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Two men rob customers at Rite Aid, shoot at employee | Police blotter

Following is a sample from the Federal Way police log Dec. 29 - Jan. 3.

Dec. 29

Boyfriend strangles, points gun at girlfriend: At about 11:25 a.m. near the 2500 block of SW 336th Street, a woman came into the police station to report that a week earlier, she was strangled by her boyfriend. She also said the boyfriend put a gun to her chest, which caused her to fear for her life.

Victim approached by suspect with knife: At about 2:34 p.m. near the 28400 block of 20th Avenue South, a man said he was approached by a suspect in front of his home. The suspect was holding a knife and demanded the man’s property. The man did not give the property to the suspect and the suspect walked away.

Restaurant robbed: At about 5:53 p.m. near the 32900 block of 1st Avenue South, the Pho 7 restaurant was robbed at gunpoint.

Dec. 30

Possible Walmart robber: At about 12:25 p.m. near the 34500 block of 16th Avenue South, a suspect attempted to rob a Walmart with a box cutter. The suspect fled on foot and subsequently stole a running vehicle in a nearby Les Schwab parking lot.

Shooting at Rite Aid: At about 5:29 p.m. near the 2131 block of SW 336th Street, two male suspects entered the Rite Aid and robbed customers at the pharmacy at gunpoint. The suspects then tried to enter the pharmacy by shooting at the door. Before leaving, they broke into the cash registers at the front of the store. Prior to leaving, one of the suspects fired a shot at one of the employees, but did not hit her. The suspects fled the scene in a vehicle prior to police arrival.

Dec. 31

Woman followed: At about 5:17 p.m. near the 32000 block of Pacific Highway South, a woman called to report that she was being followed by a suspect who pointed a gun at her.

Jan. 1

Boyfriend smashes girlfriend’s windshield: At about 3:58 p.m. near the 33600 block of Pacific Highway South, a woman was assaulted over a two-day period by her boyfriend via strangulation. He also repeatedly punched her in the face. When the woman attempted to leave the residence, the boyfriend jumped on the hood of her car and smashed the windshield. Witnesses called 911 and the boyfriend was not immediately located.

Jan. 2

Firearm threat: At about 10:56 a.m. near the 33700 block of 21st Avenue South, police responded to a threat with a firearm. The suspect was arrested and booked into jail.

Attempted stabbing: At about 7:36 p.m. near the 100 block of South 339th Court, officers responded to an apartment complex for reports of an attempted stabbing. Officers established probable cause to arrest the suspect for second-degree domestic violence assault. The suspect was booked into King County Jail.

Jan. 3

Man found dead in doorway: At about 7:09 a.m. near the 32400 block of Pacific Highway South, a man was found dead in the doorway of a vacant business by security. The man had no obvious injuries and no signs of foul play were observed. The medical examiner was contacted and took custody of the man’s body. The man has not yet been identified by the King County Medical Examiner’s Office, but police estimate he was in his late 40s or 50s.

Men steal bottles from Total Wine: At about 9:37 p.m. near the 32000 block of Pacific Highway South, two men entered the Total Wine and More liquor store and selected about 10-12 bottles of alcohol. The estimated total was around $500. The men then left the store without paying. The suspects have been identified, but not yet located.

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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