Body found hanging in the woods | Federal Way Police Blotter

From the Federal Way police log.

Jan. 17

There were at least 2 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day and 6 vehicles were recovered.

Body found: A body was discovered hanging in the woods near the 33800 block of 13th Place South. The body has not yet been identified, was determined to have been there for some time due to the level of decomposition.

Residential burglary: After being dispatched to a report of a felony order violation, officers arrested the reporting party’s ex dating partner for residential burglary and other offenses, including violation of a court order and malicious mischief.

Jan. 18

There were at least 4 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day and 2 vehicles were recovered.

Grocery store shoplift: An individual who has been an issue for a grocery store near the 28800 block of Military Road South was arrested around 6 p.m. In this instance, he was damaging property inside the restroom, left without paying for items, damaged a trailer after hiding underneath it and was most likely involved in an altercation reported by a passersby. He was arrested for trespassing, theft, obstructing justice and resistance or interfering with police.

Shot with BB gun: At approximately 6:45 p.m., officers responded to a suspicious circumstances call. After arriving at the grocery store, located near the 1200 block of South 320th Street, officers observed a shoulder injury consistent with a BB gun in the victim.

Juvenile car theft: At approximately 8 p.m., a Metro bus driver reported that a vehicle was doing “donuts” in a parking lot near the 2100 block of Southwest 344th Street and crashed, after which three juveniles fled the car. The vehicle was confirmed as stolen out of Kent.

Jan. 19

There were at least 5 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day and 5 vehicles were recovered.

String of weapons offenses: At approximately 6 a.m., two stolen vehicles arrived in front of the Safeway located near the 2100 block of Southwest 336th Street. Two female suspects entered the store and attempted to take an employee’s personal phone. When the employee refused, the suspects pistol whipped the employee. The two female suspects got back into one of the stolen vehicles and fled. One of the stolen vehicles crashed into the Little League fields nearby and fled on foot, but was not apprehended. Officers were dispatched to a report of a shooting at approximately 6:30 a.m. in the Winco parking lot. At approximately 6:40 a.m. at a gas station less than 2 miles away, a female suspect harassed a victim by pointing a firearm at her. The female suspect then walked back into the parking lot with another suspect and at least one round was heard being discharged. Officers recovered a stolen vehicle there.

Physical altercation: At approximately 12:30 a.m., a juvenile assaulted another juvenile for a public display of affection with his sister.

String of car prowls: Sometime between 9 p.m. and midnight, an unknown suspect prowled a victim’s vehicle near the 35400 block of 25th Avenue Southwest. There were five to six more prowls nearby with the same MO. The victim was using her boyfriend’s vehicle because hers had been stolen a little over a week prior.

Jan. 20

There were at least 6 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day and 2 vehicles were recovered.

Stolen vehicle arrest: Two individuals were arrested after being found occupying a stolen vehicle around 4:55 a.m. near the 30800 block of 1st Avenue South.

Night drop box stolen: At approximately 4:40 a.m., two suspects in a dark colored truck tied a chain around the night drop box of a credit union near the 33600 block of Pacific Highway South. They tore it off the wall with the chain, and the value of the theft is unknown.

Traffic cone theft: At approximately 3:40 p.m., a witness observed a male loading 10 traffic cones from a job site near the 31100 block of 28th Avenue South into a vehicle that ultimately returned as stolen.

Jan. 21

There were at least 5 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day and 5 vehicles were recovered.

Suspects chased: A witness reported seeing someone rummaging through his neighbor’s vehicle, then fleeing around 5 a.m. near the 2300 block of Southwest 339th Street. The witness then got into his own vehicle to chase the suspect’s vehicle. The driver of the suspect vehicle fired three shots into the air.

DUI leads to obstruction charge: At approximately 8:50 a.m., police responded to reports of multiple males drinking and driving. After locating the vehicle and observing multiple open alcoholic containers inside, the driver was arrested for DUI and the passenger was later arrested for obstructing justice. Harassment and threatening were also listed as offenses in the incident.

Gun stolen: A victim called to report the theft of a Glock 26 G3 from his glove compartment. The victim stated that he always keeps his vehicle locked, but there was no damage indicating forced entry.

Assault: A victim reported being assaulted with the butt of an unknown type firearm sometime between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The incident is documented as a residential burglary and the call initially came in as a robbery, but it was determined that nothing was stolen.

Jan. 22

There were at least 3 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day and 2 vehicles were recovered.

ATM burglary: At approximately 3:45 a.m., officers responded to a report of a commercial alarm at a gas station near the 32000 block of Military Road South. They discovered there had been a burglary and that the suspect had fled after taking the ATM.

Taxi DUI: A yellow taxi was reported blocking the eastbound lanes on South 312th Street and Pacific Highway South. The driver was passed out in the driver’s seat and was arrested for DUI.

Residential burglary: After returning home after some time away, a victim discovered numerous personal belongings were missing from his home.

Jan. 23

There were at least 2 reports of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft on this day and 3 vehicles were recovered.

Residential armed robbery: At approximately 3 a.m., officers responded to a residential burglary in progress. They arrived to the residence located near the 800 block of Southwest 349th Way just after six subjects fled the scene. Officers found that they had forced entrance into the residence, demanded money and stolen one of the victim’s cellphones. Suspects entered the city via I-5 and fled the same way.

Vehicle arson: At approximately 6 a.m., the police department responded to a vehicle fire near the 30400 block of 8th Avenue Southwest. The King County fire investigator believes the fire to have been intentionally set.

Starchase used to recover stolen vehicle: A traffic stop was attempted on an unlicensed vehicle around 6 p.m. The vehicle fled and pursuit was not initiated, but the driver almost caused a collision nearby, where a Starchase tagging device was successfully deployed. The vehicle was then located unoccupied and recovered by police.

Carjacking: At approximately 11:30 p.m., a victim stopped on Star Lake Road just south of South 272nd Street when an unknown subject carjacked him at gunpoint. The victim ran and was shot once in the lower back. The victim walked several miles to a friend’s house where they called 911. They are currently in stable condition with non life-threatening injuries.