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Man carrying lighters pours gasoline on employee, office floor | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log April 13-18.

April 13

Purse over plants: At about 4 p.m. near the 1700 block of South 352nd Street, a woman got out of her car to peruse plants at the Home Depot store. A man in dark clothing then broke into her car and stole her purse and wallet.

Inappropriate touching: At about 3:45 p.m. near the 32300 block of 1st Avenue South, a nursing home employee called to report a male resident inappropriately touched a sleeping female resident.

Shots fired: At about 9:20 p.m. near the 358000 block of 16th Avenue South, an officer responded to sounds of an illegal discharge. Three residents then flagged the officer down, saying they heard gunfire. The officer checked the area and found one 9mm cartridge casing. No witnesses or suspects.

April 14

Sharpening throwing knives: At about 7:25 a.m. near the 2800 block of SW 320th Street, a student asked his shop teacher if he could sharpen three 4-inch throwing knives in class. Officers stated there appears to be no ill-intent. School is handling discipline.

Attempted crowbar break-in: At about 5 a.m. near the 31800 block of Pacific Highway South, a transient man was seen on surveillance footage attempting to break into a business using a crowbar. No permanent damage was inflicted beyond minor paint scratches. The man did not enter the business.

April 15

Shots fired: At about 12:22 a.m. near the 32100 block of Hoyt Road SW, officers responded to reports of an illegal discharge. One .45 ACP cartridge casing was found in the roadway. No damage to nearby buildings and there are no witnesses or suspects.

Fiery temper: At about 2 p.m. near the 2100 block of SW 352nd Street, a man was in an apartment complex leasing office and he was upset because his vehicle had been towed. The man got into an employee’s face and began to push her. He was holding a gas can and began to pour gasoline in the lobby and on the employee. The employee was able to push the man out of the office. While he was locked outside, the man made a comment that he has matches for the gasoline. He tripped on the curb and two lighters fell out of his jacket. The employees believed the man would light the accelerant on fire. The man fled the scene, but was later located when police responded to reports of a separate physical altercation. The man was arrested for felony harassment.

Weapon threat: At about 5:25 p.m. near the 33100 block of Pacific Highway South, officers responded to reports of a threat with a weapon in progress at Ernie’s gas station.

Man with rifle: At about 7:55 p.m. near the 31400 block of Pacific Highway South, officers responded to a man with a rifle yelling at passing vehicles. They found he was in possession of an altered rifle and has previous felony convictions, meaning he is unable to possess firearms. The man was booked into jail.

April 16

Shots fired: At about midnight near the 31300 block of 10th Avenue South, police heard sounds of gunfire and discovered bullet holes in a house.

Vandalized car, home: At about 10:52 a.m. near the 3000 block of South 288th Street, a man discovered that sometime overnight, an unknown suspect broke his bedroom window, slashed all four of his tires and broke his vehicle’s side mirror. The unknown suspect also wrote “Pay me” on the man’s vehicle. The man does not know who would do this to him and neighbors did not have any additional information.

Shoplifter assaults employee: At about 12:30 p.m. near the 27300 block of Pacific Highway South, officers responded to a strong-arm robbery at a business. An employee was assaulted outside the store after he attempted to recover shoplifted property. The suspect fled on foot and was not located.

April 17

DUI driver: At about 3:02 a.m. near the 900 block of South 336th Street, officers located a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the roadway. After investigation, the driver was arrested for DUI.

April 18

Flattened tires: At about 12:30 a.m. near the 2400 block of SW 336th Street, a local fast food restaurant reported that a disgruntled employee flattened the tires on three vehicles parked at the restaurant. Two of the vehicles were owned by employees. The employee was identified and the incident was captured on video.

The Federal Way Mirror police blotter is a sample of entries compiled from the Federal Way Police Department’s Public Information Officer log. For more information on our processes at the Mirror, email your questions to

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