Vandal suspects flee after firing gunshots at victim in store parking lot

The victim dove behind his vehicle for cover and then heard three gunshots.

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log:

April 2

Business burglary: At 9:32 a.m. at 35105 Enchanted Parkway S., sometime overnight an unknown subject made unlawful entry into the Puerto Vallarta restaurant and stole cash. There were no signs of forced entry.

Social media threats: At 7:54 a.m. at 30611 16th Ave. S., school administrators searched two high school students after an altercation in the school hallway. One of the students was in possession of an improvised knife. The student with the knife was ultimately arrested for threatening the other student on social media. Police later determined the knife was not displayed or used to threaten anyone. The student was given school discipline for the offense, and the police detective did not recommend criminal charges against the student.

Involuntary committal: At 9:51 a.m. in the 100th block of SW 320th St., police responded to a report regarding a subject dancing in the roadway. Police observed a woman standing in the roadway on 1st Avenue South who appeared agitated and confused. She was involuntarily committed as police determined she was a danger to herself.

Apartment burglary: At 11:29 a.m. at the Latitude Condos, a female reported that while inside her apartment two males unlawfully entered her residence but left when they noticed the apartment was occupied.

Malicious mischief: At 3 p.m. at 34310 9th Ave. S., a homeless male attempted to cut a tree down. The fire department completed the downing of the tree.

Group of juveniles steal tip jar: At 3:51 p.m. at 32901 1st Ave. S., a store employee stated that approximately 10 to 12 juveniles entered the store, took a tip jar with approximately $30 in cash from the front counter then fled on foot west towards the BPA trail. She said the juveniles were male and females who appeared to be of middle or high school age, wearing grey hoodies and sweatpants. She said this same group of juveniles has done this same thing approximately once a month but she has never called police prior. She said they would retrieve video surveillance footage of this incident.

April 1

Sex offense: At 11:30 p.m. in the 2400 block of S. 273rd St., the victim reported that a male whom she met through a dating website sexually assaulted her. She reported the incident but did not want to prosecute this case. Police located the suspect, who assisted in this investigation.

Transient male targets vacant apartment units: At 10:50 a.m. at 33131 1st Ave. SW, the manager of the Cove Apartments reported ongoing issues with a transient male who has been targeting their complex and vacant apartment units. The unknown male, using an unknown source, has found unoccupied apartments and accessed them to sleep, according to the manager. The manager indicated that there was no damages at this time, however, the manager was startled to find this male camped out inside the units.

Suspect caught on camera: At 11:09 a.m. in the 32000 block of 23rd Ave. S., an abandoned vehicle was located on the sidewalk. The vehicle had lost control and struck a city light pole. The driver fled the scene. During the investigation a witness returned to the scene with video of the potential suspect and gave police a written statement.

Suspect steals candy machine: At 10 a.m. at 1200 S. 324th St., a male known by employees came into the business and stole a candy machine by the front door. The male then left the business in a blue SUV. Possible suspect information is available.

Shell casing found near school: At 1:14 p.m. at 33914 19th Ave. SW, a female reported that she found a spent shell casing on the track of Saghalie Middle School during a school outing to the track. Police booked the Luger 9MM shell casing into evidence.

March 31

Robbery: At 2:30 p.m. at 1838 S. Commons, two males entered the business and quickly pulled a cell phone from the security cable. One of the males brandished pepper spray towards the store clerks.

Dog bites child: At 4:46 p.m. in the 34000 block of 8th Ave. SW, a leashed Rottweiler bit a child while he was on his bike near the BPA trail. The dog owner left the scene with the dog.

Assault with a firearm: At 7:56 p.m. at 2109 SW 336th St., officers responded to a report of a shooting that occurred in the Safeway parking lot. The victim relayed that he had an altercation with three male subjects outside of the store. When he returned to his vehicle, he observed that it had been vandalized. The victim then contacted the three subjects as they were vandalizing two more vehicles in the parking lot. One of the subjects pulled a gun and pointed it at the victim. The victim dove behind his vehicle for cover and then heard three gunshots. The victim was not injured. The suspects fled the scene and were not located after a K9 track.

March 30

Malicious mischief: At an unknown time at 2109 SW 336th St., a male walked into Safeway wearing a green mask, black hoodie and camo pants. The male attempted to take the till from an unmanned register. The male pulled the register onto the floor possibly causing damage. The male fled the store in an unknown direction. The store manager will submit video footage.

Burglary: At 8:49 a.m. at 31839 Gateway Center Blvd. S., a male unlawfully entered the business before it was open and tarnished the inside. An employee arrived and saw the male inside with a laptop and a bag of cash from the cash register in his hand. The employee asked the male to put the stuff down and leave, in which he complied, and then was apprehended by police a few businesses down. The male was treated by the fire department on scene for a Taser application. The male was transported to SCORE jail.

Wandering child: At 2:02 p.m. at 32905 19th Place S., the management at Waterbury apartments advised police they had a 3-year-old female in their office. The child had been wandering around the complex for roughly two hours. Prior to police arrival the child’s parents had been located. Officers contacted the family and referred the case to CPS.

Animal cruelty: At 5:38 p.m. in the 2200 block of S. 330th St., a Shih Tzu was abandoned in a feces and urine soaked kennel crate covered with a sheet alongside of the roadway. Neighbors discovered the dog and bathed it to remove some of the feces and urine. The dog was taken to the Tacoma Humane Society where it was placed in vet treatment for emaciation.

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