Police use drone surveillance to check on suspected homeless camps in Federal Way

Police located a suspect on private property and arrested him on an assault warrant.

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log:

March 5

Reckless burning: At 3:34 a.m. at 31200 Pacific Highway S., officers were called to a report of a person dancing around a fire at the loading dock of a business. Officers arrested a female for reckless burning in the second degree.

Shirts and shoes required: At 11:47 a.m. at 1927 S. Commons, an unidentified female dressed in a gray hoodie and black leggings entered The Footlocker store. A video that police discovered later captured the female selecting what appeared to be four shirts and conceal them in a blue bag while a store associate retrieved a pair of Nike shoes from the back room. After providing her the boxed shoes, employees became distracted and the female exited the store without paying for the shirts or shoes. Employees found the shoebox empty under a bench. The total amount of loss was $260. The suspect remains unidentified.

Harassment: At 6:15 p.m. at 29225 Military Road S., a male victim was harassed at the apartment complex’s park. Several males shoved him to the ground and assaulted him several times while they demanded his money. One male threatened the victim’s life with a firearm. Police arrested the suspects for felony harassment.

March 4

Involuntary committal: At 3:46 a.m. in the 100 block of S. 316th St., an officer observed a male rolling uncontrollably in the street. He wasn’t wearing warm clothes in the 38 degree weather and was unable to stop moving his body. The officer asked him what he may have taken and he said he was coming down off of heroin and meth. While rolling he was banging his head on the ground and kept asking for help.

Assault with a knife: At 4:27 a.m. at 30400 Military Road S., two individuals assaulted a woman with a knife inside of an RV. The woman did not note any injuries and she did not request medical aid. The suspects were gone on foot when officers arrived.

Malicious mischief: At 8:39 a.m. at 31014 Pacific Highway S., several juvenile males were seen spray painting graffiti on the back side of Dollar Tree. The graffiti were gang tags. Police detained one of the suspects and two others fled. All are students at an unidentified high school (police redacted the name of the school). The graffiti abatement team was notified to help clean up the graffiti.

Juvenile problem: At 1:40 p.m. at 1635 SW 304th St., the principal from the elementary school called to report a student with behavioral issues who regularly threatens to stab people said he would bring a really big gun to school to shoot everyone. He was released to his relative, who informed police there are no guns in their home.

Transient camps: At 4:46 p.m. at 1715 S. 352nd St., a police commander was requested to use drone surveillance to check on suspected transient camps. A transient camp was found on private property with a valid trespass letter. The suspect was contacted and had a $7,500 warrant for fourth-degree assault from the Federal Way Police Department. The suspect was booked into jail.

March 3

Stabbing: At 11:26 a.m. in the 28000 block of 13th Ave. S., the suspect stabbed his brother-in-law after claiming he had raped him the night prior. The suspect, who has mental health issues, was arrested and booked into jail. The victim was transported to St. Francis for treatment.

Assault: At 1:22 p.m. at 2221 S. 333rd St., the reporting party stated her ex-boyfriend assaulted her while visiting her home. She was strangled during the incident and their 4-year-old witnessed the event.


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