Students report strange man in van | Federal Way Police Blotter

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Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log:

Ex-girlfriend follows man in traffic: At 2:51 p.m. on March 23 at an undisclosed address, a man reported that his ex-girlfriend was following him in traffic and attempting to bother/harass him. The report notes police contacted the ex-girlfriend and advised her to discontinue the behavior.

Slashed tires: At 6:50 p.m. on March 23 in the 1900 block of SW Campus Drive, a woman reported that unknown suspects slashed two of the tires on her vehicle. According to the report, a rusty razor blade was still lodged in one of the tires.

Man flags police down for trouble with vehicle, arrested on warrant: At 12:23 a.m. on March 21 in the 2200 block of S. 336th St., a man flagged police down for assistance with his vehicle. According to the report, the responding officer contacted the man previously and ran his information. The officer discovered the man had an active warrant in Kent and arrested him.

Mail thief caught: At 1:50 a.m. on March 22 in the 1400 block of S. 304th St., police made contact with a man alleged to have been stealing mail. Police ran the man’s information and discovered a warrant from the State Department of Corrections. According to the report, the man had several items of what appeared to be stolen mail on/with him.

Man leaves behind book of personal information after confronted by cashiers: At 6:27 p.m. on March 21 in the 1900 block of S. 314th St., a white male attempted to use a number of credit cards to purchase a variety of items at a store. According to the report, the store employees confronted the man on the use of the cards, at which time he fled the area. The report notes the man left behind a book full of people’s sensitive personal information.

Diamond bracelet stolen: At 7:55 p.m. on March 22 in the 35000 block of Third Place SW, a man returned home from vacation to find the door to his house open. According to the report, unknown suspects entered the house and stole a diamond bracelet valued at $16,000.

Man works on vehicle, causes collision, gets arrested: At 8:16 p.m. on an unknown date in the 3800 block of SW 328th Place, a man was at a friend’s house working on a vehicle. As he worked on the vehicle, the vehicle’s parking brake disengaged, causing it to roll down the street and causing a minor collision. The report notes the mechanic had active warrants and was arrested.

Attempted theft from church foiled: At 11:50 p.m. on March 22 in the 1900 block of S. 341st Place, two men were arrested for attempted burglary when they were discovered in the act of attempting to steal a number of items from a church. The men had been staging the items in the church parking lot when they were discovered.

Cash register found in road: At 6:22 a.m. on March 21 in the 28000 block of S. 19th St., police responded to a report of an object in the roadway. Police discovered the item to be a cash register that belongs to a salon in Auburn.

Woman brandishes firearm in apartment complex parking lot: At 9:16 a.m. on March 21 in the 29000 block of Military Road S., a woman was arrested for brandishing a firearm. According to the report, the woman was upset because her car had just been ticketed by apartment staff for violating the complex’s parking rules.

Girls spooked by strange man: At 10:08 a.m. on March 17 in the 31000 block of 14th Way SW, two female students waiting at a bus stop reported a strange man in a “gray/silver” colored van, with a green logo and white lettering, pulled up across the street from them. According to the report, the driver was described as an “elderly male with gray hair and a pale white face wearing a black coat and gloves.”

The man would “pull up his sleeves while looking at the girls.” Both girls reported what they thought was an “unknown silver object” in the man’s hands, but they could not make out what it was. The girls were spooked by the man and headed to a different bus stop where they informed the bus driver and school authorities. According to the report, the principal notified parents and students by sending out a letter regarding the incident. The report also noted that police were going to increase their patrols in the area in an attempt to locate the strange man and his van.


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