City staff discover public restroom turned into homeless sleeping area

The restroom had a strong odor of mildew, urine and feces; parks staff cleaned it up.

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log:

Feb. 24

Pipe and porn: At approximately 10:48 a.m. near the 1200 block of S. 320th St., an officer witnessed a suspicious male in a parked car. Upon approaching the car, the officer saw the male holding a glass smoking pipe and watching porn on his phone. The male saw the officer and dropped both items in the center console of the car. After the officer identified the male by his driver’s license, he was cited for drug paraphernalia possession and given a promise to appear.

Road rage: At approximately 11:35 a.m. near the 34000 block of Pacific Highway S., the victim was involved in a road rage incident and had a gun pointed at them by the suspect. The suspect also shouted something at the victim, but the victim could not hear them because the car windows were up. The suspect said the victim was flipping them off, and said they did not say anything to the victim. The suspect was not located, but was contacted by phone.

School bus assault: At approximately 2:58 p.m. near the 2200 block of S. Star Lake Road, two juvenile female victims were assaulted on a school bus by two, possibly three other juvenile females. The suspects attend the same school as the victims, Thomas Jefferson High School. Both victims sustained numerous bruises to their heads. The parents of the victims took them to St. Francis for evaluation and treatment. School security was advised of what happened and said they will take care of it the following day. The reporting officer also said he will follow-up with the high school.

Feb. 23

Illegal discharge: At approximately 11:22 a.m. near the 30200 block of 25th Place S., the reporting party called 911 about an illegal discharge in the area. Officers arrived and found six shell casings in the street of 302nd and 23rd Ave. S, but no shell casings were found in the area of the most recent illegal discharge call. The casings were placed into evidence.

Tool Library theft: At approximately 5:57 p.m. near the 1700 block of S. 340th St., an unknown male wearing a reflective traffic vest and jacket covering his face, walked into the Pyramic Masonic Center and committed theft. The suspect walked to the back of the property and broke into a trailer owned by South King County Tool Library. Tool Library staff were unable to identify the things taken because the trailer broken into contained donations that had not yet been gone through. After the break-in, the suspect left through the woods north of the location.

Feb. 22

Shipping container theft: At approximately 7:25 a.m. near the 32500 block of Pacific Highway S., a lock on a shipping container was discovered to be cut off. The container had donations inside of it, so it is unknown how much or what was taken. There are several access points to the location of holes in the fence that have not been repaired, though no suspect information is available.

Family assault: At approximately 8:20 a.m. near the 32000 block of 37th Ave. S., the victim reported to police that her son punched her in the head twice before fleeing on foot. The victim sustained a head injury but declined medical treatment.

Assault at Walmart: At approximately 5:32 p.m. near the 1900 block of S. 314th St., officers responded to reports of an assault from the day prior. The victim said at Walmart the day before, she was threatened by unknown subjects, and when her daughter intervened she was attacked by the suspects. Both victims sustained minor injuries due to the assault. There is no suspect information as of the time of the call.

DUI collision: At approximately 7:03 p.m. near the 1600 block of S. Dash Point Road, officers responded to a two-vehicle collision. An investigation revealed one of the drivers was intoxicated and he was subsequently arrested.

Feb. 20

Familial assault: At approximately 9:06 a.m. near the 28600 block of Pacific Highway S., the reporting party called 911 to report that his son had assaulted him. When officers arrived on scene, the son had left the area in his truck. The reporting party had minor injuries to his nose, for which he declined aid.

Theft: At approximately 6:40 a.m. near the 27300 block of 23rd Place S., the reporting party called 911 to report that she thought her daughter’s father had entered her parked car without her permission and stole several documents from her glove box. The reporting party told officers that the documents taken were court documents against the male as well as photocopies of evidence she was planning to use against him in court. The reporting party also said her work access card and keys were taken, which gave her access to her work’s narcotics cabinet, as well as her boyfriend’s 2019 W-2’s. There was no sign of forced entry and no other property was taken. There is also no recorded surveillance of this incident, or evidence suggesting the daughter’s father was involved

Transient squatting: At approximately 9:25 a.m. near the 2000 block of 18th Avenue South, neighbors called 911 to report smoke coming out of the chimney of a vacant home. The house had recently sustained heavy fire damage from transient use in unsafe uses of open flames. When officers arrived, they announced their presence before entering the home. Officers located the suspect sleeping on an air mattress near the fireplace. The male was detained, and a bag of white crystal was located near him. The substance was identified as methamphetamine by the suspect. The male was taken into custody and the fire extinguished. The male was transported to the station. The substance was tested and confirmed to be meth. The male was photographed and fingerprinted.

Drug clean-up: At approximately 4:39 p.m. near the 32100 block of 32nd Avenue Southwest, the reporting party called 911 to have the listed location cleaned from drugs and drug paraphernalia scattered around. The reporting party located a large amount of unknown pills, a metal pipe, as well as several glass pipes and needles. The former residents of the listed location were known to police as drug users. The needles and glass pipes were disposed of in a large sharps container at the evidence building. The pills and metal pipe were entered into evidence for destruction.

Movie theater LSD: At approximately 7:15 p.m. at the Commons movie theater, officers located a female seated in the lobby of the theater, whose speech was incoherent and unintelligible. She had a “1,000 yard stare” and admitted to police that she used LSD before. She was unable to name her current location or residence. SKFR treated her and she was transported to St. Francis for further evaluation.

Feb. 19

Parks restroom used for shelter: At approximately 8:46 a.m. near the 1400 S Dash Point Road, parks staff reported to police that they found the upper mens restroom’s lock had been tampered with. After checking the interior, they found an unknown transient had set up a sleeping area inside. The parks restroom is kept locked during the winter months. The restroom had a strong odor of mildew, urine and feces. Parks staff removed the odor sources, cleaned the restroom and repaired the lock. The report made at this time was for documentation.


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