Man arrested for wielding machete at Burger King | Federal Way Police Blotter

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

Massive shoplifting effort: At 5 p.m. on July 27 at 29625 Pacific Highway South, a man reported that about 40 male and female juveniles came into the Shell gas station and began stealing drinks, candy and other foodstuffs en masse in a massive shoplifting effort. He tried to intervene and managed to grab one jacket from a female. One male threw a can of soda at the victim but missed. All subjects were gone and dispersed prior to police arrival. The total estimated loss was $70.

Group of shoplifters steal alcohol: At 1:50 p.m. on July 27 at 28719 Military Road S., a witness reported that a group of about 10-15 juvenile males and females entered the 711 and some of them took alcohol from the store without paying. The group left the scene prior to police arrival.

The witness could not say for sure exactly what items were taken, but estimated the loss to be approximately $60. While the responding officer was on scene, a group of 10-15 males and females came walking through the parking lot from the north.

The officer took the witness outside to see if he could identify the suspects who stole the items. However, he could not say which ones took the items, nor could he identify them. He only stated he knew they took cans of Four Loko and some bottles of wine.

Couple uses ruse to steal parrot, cockatoo: At 3:44 p.m. on July 27 in the 31800 block of 54th Ave. SW, officers responded to a theft in progress. Further investigation revealed that a couple, who own a parrot rescue organization in Graham, Washington, arrived at the victim’s Federal Way home under a ruse to provide service to the woman’s bird’s beak. However, they seized the woman’s two birds, according to the police report.

They told the police officer they had actually come to the residence to do a welfare check on two birds, a green parrot and a white cockatoo, that they had adopted out to the resident earlier this year.

They said the parrot had not been properly maintained with beak trimming, so they confiscated the parrot, per their contract with the woman. Police examined the parrot and noted its beak bottom and top were long and un-maintained and did not line up with one another, giving the bird a “scissor bite,” the report continues.

The couple said the bird could not eat or drink like that, had lost weight and needed veterinary attention. Police spoke with the victim, who was distracted because she was looking for a second bird, the cockatoo. She said she got into a physical altercation with the couple and the bird went missing.

The bird owner told police that she neglected the bird’s beak because the couple did not follow through with training her how to trim its beak. She was under the impression that the couple came to her home to train her how to trim the beak. The woman told police the couple attacked her physically to get the parrot from her grasp.

Police removed the birds from the couple’s possession and arrested the woman who owns the rescue organization. Police also advised the bird owner to have a veterinarian check both birds within 24 hours. The woman’s neighbor told police she would help her trim the bird’s beak in the future.

Father accuses mother of child neglect: At 7:34 p.m. on July 27 in the 1900 block of SW Campus Drive, A father reported that he picked his 4-year-old son up from the child’s mother’s house and he noticed the boy had a black eye. He asked his son what happened to his face and he replied, “I fell on fire,” the report notes. He said he called his ex-wife and she said she did not know how the injury occurred. The father was concerned that his ex-wife was not monitoring their child during visitation. Police interviewed the boy and determined that the injury was accidental.

Disabled grandmother, grandchildren living in deplorable campsite: At 9:21 p.m. on July 27 in the 1400 block of S. Dash Point Road, police officers responded to a report of a welfare check on a 71-year-old woman in a wheelchair and her three grandsons, ages 6, 9 and 11.

All were found to be camping in the tree line area around Sacajawea Park. The boys’ mother, a Renton resident, was recently booked into jail on a warrant and left her children with their grandmother. The woman, who was in an electric wheelchair, told police she could not care for the children. She said they were living in a tent because the family was recently evicted from their apartment.

According to the report, the children’s clothing was soiled and had holes. They were only being fed once a day and the tent they were living in was small and cramped. Police took the children into custody, fed them and were unable to locate relatives. Child Protective Services took custody of them, placing the two youngest boys into the same home, and the oldest into a different home.

Clean sweep: At 9:20 p.m. on July 26 in the 1900 block of S. 314th St., a woman was apprehended for trying to do a “cart push” of cleaning supplies. She attempted to steal $279.59 of supplies, the report notes.

Man wields machete at Burger King: At 11 a.m. on July 26 at 34819 Pacific Highway S., a 28-year-old Auburn man was arrested for exhibiting a machete inside Burger King in a manner that alarmed an employee. The employee told police that the man, who was talking to himself, ordered some food.

He bent down to get money out of his backpack, which had the machete tied to it. He opened the backpack and she also saw another knife inside. He told the worker he did not have enough money, while holding the machete out in his hand towards his side. Another employee came to the front counter and grabbed the machete from the man’s hand.

Police located the man, who had a large buck knife taped to the frame of his bicycle. An officer asked the man if it was normal to walk inside a busy fast food restaurant at lunch time and display a knife, and he replied, “Everyone’s normal is different. What might be normal for me, might not be normal for you.”

Forcible fondling: At 1:15 p.m. on July 26 in the 31700 block of Gateway Center Boulevard, a woman reported to police that an older male co-worker forcibly fondled her breasts. The investigation is ongoing.

Man passed out in drive thru: At 3:03 a.m. on July 25 at 34814 Pacific Highway S., police contacted a man after he was found passed out in the drive thru, with the vehicle in drive and the engine running. He blew a .128 and was arrested.

Forcible sodomy: At 6 p.m. on July 25 in the 2200 block of S. Star Lake Road, a woman reported that her 4-year-old daughter disclosed that her father’s friend touched her inappropriately on her buttocks. The case is under investigation.

Sex offense: At 6:19 p.m. on July 24 in the 30000 block of Third Ave. S., a 15-year-old reported that while she was jogging from Sacagawea Middle School back home, she passed a male who was tying his shoe on the side of the road.

After a short ways, she slowed her pace to a walk and the man tapped her on the her shoulder to get her attention. He asked her how old she was and when she replied, he touched her buttocks. She slapped his hand away and ran home. Police could not locate the suspect.


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