Kent Police Blotter: Sept. 11-24

Incidents include multiple store robberies, carjacking, 5 shot at rental house party

A sampling of Kent Police incidents from Sept. 11-24:

Sept. 11

Copper wire theft: 2:45 a.m., officers were dispatched to suspicious noises in the 13300 block of SE 208th St. Homeowners in the area reported hearing an electric table saw, and then hearing a tree coming down. Another caller said they could see a subject cutting and stealing copper wire or cables. They were also advised the subject was hiding in the bushes as vehicles passed by. Officers saw cables hanging down from a power pole. They located the suspect who was lying in a ditch trying to conceal himself. The suspect was arrested for removing about a city block worth of cable and cutting it into 4-foot sections.

Robbery at apartments: 7:44 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at the Stratford Arms Apartments, 11126 SE 256th St. A maintenance worker was picking up trash when he saw the suspect vehicle parked in the parking lot. He approached the vehicle, took a photo of it while telling the occupants to leave the apartment complex. The suspect reacted by assaulting the victim and took his phone. As the suspects began to get back into their vehicle, one of the suspects pointed a handgun at the victim. The suspects then fled the area in a reported stolen vehicle. The vehicle had been taken in a carjacking with a gun within the city of Kent.

Attempted burglary: 11:06 p.m., officers were dispatched to a welfare check at a residence in the 10000 block of SE 229th Place. Multiple people broke into the victim’s home and when they realized a burglary was occurring, they locked themselves in a bedroom. One of the suspects tried to open the door, then yelled to the other suspects that a baby was in the home, and this caused them to all flee.

Sept. 14

7-Eleven robbery: 3:51 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at 7-Eleven, 1208 Central Ave. N. Five suspects entered the store and immediately started grabbing items such as alcohol and tobacco. One of the suspects walked around the counter demanding the employee open the till. The suspect had his hand inside a duffle bag when making this demand suggesting he was armed. When the employee refused, another suspect grabbed a wine bottle and slammed it onto the ground in attempts to further intimidate the victim. The suspects then fled and were seen getting into a vehicle. That vehicle was later reported stolen to Seattle Police and recovered in Federal Way by Washington State Patrol.

Attempted carjacking: 9:10 a.m., officers were dispatched to a carjacking in progress at a residence in the 20800 block of 109th Lane SE. Three suspects were trying to take a vehicle belonging to a woman. The victim was in the parking lot with her 3-year-old son and 3-year-old niece who were in the back seat. One of the suspects opened the car door, was holding his hand in a manner suggesting he had a gun and said, “Get out the car bitch.” The victim plead with the suspects not to do what they were doing because of the children in the back seat. This prompted the suspects to shut the door and leave. Officers canvassed the area and took two 14-year-olds and one 17-year-old into custody and booked them into juvenile detention in King County.

Sept. 17

7-Eleven shooting: 1:27 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting at 7-Eleven, 511 Central Ave. S. The victim suffered gunshot wounds to the hand and thigh. The victim provided a suspect and vehicle description but did not state how the situation occurred. The victim was transported to a hospital to treat his injuries. Spent casings were recovered at the scene.

Deli mart robbery: 4:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at the Kent Deli Food Mart, 8815 S. 180th St. Three masked suspects, two female, one male, entered the store, one of the females pointed a handgun at the employee and demanded he open the register. Another suspect walked around the counter and ended up taking around $2,000 in cash along with various tobacco products. After the suspects fled, and officers gained access to video surveillance; they discovered there were two other suspects outside in the parking lot waiting for them in a vehicle.

Attempted coffee stand robbery: 9:08 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at Ladybug Espresso, 24816 Pacific Highway S. The suspect vehicle arrived at their stand occupied by three or four subjects. The driver engaged her in conversation and eventually demanded she turn over everything she had. The driver produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim and began to try to crawl in through the drive-up window. The victim fled to the back prompting the suspect to give up, got back into his vehicle and fled the scene.

Carjacking of Lyft driver: 7:54 p.m., officers were dispatched to a carjacking at Fred Meyer, 25250 Pacific Highway S. The victim was a Lyft driver and was taking a break in the parking lot. He was robbed at gunpoint by six suspects, and they took his vehicle. The victim’s vehicle was later recovered by Seattle Police and impounded for processing.

Sept. 18

7-Eleven robbery: 5 a.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at 7-Eleven, 1481 W. Meeker St. Five suspects, two armed with firearms, robbed the store at gunpoint. The first suspect entered the store and pulled a gun demanding the money from the register. The suspects ended up taking around $800 in cash and tobacco products before fleeing in a vehicle.

West Hill Market robbery: 6:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at West Hill Market, 24526 36th Ave. S. Four suspects robbed the store at gunpoint taking money and alcohol products. The suspects were seen fleeing in a vehicle.

Sept. 19

Assault: 1:25 a.m., officers were dispatched to a possible domestic disturbance at the City of Kent Corrections Facility lobby, 1230 Central Ave. S. A female was calling inside the lobby claiming she was assaulted and was bleeding from the face. The victim had been near the railroad tracks around South 259th Street walking eastbound when the unknown suspect passed her going in the opposite direction. The suspect, without saying anything, grabbed her from behind and struck her multiple times in the face and kicked her while she was on the ground. Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority responded to treat her injuries.

Stabbing near library: 1:49 a.m., officers were dispatched to a stabbing victim at the MultiCare Auburn Medical Center that originally occurred near the Kent Library, 212 Second Ave. N. The victim was walking near the railroad tracks around 711 Central Avenue S. when she felt someone hit her in the back. She turned around to see the suspect who did not say anything and continued to assault her. The victim said the suspect continued to violently attack her and she ended up “playing dead” to stop the assault. The suspect then fled on foot. The victim found a random citizen in a vehicle and requested help. That person drove her to the hospital.

Sept. 22

Cellphone robbery: 8:04 p.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at 7-Eleven, 711 Washington Ave. N. The victim had been at the Water’s Edge Apartments when the known suspect contacted her and began beating her about the head and face. The suspect ended up taking the victim’s phone and fled from the scene. The victim went to the 7-Eleven and called 911. The victim was transported to the hospital to treat her injuries.

Sept. 23

Home robbery: 9:06 p.m., officers were dispatched to a robbery at a residence in the 10900 block of SE 219th Place. Two suspects forcibly entered the victim’s home and robbed them at gunpoint. The suspects ended up taking over $100,000 worth of property which included a firearm, shoes, jewelry, watches, and designer handbags.

Sept. 24

5 shot at house party: 12:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to a shooting at a residence in the 23600 block of 94th Avenue S. Over 20 rounds had been fired, multiple people were fleeing the scene in vehicles, and at least one person was on scene who had been hit. The victim had been attending a party at the residence which was being rented out. As this incident progressed, more calls to 911 came in to report other victims who had been hit. A total of five people had been shot, one being an 83-year-old female at a neighboring residence who was struck by a bullet that entered through the window.

76 Gas Station robbery: 1:04 a.m., officers responded to a suspicious circumstance at the 76 Gas Station, 1513 W. Meeker St. Four to five subjects wearing masks entered the store and robbed the employee at gunpoint. They then ran from the business and fled in a vehicle. The suspects took the money from the registers along with tobacco products.

Major emphasis patrol

• On Sept. 16, a Narcotics Enforcement Operations was held across town. There were 13 contacts and 10 arrests made. Nine arrests were for drug crimes, and one was for criminal trespass. One subject earned an additional false statement charge.

• On Sept. 19, police conducted another operation at Phoenix Court Apartments, 23913 111th Pl. SE. Two adults were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, obstructing and state Department of Corrections warrants. One adult was arrested for consuming drugs in public. Two subjects were trespassed from the complex and surrounding complexes related to this. A traffic stop was made where the driver had a $1,000 misdemeanor warrant out of SeaTac for third-degree driving with license suspended. One vehicle sped away from the area before officers could catch up to it. One occupied stolen truck was successfully recovered.

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