Police draw guns on shoplifter | Federal Way Police Blotter

Police arrest a shoplifting suspect on Sunday after officers drew handguns on the suspect, who they believed had a gun. - Carrie Rodriguez, The Mirror
Police arrest a shoplifting suspect on Sunday after officers drew handguns on the suspect, who they believed had a gun.
— image credit: Carrie Rodriguez, The Mirror

The following is a sample from the Federal Way police log:

Woman throws diapers and formula at man’s car: At 1:11 a.m. on May 26 in the 30000 block of Second Ave. S., a man reported that the mother of his child harassed him and his new wife. According to the report, the most recent incident began when the mother showed up at his residence and threw diapers and baby formula on his car. The man wasn’t home during the incident but his wife was. The man also contacted his child’s mother to express his desire to be left alone, at which time the woman became even more aggravated with him.

Apartment burglarized while residents sleep: At 9:14 a.m. on May 26 in the 950 block of SW Campus Drive, a man and a woman’s apartment was burglarized while they slept. The unknown suspects stole approximately $2,500 in personal electronics and other items from the residence while the couple slept in the upstairs area of the apartment.

Neighbor threatens children: At 6:23 p.m. on May 26 in the 4900 block of SW 319th Lane, a woman reported that a neighbor threatened her children. The neighbor accused the children of climbing to her balcony and stealing a marijuana plant she kept there.

Police draw guns on shoplifter: At 4:15 p.m. on May 25 in the 27000 block of Pacific Highway S., police responded to a shoplifting call at Arco Gas. An employee told police he saw a suspect via surveillance cameras conceal two cold cut deli sandwiches valued at $7.96 in the front pocket of his hoodie.

He said an unknown customer told him that the suspect had a gun and he was last seen getting onto Metro bus 6002. Police then observed the suspect who matched the description getting off the bus and noticed he had a large object in his hoodie pocket. Officers drew their handguns and ordered the suspect to the ground. After he was handcuffed, two sandwiches fell out of his pockets, but no gun was found. The 36-year-old Seattle man, who is a repeat offender, was arrested and booked in SCORE jail for third-degree theft.

Garbage rummager at ER: At 4:10 a.m. on May 25 in the 34000 block of Ninth Ave. S., emergency room staff reported that they believed the suspect tore off a disposal bin containing syringes and needles. They believed the suspect was doing this in an attempt to find needles/syringes that may have had small amounts of narcotic substances left inside of them.

Internet interaction gone wrong: At 4:37 a.m. on May 25 in the 33000 block of 33rd Place SW, a man was blackmailed out of $100. The man met a woman and interacted with her online through a site called Roulette Chat. As part of the online interaction, the woman persuaded the man to masturbate on video chat program Skype.

Unbeknownst to the man, the woman recorded this chat session. The suspect showed the recording of the video to the victim, and then showed the victim her Facebook page. The suspect then demanded $3,000 from the victim, while the suspect told the victim she had “done this many times before.” The victim was able to negotiate the amount down to $500, and was eventually able bring the amount down to $100. The victim sent the $100 to an individual in the Philippines, although it was unclear if the individual named in the Western Union transfer was the same individual who blackmailed the victim.

Man attempts to rape caregiver: At 1 p.m. on May 25 in the 31000 block of 10th Ave. S., a man was arrested for the attempted rape of his caregiver. The man, who lives in a group home for known sex offenders, threatened the caregiver with a knife while telling her to take her clothes off. The suspect followed the caregiver into a restricted room of the home and cornered her in the room. The suspect repeatedly told the caregiver to take off her clothes or that he would kill her. At one point, the suspect went to put the knife he grabbed back in its drawer, at which time the caregiver was able to exit the room and house and grab her cellphone to dial 911.

Appliances stolen from vacant house: At 5:04 p.m. on May 24 in the 2600 block of S. 309th St., someone reported that a vacant house, currently for sale, was broken into. The unknown suspects stole a brand new stove valued at $1,500 and a new dishwasher valued at $500 from the home.

Fake TV seller: At 8:50 a.m. on May 24 in the 28000 block of Military Rd. S., a woman reported that a man sold fake flatscreen televisions out of the trunk of his car. Police interviewed the man at the police department and then released him.

Illegal mushrooms delivered to wrong address: At 9:55 p.m. on May 24 in the 950 block of SW Campus Drive, a woman reported receiving a package that appeared to be full of hallucinogenic mushrooms. A check of sender and receiver names on the package came back negative. The mushrooms were turned over to police for disposal.

Elaborate purse thieves: At 6:36 p.m. on May 22 in the 1800 block of S. 316th St., two women reported that two suspects stole their purses from their workplace. The duo worked in tandem, with one entering the business and talking to the women and holding their attention while the second snuck into the back of the business through an unsecured door. The second suspect then took the purses from a back room of the business while his accomplice kept the two women occupied. The report notes video footage was available of the incident.


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