Kent Police Blotter: Dec. 7-27

Son attacks father, carjacking, road rage shooting among incidents


A sampling of Kent Police incidents from Dec. 7-27, a longer timeline than most blotters:

Dec. 7

Van hits dance studio: 11:19 p.m., officers responded to an alarm at Allegro performing arts/dance studio at 222 Central Ave S. A man ran his van in reverse through the building causing structural damage. The suspect then took off on foot. A witness told officers that the suspect damaged a car lot building at 206 East Gowe St. prior to hitting Allegro and he also damaged a fence at the car repair shop next to Allegro. After about an hour, the suspect returned to the scene and was arrested for investigation of hit and run. The suspect was booked into the City of Kent Corrections Facility.

Dec. 9

Convenience store burglary: 2:51 a.m., officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress at the Jacksons Food Store, 23953 104th Ave. SE. One of the doors was shattered with a fire extinguisher. The suspect fled the scene prior to the officers’ arrival. Officers obtained a description of the suspect, located a male at the 7-Eleven across the street matching the same description, and established probable cause for his arrest.

Son attacks father: 4:34 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 14300 block of SE 258th Place for a domestic dispute. The reporting party’s son rammed his vehicle into the fence, was trying to break into his house and was trying to kill him. Upon arrival officers located the aggressor and eventually placed him under arrest. The suspect admitted to officers that he responded to the location with the intent of killing his father. The suspect used his vehicle to ram his father’s vehicle and pushing the vehicles into the garage door. The suspect then armed himself with a shovel, broke into the residence and began to assault his father. The suspect was booked into jail.

Parking lot robbery: 9:17 p.m., officers were dispatched to Indigo Springs Apartments, 11101 SE 208th St., regarding a robbery with a gun. The victim reported he was in the parking lot when a male approached him and robbed him of $100 dollars at gunpoint.

Dec. 10

20 shots fired at house: 3:17 p.m., officers were dispatched to a report of shots being fired into an occupied house in the 27200 block of 116th Place SE. from the house directly behind it. Responding units, including multiple officers from Auburn, arrived and surrounded the suspect house. Contact was made via phone with the suspect who exited without incident and was taken into custody for first-degree assault. About 20 bullet holes were located in the victim’s house. No injuries were reported.

Student harassment: 3:39 p.m., officers took a harassment report from a Kentridge High School female student. She reported some ongoing harassment from a fellow classmate over the last few weeks.

Dec. 11

Carjacking: 12:54 a.m., officers were dispatched to a carjacking in progress in the 5400 block of South 234th Street. The victim, who was pregnant, parked her vehicle in the parking lot when she arrived home from work. At that time a male approached her with a gun and robbed her of her vehicle and belongings. After entering the vehicle in as stolen, officers were dispatched to a follow-up at 4:09 a.m. through the State Patrol. The vehicle that was stolen during the carjacking was involved in a single car accident on northbound I-5 near exit 176 in Shoreline. The driver/suspect was not apprehended. The vehicle was impounded for processing.

Multiple shots fired: 7:06 a.m., dispatch started getting lots of 911 calls from the Alvista 240 Apartments, 24028 110th Place SE, with reports of multiple gunshots. No one was injured. A lot of casings were found as well as a pair of Nikes stuck in the deep mud (as if someone ran out of their shoes). Video showed three males with one of those males was wearing the same shoes that were left stuck in the mud.

Smoke shop burglary: 8:16 a.m., officers were dispatched to a commercial burglary at The City Smoke Shop, 417 Central Ave. S. A male threw a rock to break out a window and enter the business. Upon the officers’ arrival they surrounded the business catching the suspect while he was still inside. The suspect was booked into jail.

Road rage shooting: 1:43 p.m., officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting at the intersection of 108th Avenue SE and SE 271st Street. The incident started as what could be described as a road rage incident. The vehicle behind the victim vehicle began to tailgate and eventually rammed the victim vehicle from behind. When the victim pulled over and got out, he was confronted by one of the passengers from the suspect vehicle. As he was talking with this subject, another subject from the suspect vehicle exited and eventually jumped into the victim vehicle attempting to steal it. The victim had already removed the keys so it could not be started, and physically fought the subject trying to steal his vehicle. One of the subjects from the suspect vehicle produced a handgun, fired one round into the air, and three more at the victim’s vehicle which appeared to be an attempt to stop the fight. The suspects got into their vehicle and fled the scene. The victim was able to obtain the suspect vehicle license plate which turned out to be a stolen vehicle.

Dec. 12

Fight at apartments: 3:26 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Signature Pointe Apartments, 25102 62nd Ave. S., for the report of subjects fighting and a gun was possibly in play. After officers arrived they heard a shot fired in a stairwell. Three males were detained. Officers knocked on door and a female exited with blood on her. A male and female were in a bedroom and additional blood was located on the walls inside. Everyone detained had been drinking and were uncooperative. They had been at the Rafiki Lounge then went to the apartment where a fight occurred inside and outside. Two males had facial injuries and declined medical care. No gun or casings were located.

Guns stolen from store: 11:12 p.m., officers were dispatched to a commercial alarm at Big 5 Sporting Goods, 24216 104th Ave. SE. The alarm company advised of an alarm trip through the front storage room infrared, and the storage and gun room at 11:11 p.m. Upon their arrival they found someone had broken into the building, drilled through the locks and stole at least six assorted rifles and shotguns.

Self storage break-in: 10 p.m., a red Dodge Charger had been parked at Valley Self Storage, 21218 84th Ave. S., in front the business gate siphoning gas from a U-haul when a vehicle left the business. The Charger then blocked the gate from closing and painted over the sensor keeping the gate open. Over the next eight hours, five pick-up trucks and the Charger made multiple trips from the self-storage property. A total of 14 units had the locks cut, the latches removed, or the door forced open. Two vehicles and a cargo trailer were also forced open.

Dec. 13

School shooting threat: 7 p.m., the city of Kent social media team located a potential school threat posted on one of the city’s platforms. It said “This message is specifically for people I think go to mill creek middle school. 12/15/21 will be the biggest mass shooting in history, if you value your f#@!ing s#@!ty lives stay home. 12/15/21.” Kent detectives were able to identify the young juveniles involved with this post.

Dec. 15

Suspicious package at church: 4:56 p.m., officers were dispatched to the River of Life Church, 10626 SE 216th St., regarding a suspicious package. Church employees received a package labeled “From Santa” and after opening it; felt dizzy and a tingling sensation in their hands. No hazardous chemicals were detected. There might have been a chemical reaction between the paint and sealant used on the package which caused the health issues to employees. Detectives were able to track down the person who allegedly made and placed the package at the church who severely suffers from mental illness. There will not be any criminal charges sought after in this case.

Elementary student threats: 7:23 p.m., officers were dispatched to a potential “threats” issue involving a school. It involved some concerning posts on social media by two 11-year-old students making vague threats towards each other who attend Horizon Elementary. One of the postings was of a black handgun. The conclusion of this incident was the parents were notified and advised of the issue, and the Kent School District elected to deal with the safety concerns internally.

Dec. 17

Robbery: 1:39 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery report that occurred at 7-Eleven, 511 Central Ave. S. The victim had been robbed of his phone by a known local drug dealer. The victim followed the suspect around in his vehicle in attempts to get the phone back, which prompted another confrontation with the suspect. The suspect ended up pointing a revolver at the victim threatening to shoot the victim.

Dec. 18

Purse snatching: 6:32 a.m., patrol officers were dispatched to a theft report at the Highland Green Apartments, 10105 SE 236th St. The 50-year-old woman was walking down the street when an unknown person surprised her, grabbed her, stole her purse and pushed her to the ground. The woman suffered minor injuries.

Dec. 19

Gunpoint robbery: 7:52 p.m., officers were dispatched to robbery with a gun at Subway, 124 Central Ave. N. Upon their arrival they were informed the victim had gone to the location to meet another subject who was selling an iPhone on OfferUp for $800. The man approached two males; one of which handed him a broken iPhone. The males then grabbed the victim, put a gun to his side and demanded the rest of the money. The suspects ended up punching and kicking the victim causing obvious injuries, found and took his $800, and were last seen jumping into a blue sedan and fleeing the scene.

Stolen truck, pursuit: 8:27 a.m., officers were dispatched to a truck stopped in the middle of an intersection on the West Hill. The occupants were passed out and drug paraphernalia was all around them. They woke up, took off, and pursuit ensued. Officers were quick to get spikes safely set up and the truck had no choice but to roll over the spikes. When they tried to flee again, officers were able to use a PIT maneuver to get it onto the shoulder of the road. The occupants were detained. The truck turned out to be stolen and the driver was arrested.

Dec. 20

Restaurant burglary: 7:49 a.m., officers were dispatched to a burglary in progress, where suspects were inside a restaurant attempting to steal an ATM. Upon arrival a male who was walking through the parking lot turned out to be the suspect and outran officers into the Benson Village Apartments, 10820 SE 211th Place. The suspect left behind a stolen van full of property. This van may be related to a string of commercial burglaries all over the East Hill, where cash registers were stolen.

Dec. 21

Burglary, vehicle theft: 11 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residential burglary at The Groves Apartments, 10811 SE 239th Place. The victim had discovered an unknown subject inside his apartment, confronted the person, and the subject jumped out a window. During the officers’ investigation, they discovered the suspect ended up taking the keys to the victim’s pickup truck prior to jumping out the window and stole the vehicle to avoid being caught. A short time later an officer located the stolen, stopped the vehicle, placed the suspect under arrest, and recovered all of the property that had been taken from the burglarized apartment.

Dec. 25

Commercial burglary: 6:53 a.m., officers were dispatched to a commercial burglary in progress at 6750 S. 228th St. Upon the officer’s arrival, officers noticed at least one subject within the business’ fenced lot loading items onto a flatbed truck; also belonging to the business. When the subjects were confronted, they fled in the stolen flatbed truck, items which they intended to steal flew off as it sped through the property and driving straight through a chain link fence. It hopped a median and began driving in the opposite lane of travel eventually striking a police vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Due to recent legislation, and even though the suspects hit and damaged a police vehicle; the incident was not a pursuable offense and they had to let the suspects go. The flatbed truck was later located unoccupied and some of the stolen items were recovered.

Carjacking: 8:38 a.m., officers were dispatched to a carjacking near the intersection of South 260th Street and 27th Place South. A man was driving home when he saw a subject crossing the street on foot in the intersection. The man stopped his vehicle to allow the subject to cross the street. The subject instead walked up to the man pointed a gun at him and took his vehicle.

Dec. 27

Armed robbery: 1:48 a.m., officers were dispatched to an armed robbery with a gun at South 268th Street and Military Road South. Two suspects fled in a green Ford Mustang north on Military Road. Officers followed it to Washington Avenue and Kent Des Moines Road. One occupant got out and he was detained. The second took off in the Mustang and officers did not pursue because the victim became uncooperative. The Mustang drove into a ditch about a mile away at South 280th/West Valley Highway and the driver fled on foot. The suspect was tracked with K-9 and captured.

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