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Craigslist sale turns violent | Federal Way crime blotter
Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log:
• Craigslist sale goes bad: At 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 1800 block of S. 330th Street, a man reported being assaulted and having a cellphone stolen from him. According to the report, the man had the cellphone listed on Craigslist and had received an inquiry from an interested party. The interested party insisted on meeting the victim at his house, which the victim agreed to. The suspect showed up with another individual, at which time they assaulted the victim and took the cellphone.
• Woman beaten with wicker chair: At 6:16 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 33000 block of 37th Avenue SW, a woman reported being attacked by a man with a wicker chair. According to the report, the woman was visiting the suspect's brother when the suspect attacked her. The woman had swelling and pain in her head from the attack.
• Lost resident: At 5:04 a.m. Feb. 19 in the 31000 block of 8th Avenue South, the caretaker of an adult family home reported that one of their residents was missing. According to the report, the resident wandered off the property some time in the early morning hours. The resident suffers from dementia, depression and anxiety, and takes numerous medications. The resident's destination was unknown.
• Vehicle break-in: At 1:07 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 600 block of SW 308th Street, a man reported his unsecured vehicle had been ransacked by unknown suspects. According to the report, the suspects took $70 from the vehicle's center console, along with a pair of sunglasses. The suspects left behind a coat, one that the victim's daughter was able to identify as belonging to a girl at her school that she has an ongoing issue with.
• Lucky suspect: At 3:46 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 1900 block of South 314th Street, the suspect entered Walmart, selected an item, didn't pay for it, then returned it. According to the report, the suspect was able to get the refund value of the item, approximately $90, put onto a giftcard. The suspect left the store and was not apprehended.
• Coming home from vacation: At 4:13 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 31000 block of 24th Avenue SW, the victim came home from vacation to find their vehicle had been broken into. According to the report, a 1911 .45-caliber handgun was stolen from the vehicle. A neighbor witnessed the break-in, but failed to report it to the police.
• Parking spot argument: At 4:24 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 34000 block of 16th Avenue South, a man and a woman got into an argument over a parking spot. According to the report, the woman became so upset at one point that she keyed nearly the entire side of the man's vehicle.
• Diaper thief: At 9:39 p.m. Feb. 19 in the 2100 block of SW 336th Street, an unknown man entered Safeway and took two packages of Huggies diapers without paying for them. According to the report, the suspect got in a vehicle and left the scene. The vehicle was reported as belonging to a woman in the Seattle area.
• Customer throws fit: At 12:39 a.m. Feb. 18 in the 31000 block of Pacific Highway South, the suspect attempted to purchase a pack of cigarettes using a "damaged" ID card. The store clerk refused to sell the cigarettes to the suspect, at which time the suspect became angry and knocked over an energy drink display.
• Shady Western-Union employee: At 6:46 p.m. Feb. 18 in the 31000 block of 1st Avenue South, the victim reported a fraudulent charge of $514.99 had been made to her Bank of America account. According to the report, Bank of America informed the victim that the transaction had been done through Western-Union. The victim had used Western-Union to wire money the day before, and believed that a Western-Union employee was responsible for the fraudulent charge.