School bus driver accidentally pepper sprayed | Federal Way Police Blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log March 8-14.

March 8

At least 1 report was taken of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft this day.

Accidental pepper spray on school bus: A school bus driver reported that morning around 7:45 a.m. that they had been exposed accidentally to pepper spray by a student rider on the bus. Other students identified the student who sprayed the substance, and that student admitted to doing so after finding the can on the bus. The student apologized to the bus driver and two girls who may have also been affected by the spray.

Backpack thefts: A backpack containing an approximately $1,000 value laptop was taken from a vehicle after the suspect smashed from front passenger window around 7 or 8 a.m. in the 1400 block of S 348th Street. About an hour later, a suspect broke the front driver side window of a car parked at H-Mart in the 31000 block of Pacific Highway South, stealing a backpack containing books and documents.

Business burglary: A suspect broke into a Subway restaurant at 1646 SW Dash Point Road by prying open the back door. About $300 to $400 in cash was stolen. The incident may have been captured on video footage.

March 9

At least 9 reports were taken of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft this day.

Argument leads to low-speed hit-and-run: An afternoon dispute over a bill led to a customer taking a spare key and attempting to take a vehicle without paying at the Performance Prep auto service store in the 34000 block of 16th Avenue S. While doing so, he struck the owner of the store at low speed, then drove off. The incident was capture on security camera footage.

Parent loses cool at elementary school: The principal of Mark Twain Elementary School reported at about 11:40 a.m. that a parent had angrily come into the office and shouted that someone was going to get shot. The parent was upset about a CPS referral the school had made. The parent was calmed down by a staff member and left the school with his child.

Long term care resident in crisis causes trouble: Police responded around 7:52 p.m. to reports of a resident at a long term care facility in the 2000 block of S 333rd Street acting out. He was found to be in crisis and acting delusional, irrational, paranoid and abusive. The resident assaulted a staff member, discharged a fire extinguisher, broke a glass door, cut his hand, and was eventually involuntarily committed to a hospital, according to police reports. Staff declined to press charges against him due to his mental health issues.

March 10

At least 8 reports were taken of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft this day.

Man struck with bat in a fight: Officers responded to reports of a fight around 1:10 p.m. in the 27000 block of Pacific Highway S, where several men appeared to have been injured by being struck with a baseball bat. Officers determined an argument had turned physical between the people involved.

Residential burglary: Officers responded to an alarm in the 600 block of SW 293rd Street. They found evidence of a force entry into a residence but no one was inside.

Commercial burglary: The door to a store in the 31800 block of S Gateway Center Boulevard S was pried open, but no one was found and nothing was reported stolen.

March 11

At least 16 reports were taken of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft this day.

Dog bites dog: An officer responded to a report of a dog biting another dog at an apartment complex in the 31500 block of 1st Avenue S.

Storage burglary: Officers responded to a reported burglary at a storage unit at Storquest Self Storage. Police found footage of a suspect forcing their way into the building and leaving with items.

March 12

At least 7 reports were taken of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft this day.

Commercial burglary: A building in the 3400 block of Hoyt Road SW was targeted by a burglar, with damage to the southern exterior door. It wasn’t immediately apparent what was stolen from the business.

Failed carjacking: A woman in the 33300 block of Pacific Highway S reportedly pointed a gun at a person and took their car keys in the early afternoon.. She tried to take the vehicle but was unsuccessful, and fled in a different vehicle.

Liquor robbery: A caller reported to police that two women tried to steal several bottles of liquor in the 32000 block of Pacific Highway S around 8:40 p.m.. When the caller tried to stop them, one pushed her and grabbed her by the shoulder. They ended up stealing one bottle and fleeing in a black SUV, according to the reporting party.

March 13

At least 9 reports were taken of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft this day.

Armed robbery: Police responded to the 34000 block of 1st Cir S for a reported armed robbery around 2:17 p.m. Three suspects had fled on foot, the caller said, and a police dog team was unable to find them.

Residential burglary: Officers responded to a reported residential burglary that occurred overnight in the 37100 block of Milton Road S. The entry door had been forced open and costume jewelry stolen, but no one was found inside.

Lewd photo scam: A police caller told officers they had met someone on Instagram and sent them sexual explicit photographs. The person on Instagram then demanded $2,000 on threat of sending the photographs to his friend. An officer told him the threat is a common scam and that he should never send those types of photos over the internet.

Armed phonejacking: A man sitting in his car around 11:30 p.m. at the Avana Starlake apartments in the 2200 block of S Star Lake Road, reported that a person approached him, opened the car door, pointed a pistol at him then struck his nose with the pistol. The suspect then took his phone and fled the area.

March 14

At least 13 reports were taken of vehicle theft or attempted vehicle theft this day.

Armed robbery: A woman reported around 4:10 p.m. that a man ran up to her in a parking lot in the 32400 block of Pacific Highway South, struck her with a gun and took her bag.

Vehicle prowler: An iPhone was taken from a vehicle parked in the Walmart parking lot at 34520 16th Avenue S by an unknown suspect who broke through a passenger window around 7:34 p.m.

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