. The woman sustained head trauma and was transported to Valley Medical Center in Renton. The suspect(s) fled in a white 2019 Honda CRV.

Dec. 24

Hit and run: 11:45 a.m., a Cadillac Escalade was headed south on 64th Avenue South at a high rate of speed. The vehicle did not stop for the red light and struck a van. The Cadillac rolled and struck another van. The driver of the Cadillac then attempted to leave on foot but was stopped by witnesses. Traffic officers arrived, the driver of the Cadillac, an unlicensed 22-year-old man from Federal Way, was arrested for DUI and hit and run. This will likely upgrade to vehicular assault, the driver of the first van was initially transported as a precaution but her condition has deteriorated but was still non-life threatening.

Dec. 25

Gunshot wound: 5:43 a.m., officers were dispatched to an illegal discharge in the 24400 block of Pacific Highway South and found a male laying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his right hand, right arm and right side of his torso. The victim was in and out of consciousness and was not cooperative in providing information and even told the officers to leave him alone. Immediate first aid was applied, and officers stayed with him until medics arrived. The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Dec. 27

Assault and more: 12:22 a.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic assault with a knife at 2028 West Meeker Street. An elderly male was being assaulted by his adult daughter. Officers attempted to get the victim and daughter out of the open front door, but she slammed the door shut and tried to barricade inside. Officers forced entry. The daughter was holding a hammer in one hand and had the other arm around her father’s neck. Force needed to be used to subdue the daughter and she was detained. The daughter was taken to King County Jail and booked for second-degree assault, third-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment. Earlier in the evening, the suspect assaulted her sister and stole her handgun. She then went to the Muckleshoot reservation in Auburn and ran over her boyfriend and boyfriend’s brother with her car. Both were rushed to Harborview Medical Center with critical injuries.

Dec. 29

Coffee stand robbery: 6:21 p.m., a male suspect kicked in the door to the Little Devil Latte Stand on Central Avenue South, which had been open for a week, which caused the female barista to jump out the window to escape. The suspect stole $300 from the till and fled.

Dec. 31

Shotgun threat: A suspect living at 619 E. Titus St. pulled a shotgun out of his vehicle and threatened neighbor because the neighbor was parked in front of his residence. The suspect was arrested, and search warrant was authored for the residence. Several toy assault rifles were located inside along with a loaded shotgun used in assault.

Jan. 1

Pedestrians struck: 1:01 a.m., patrol was dispatched to two incidents with pedestrians having been hit by vehicles in the 1600 block of West Meeker Street. In the first collision a pedestrian was struck by an unknown vehicle as she was crossing the street mid-block. The vehicle did not stop and there was no suspect information. The victim, a 62-year-old Kent resident, was taken to Valley Medical with broken bones. A Good Samaritan witnessed and went to assist the victim of the first collision. While tending to her in the roadway he was narrowly missed by a first vehicle but the second vehicle, not seeing the victim until it was too late, was unable to swerve in time, striking the man. This driver stayed at the scene and cooperated with police, there does not appear to be any criminal element to this collision. The pedestrian, a 26-year-old Yakima resident, was transported to Harborview with a serious head injury.

Vehicle stolen at gunpoint: 9:46 a.m., a 20-year-old victim went to the smoke shop on Central/Willis to buy smokes/weed. He met someone he knew from school and invited him and his friend to smoke in his BMW. The males then forced him out of his car at gunpoint and drove off with his BMW.

Commercial burglary: 12:46 p,m,, officers investigated a commercial burglary with over $40,000 in product being stolen from Commercial Office Interiors. An anonymous tip notified the company that an employee had stolen high-end office chairs and was selling them under fake craigslist accounts.

Jan. 6

Man grabs boy: 2:33 p.m., a 39-year-old transient male was arrested at Lake Meridian Park after he grabbed a 6-year-old boy in his arms and tried to get the boy’s 7-year-old sister to come with them. The children were being watched by their 14-year-old cousin who was able to get the children away from the man only after having to physically fight with him twice. Fortunately, the children were unharmed. The cousin suffered minor injuries to his head. The man was taken into custody after a struggle with officers. He said that he was “trying to save the children because they did not know God.” He was booked into jail.

Rape suspect flees: 4:44 a.m., officers went to speak with the mother of a rape victim. The suspect was the mother’s boyfriend who was still on scene. The suspect fled out a window. A K9 track was negative.

Jan. 7

Shotgun chase: 9 a.m., a Lynn’s Tow driver was in the parking lot of the Fred Meyer at 10201 SE 240th St. to tow his wife’s car. They were outside talking when a male made an offensive comment to his wife. He confronted the suspect, who then challenged him to “come to his car.” He jumped in his tow truck to drive out of the lot, when the suspect shot out his window with a sawed-off shotgun and then chased him down James hill. The suspect chased him back and forth along Central Avenue, shooting at his vehicle twice more.

Shots fired at vehicle: 4:24 p.m., a victim was in area of SE 223rd Street/108th Avenue SE when he was rear ended by another vehicle. The suspect took off and victim followed. The suspect stopped at SE 235th/109th Avenue SE. Two suspects exited the vehicle, waited for the victim and fired 15 rounds at the vehicle. Ten .45 and five 9mm casings were located. The victim had minor wound to back of leg.

Jan. 8

Shots fired: 12:38 a.m., a female victim was in the parking lot at SE 256th Street/102nd Avenue SE trying to maneuver around another vehicle. There was a collision between the vehicles. The male suspect shot several rounds at the female victim in her car, striking the vehicle at least once. There were no injuries.

Jan. 10

Robbery, shooting: 3:16 a.m., a subject went to the Safeway parking lot along Kent Kangley to buy marijuana. He was shot and robbed. He flagged down another person that drove him to Valley Medical Center while calling 911. He sustained one gunhot to his left shin and one to his right upper thigh. The subject gave information initially but then stopped cooperating. A vehicle nearby the incident was recovered as a stolen vehicle out of Cook County. Unknown if that vehicle is involved.

Jan. 11

Shooting over dispute: Patrol responded to a shooting that occurred near Willis Street/Central Avenue. There was a minor altercation between the victim and the suspects inside The City smoke shop, 417 Central Ave. S. After the altercation, the victim and his girlfriend left in their vehicle southbound on Central. A short time later, the suspects pulled alongside of the victim, each suspect brandished a handgun and eventually fired one round into the vehicle of the victim. There were no injuries.

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