Fire at homeless camp causes several explosions | Police blotter

  • Monday, September 18, 2017 3:04pm
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The following is a sample from the Federal Way police blotter:

Villains in the night: At 9:57 pm. on Sept. 17 in the 2600 block of Southwest Dashpoint Road, unknown suspects tampered with a city-owned “signal board” that was parked nearby. Police believe the suspect(s) lifted up the jacks on either side and pulled out chalk from the tire, causing it to roll down the hill and across both lanes, which collided with a large cement barrier. The signal board did not appear damaged other than a locking mechanism, which broke off when it collided with the concrete barrier.

Forgot to yell “timber”: At 9:20 a.m. Sept. 16 in the 33000 block of Weyerhaeuser Way South, a local tree service misjudged the takedown of a tree, and it crashed down onto Weyerheauser Way South. As it fell, it completely took out a street light that belongs to the city. Puget Sound Energy secured the area by cutting off the power to the damaged light.

Pyros on Pac Highway: At 7:50 p.m. Sept. 15 in the 33000 block of Pacific Highway South, unknown suspects started a fire at a homeless camp near Kitts Corner Apartments. Several explosions went off, likely caused by nearby propane tanks and aerosol cans. Police estimated 20 trees were burned in a 50-square-foot radius.

Guns are not casual items: At 7:52 a.m. Sept. 15 in the 33000 block of 19th Lane South, neighbors reported hearing sounds of gunshots coming from inside of one of the apartment buildings nearby. Police later determined it was an accidental discharge from a shotgun from inside of a neighboring apartment that had penetrated into and through the interior shared wall of the neighboring apartment. Officers were only able to report property damage.

No way to talk to mother: At 6:41 a.m. Sept. 15 in the 33000 block of 41st Avenue Southwest, a suspect’s mother called police after her child became very angry and stated, “That’s it, I’m going to shoot you.” She told officers she feared for her life and believed the suspect would shoot her. Upon arrival, officers discovered the suspect was holding a plastic airsoft handgun at the time. The suspect was arrested and booked into the King County Juvenile Detention Center.

Not a recommended school supply: At 9:29 a.m. Sept. 14 in the 2800 block of Southwest 320th Street, a student was observed to have brass knuckles on the Decatur High School grounds. The brass knuckles were recovered by school security. The student was taken into custody.

Wandering child: At 11:53 a.m. Sept. 14 in the 3100 block of Southwest 340th Street, a reporting party called 911 saying a male child was found walking alone. Officers arrived at the location and made contact with the reporting party and the child. The 6-year-old child was wearing a T-shirt, pajama pants and diapers and appeared to be mentally delayed. The child was not injured, nor complained of any pain. The child was unable to answer any questions. A school’s principal contacted the police and reported the child is a student in one of the special education classes. It was also reported the staff had been looking for the child for 45 minutes, although the school failed to notify school security or police during the search. The school took custody of the child, and the officer left a voice message to the child’s mother.

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