Kent Police Blotter: Nov. 8 to Dec. 5

Numerous robberies, shootings, ATM machine busted open to take cash

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 4:12pm
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A sampling of Kent Police incidents from Nov. 8 to Dec. 5, which is a longer period than previous blotters and with more cases:

Nov. 8:

Bank robbery: 1:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Chase Bank, 13207 SE 272nd St., regarding a silent holdup alarm. A subject displayed a firearm and robbed the bank making off with approximately $1,000 in cash. The clerk stated the robbery started when the suspect initially passed a note claiming to have a gun in his pocket and demanding the teller to give him the money. After the teller complied, and when she refused to give the demand note back to the suspect; the suspect pulled out the gun threatening her. The suspect made off with the note and the money.

Carjacking: 6:45 p.m., patrol units were dispatched to the Driftwood Apartments, 1610 W. James Place, regarding a carjacking that just occurred. The distraught victim relayed she just arrived home parking in her assigned stall. She noticed another vehicle park near her at about the same time, and when she got out to go to her apartment; a suspect grabbed her, stuck a firearm in her back, and robbed her of her keys and vehicle. The victim pointed out the vehicle she saw park near her just before the robbery. Officers discovered that vehicle was reported stolen out of Renton which had also been taken at gunpoint.

Nov. 10

Armed robbery: 3:25 a.m., officers were dispatched to an armed robbery in the 12500 block of SE 203rd Place. The victim stated he was currently living in his van. He was asleep and was awaken when his van began moving back and forth. He got out of his van to find two males actively trying to cut off and steal his catalytic converter. The victim hit one of the suspects with a baseball bat when he confronted them. One of the suspects retrieved a handgun from their vehicle and pointed it at the victim. The two suspects held the victim at gunpoint as they finished stealing the catalytic converter and fled in their vehicle.

Man shot in arm: 10:53 p.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting victim at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He had been in Kent near the Central Flats Apartments, 1024 Central Ave. N., with his girlfriend walking their dog when the victim was approached. The victim got into a struggle with one of the subjects and was shot in the arm.

Nov. 15

Fight breaks out: 4:28 a.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of SE 240th Street and 108th Ave. SE regarding a fight in progress with four subjects involved. They located the victim at the East Hill Market. The victim had been walking home with two friends (one male and one female) when a vehicle pulled up beside them. A male, who was the victim’s boyfriend of two and a half years, got out of the vehicle and confronted the victim. He appeared to be upset with the company she was with and eventually pulled out a revolver striking the victim numerous times with it. The suspect also pointed the revolver at the victim and hit the victim with a baseball bat as well.

Man starts fire, shoots self: 7:27 a.m., officers responded to a suicidal subject with a firearm in the 23600 block of 51st Avenue S. A female called to advise her husband was going to shoot himself and he set his house on fire. When patrol arrived, a single gunshot was heard outside. There was smoke coming from the upstairs area of the home. His phone was pinged by dispatch and he was located, deceased, just south of his home near the Green River’s edge with a single self-inflicted gunshot to the chest. No other homes were damaged by the fire, which was extinguished by Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority.

Student shot: 8 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Benson 18 Apartments, 10945 SE 223rd St., regarding a shooting. A 16-year-old Kentridge High School student had been shot once in the arm. She stated the incident occurred when a male student at Kentridge found a handgun in the bathroom at school. The juveniles were playing with the firearm in the apartment when the gun went off. The incident appeared to be accidental; no criminal charges are being sought.

Nov. 17

Stabbing victim: 1:10 a.m., a patrol officer was dispatched to Valley Medical Center in Renton regarding a subject who received stab wounds to his arm requiring stitches. The victim was at a park in the downtown area of Kent. He was attempting to collect money from a friend when he was confronted by two unknown subjects who tried to rob him. In the process of demanding the victim’s property, one of the suspects stabbed him in the right arm.

Male shot in leg: 5 a.m., officers responded to assist Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority with a subject at Snow White Laundry, 23250 Pacific Highway S. The victim had a gunshot wound to his leg. The victim said he did not know who shot him. He was taken to Valley Medical Center for treatment.

Chevron robbery: 11:23 a.m., a suspect went behind the counter, at the Chevron at South 272nd Street and Military Road S., armed with a knife and ordered the clerk to open the register. An off-duty firefighter went after the robber, striking him with a broom handle. As the suspect fled, the firefighter was able to photograph the suspect’s vehicle, and a customer followed him in his vehicle and was able to report where the suspect later parked. A dog track from the car was not successful but the car which contained stolen items in open view was impounded for a search warrant.

Nov. 18

Multiple burglaries: Starting during the early morning hours, officers were dispatched to multiple commercial burglaries that occurred along Pacific Highway South from the 25200 block to the 25600 block. All the businesses were broken into by the suspects breaking out the front windows and doors, ransacking the businesses taking cash and electronics. The suspects in this crime spree appeared to be two males and one female. Sky Nails and Spa, Noor Brow and Lash Art, Busy Bee Cleaners, Cutters Point Coffee, Pho Saigon and the African Market were all victimized during this spree.

ATM robbery: 5:28 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a robbery at the Wells Fargo Bank at 10625 SE Kent Kangley Road. The victim was robbed at gunpoint when he was about to use the ATM. The suspect demanded money and fled the area eastbound on SE Kent Kangley Road.

Nov. 19

Drug deal shooting: 12:05 a.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of SE 272nd Street and Military Road S. regarding a shooting that occurred at 105 Washington Ave. N. The victim of the incident had driven away from the shooting and requested contact. Officers saw bullet holes in the reporting victim’s vehicle. Officers were told the victim was meeting with a suspected drug dealer to purchase pills which ended in a dispute. The victim claimed the suspect shot at him with a handgun.

Shot in ankle: 4:46 a.m., officers were dispatched to a subject shot in the ankle in the 27500 block of 137th Ave. SE. The victim had interrupted a couple subjects who were actively trying to break into the victim’s work van. The victim ended up fighting one of the suspects until the suspects retreated to the suspect vehicle. When the suspect vehicle was fleeing, the victim was shot by the suspects.

Nov. 20

ATM busted open for cash: 4 a.m., officers were dispatched to the Chase Bank, 13207 SE 272nd St., regarding a theft. Officers were informed during their investigation that a pickup truck occupied by four subjects, backed up to the ATM at the bank, and they used the vehicle and a strap to break open the ATM. It is believed the suspects stole over $80,000 in cash while creating over $60,000 of damage to the ATM/bank. The suspect vehicle appeared to be a stolen vehicle from down the street which was located unoccupied by officers.

Road rage shooting: 3:46 a.m., officers were initially dispatched to an illegal discharge near the Berkeley Heights Apartment complex, 22804 90th Way S. Officers were unable to locate a scene, or anyone associated with the incident until they were dispatched to a male victim at Valley Medical Center who walked in with a gunshot wound. Through their initial investigation, officers were told the victim had been involved in a road rage incident where he threw a can of pop at the other driver’s vehicle. The victim eventually got out of his vehicle to physically confront the other driver. The victim was shot at by the other involved party in the left thigh.

Nov. 21

Trailer fire: 4:14 a.m., Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority and Kent Police Department were dispatched to a fully involved single wide trailer fire at Paradise Mobile Home Park, 412 Washington Ave. N. When firefighters arrived, they tended to a man with a laceration to the neck. The victim locked himself in a back bedroom where it is believed he started a fire and caused a self-inflicted wound to his neck. The victim was taken to Harborview in critical condition.

Subway robbery: 5:44 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Subway, 8433 S. 212th St., regarding a robbery. A male customer had come in requesting to use the restroom. When he came out, he robbed the clerk behind the counter at gunpoint. The suspect ended up taking around $300 and fled the scene.

Nov. 22

Carjacking suspect: 8:39 a.m., officers responded to Washington Park to look for a stolen pickup truck. While there they stumbled upon another one. The driver crashed the truck at the entrance, fled on foot and was captured across the street. The suspect is believed to be responsible for a rash of carjackings and possibly the shooting in Puyallup of the off duty Federal Way Police officer.

Bank robbery: 12:56 p.m., Bank of America, 12994 SE Kent Kangley Road, was robbed by a suspect who fled on foot and was not captured.

Nov. 28

Pizza Hut robbery: 8:37 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Pizza Hut, 13003 SE Kent Kangley Road, for a robbery. Upon arrival they were informed a male suspect had walked into the restaurant with a rifle and robbed the employees of the cash in the register.

Dec. 2

7-Eleven robbery: 1:08 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at the 7-Eleven, 22422 83rd Ave. S. A male initially attempted to purchase alcohol and cigarettes. When the clerk asked for identification, the male pulled out a gun, took the items, came around the front of the counter and took more items in addition to what was originally sought after. The suspect fled the scene prior to the officers’ arrival.

Attempted bank robbery: 5:02 p.m., officers were dispatched to a bank robbery at the Bank of America, 25638 104th Ave. SE. The suspect walked up to a teller and handed her a note demanding money while indicating he had a firearm. The teller pushed the silent hold up arm and stalled until the suspect ended up leaving the bank without taking any property.

Dec. 4

Robbery at apartment: 1:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at the Atrium on James Apartments, 24206 62nd Way S. A subject had robbed a tenant at gunpoint stealing his keys, cellphone, personal belongings, and vehicle. The description of the vehicle was provided to the officers, and one officer located the vehicle while responding to the call for service. At about the same time another officer was establishing probable cause to stop the vehicle; it crashed, and the driver fled on foot. The driver, a 17-year-old male, was captured and taken into custody. The victim positively identified the suspect.

Safeway robbery: 5:20 p.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at the Safeway, 13101 SE Kent Kangley Road. A male in his 50s walked into the business acting like a normal customer. The man then removed a rifle from underneath his jacket and began to rob the business at gunpoint. The suspect fled on foot after taking cigarettes and about $250 in cash.

Dec. 5

Pedestrian hit by car: 8:23 a.m., a car vs. pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of West James Street/Lincoln Avenue. The driver was traveling westbound on W. James and stated he did not see the 44-year-old man wearing all dark clothing crossing James Street. The victim was not in a crosswalk. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. The victim was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

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