Man arrested near Kent for throwing rocks at vehicles along I-5

July 5 incident near South 272nd Street

Damage to a vehicle struck by a rock along Interstate 5 southbound near South 272nd Street on the Kent/Federal Way border. COURTESY PHOTO, Washington State Patrol

Damage to a vehicle struck by a rock along Interstate 5 southbound near South 272nd Street on the Kent/Federal Way border. COURTESY PHOTO, Washington State Patrol

The Washington State Patrol arrested a 35-year-old Seattle man for investigation of second-degree assault and malicious mischief for reportedly throwing rocks at vehicles July 5 along southbound Interstate 5 near South 272nd Street on the Kent/Federal Way border.

At approximately 12:25 a.m. on Monday, State Patrol communications received a 911 call stating that a pedestrian on southbound I-5 near South 272nd had thrown a rock at their vehicle damaging the windshield.

As the responding trooper was approaching the area to make contact with the victim he observed a pedestrian walking southbound on the other side of the concrete barrier, according to a State Patrol press release. The trooper parked his patrol vehicle in the gore point at South 272nd where a total of two victims had pulled over and were awaiting contact.

The trooper advised communications that he would be on foot in an attempt to locate the pedestrian. He walked northbound on the other side of the barrier and observed a subject lying in the tall grass. The trooper observed chunks of concrete in the area that appeared to have been recently broken off of the barrier.

Once another trooper arrived the man in the grass was detained for investigation of throwing debris. As the man was being placed in the back of the patrol vehicle one of the victims approached and told the troopers that the man was the person that threw a piece of concrete at his vehicle, according to the State Patrol.

All involved in the investigation were moved off the freeway to a parking lot in order to take photographs and obtain statements from the victims. During this time two additional victims contacted the scene with damage to their vehicles.

The four drivers each stated that they were traveling southbound I-5 in lane one approaching South 272nd when their vehicles were struck by what appeared to be chunks of concrete. One of the drivers received minor injuries when the concrete pierced his windshield and struck him on the shoulder. The shattered glass also left minor cuts on his arm and face.

The man was booked into the King County jail.

At this point in the investigation the State Patrol said it has no information to tie this arrest to the incidents that have been occurring in the downtown Seattle corridor along I-5 and I-90.

The State Patrol asks residents to continue to call 911 to report any pedestrians on the freeways no matter what location and provide as many details as possible.


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