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Shell-shocked over eggings
A rash of vandalism by eggs thrown in Federal Way has enraged many local families.
At least five homes or vehicles were egged between Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. The vandalism all occurred sometime overnight.
Many of those who woke up in the morning to find the slimy gook and shattered shells reported being egged several times in recent months, according to police reports.
There could potentially be many more victims because egging is not often reported, said Stacy Flores, Federal Way Police Department spokeswoman. When the incidents are reported, it is frequently for insurance purposes, she said. Insurance companies often request a police report in order to fund repairs.
There doesn't appear to be a pattern based on location during the recent egging spree. One vehicle was hit in the Marine Hills neighborhood, a house and vehicle were hit near Dash Point Road, and another vehicle and house were hit near Star Lake Road.
The victim in Marine Hills said his red 2006 Toyota truck has been egged at least four times. John, who requested that his last name not be published, said he suspects the crime is racially motivated. He, his wife, Norma, and their two young children are one of the few African-American families in the neighborhood.
They are also the only Marine Hills family during this vandalism spree to report being egged to the police.
"I drive by and I don't see any other cars that are inflicted with the same damage," John said.
John grew so frustrated that he told police he was considering sleeping in his truck in an effort to catch the perpetrators and harm them, according to the police report. He estimates his vehicle has sustained $3,500 in damage from tarnished paint.
"I would be willing to give a good thumping if I came outside and saw them doing it," he said on Monday.
John said the egging has gotten so bad, he is considering packing up his family and moving to another city.
"I do fear for my kids. I don't want them in that environment," he said. "I don't know who's doing it. I don't know what their thoughts are, why they're doing it."
In the neighborhood near Star Lake Road, Kuldip Virk said his house was egged the night of Aug. 31 for the second time that month. The family heard loud noises outside about 2 a.m. The next morning, Virk awoke to find the remnants of at least eight eggs dripping down the windows and scattered on the driveway. One egg hit the next door neighbor's house.
"It was all over the front, they were everywhere," Virk said. "They even threw the eggs on the top roof. I do get frustrated when I have to clean it up."
Virk said he is unsure if his house is the sole target because he doesn't talk to his neighbors much. Virk's father suspects the family was targeted because they are Eastern Indian and dress in traditional attire. The elder Virk wears a long beard and a turban.
Virk, on the other hand, suspects the family was targeted because they live right alongside busy Star Lake Road. He hopes the problems will stop now that school has started.
"Only kids do that when they have extra time nothing else to do," he said.
Virk noted that his uncle, who lives a mile away in Auburn, also was a target of vandalism that night. The suspects threw eggs, broke windows and stole a GPS system out of a vehicle.
Another house that was targeted in the Star Lake neighborhood that night was tucked away in a cul-de-sac, several blocks from the main road.
Flores said the egging spree is likely a group of children causing trouble.
"This is a juvenile prank, that particular act," Flores said.
She said it is possible, but unlikely, that the crimes were racially motivated.
"What we've noticed is racially motivated crimes tend to be a little more violent," she said.
It was unclear if the other three victims were racial minorities because they were unavailable or did not respond to Mirror requests for interviews.
Catching suspected eggers is not a high priority for police, but if it becomes a frequent problem in an area, the department could send out extra enforcement, Flores said.
If caught, the suspect or suspects would likely face charges of malicious mischief, a misdemeanor.
Contact Margo Horner: firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 925-5565.