Police Blotter Oct. 10
October 10, 2012
Police were called to a Sammamish home Sept. 28 after neighbors reported hearing a fight inside. When police arrived, the couple admitted they had been arguing but told police that they had not fought physically, though police noted that the male half of the argument was holding an icepack on his hand. The man would not tell officers how he had injured himself, and the woman denied having been responsible for the injury. Police ensured that both parties felt safe at the home and left information about domestic violence resources.
A Sammamish resident reported Sept. 28 that a man identifying himself as a carbon monoxide detector salesman had shown up at the resident’s home unannounced several times. The woman told police that she had responded to a mail advertisement for the detector about a week prior.
A man then showed up at her home and insisted on coming inside to install the detector. The man told the woman that her home would need to be rewired in order for the detector to be installed. When the woman told the salesman she could not afford such a project, the man offered to put her in touch with his friend, who could get her cheaper car and homeowner’s insurance. The man continued to call and show up unannounced at the woman’s home, prompting the woman to tell the man not to contact her. Police advised the woman to call 911 if the man showed up again.
A resident on the 20600 block of Northeast 16th Street reported that someone had stolen a purse and a painting from her home in the early morning hours of Sept. 27. The resident told police that they had several friends over at the home that night and that one had left the sliding glass door of the home open overnight, because it was hot outside.
The next morning, the purse and a painting of Shawn Kemp were missing from the home. The homeowners do not believe any of the people in the home at the time could be responsible and believe someone snuck in the open door at night and took the items. A neighbor found the purse nearby the next day and returned it to police. The case remains under investigation.
A 38-year-old Sammamish man was removed from a local church after allegedly acting aggressively towards staff and forcefully removing his son from the church’s day care center. Church staff told police they wanted the man removed after showing up and causing a disturbance on several occasions. Police contacted the man at his home. He refused to sign a trespass form. Police advised him that he could be arrested if he showed up at the church again.
A Sammamish resident reported that someone had fraudulently charged more than $1,000 to his credit card Sept. 20. The charges include $500 at Banana Republic and $500 at Victoria Secret in Bellevue. The resident is unsure how his information could have been compromised.
A Sammamish resident reported that someone had made more than $100 worth of fraudulent charges to her credit card in Fresno, California. The resident close her account but is unsure how her information could have been compromised.
Police responded to a Sammamish home Sept. 18 after the resident reported that her boyfriend had pushed her and attempted to choke her during an argument. Police arrived and contacted the woman, whose accounts of the altercation differed when she talked to different officers.
Police contacted the boyfriend, who had left the scene with a friend, on his cell phone. The man told police that the woman had fell after she attempted to kick him. He added that at one point, the woman had a knife in her hand. The woman told police that she briefly had the knife for self-defense before putting it back. Police provided the woman with information on domestic violence and arranged for a safe place to stay for the couple’s child. The case remains under investigation.
A resident on the 21700 block of Southeast 32nd Street reported that they had found their mailbox open and mail missing on several occasions recently. The resident did not receive at least one check they had been expecting and had to have it reissued. Police documented the incident in case the resident becomes the victim of identity theft.
A resident at The Knolls at Inglewood Hill had more than $1,000 worth of tools stolen from his truck overnight Sept. 21. The suspect had broken into tool boxes mounted to the back of the resident’s truck and taken a jigsaw, a skill saw, mini-grinders and roto-hammers. The case remains under investigation.
A 33-year-old Sammamish woman was arrested Sept. 22 after staff at Rite Aid reported that she had altered a doctor’s prescription in an attempt to get more Oxycodone. A pharmacist at the store became suspicious after seeing that several numbers on a prescription had been altered and called the woman’s doctor. The doctor informed the pharmacist that the prescription had been 20 5mg pills, not 40 15mg pills. Police contacted the woman, who denied altering the prescription. She was arrested and then released at the scene. The case remains under investigation.
Police responded to two separate calls Sept. 30 involving a 51-year-old Sammamish woman who had passed out in public. During the first call, police found the woman sleeping under some trees with a three-quarters-full bottle of vodka near the corner of Southeast 28th Street and 218th Avenue Southeast. About an hour later police received another call about an unconscious female and found the same woman a block away, passed out next to a quarter-full bottle of vodka. The woman appeared highly intoxicated and unable to stand or take care of herself. She was combative with police and aid units and threw a punch, barely missing an officer. She was transported to Swedish Issaquah for detox.
Stolen credit card
A Kirkland resident reported Sept. 30 that someone had used his credit card at the Shell station near QFC. The resident told police that he had left his wallet in a bathroom at the Brown Bear Car Wash that morning. The man returned to the car wash but staff there reported that no one had turned in a lost wallet. The man checked his bank records and discovered that his card had been used at the Shell station. Police reviewed surveillance video which shows a white male in his early 20s with brown hair and a tattoo of a cross on his left forearm making a purchase with the card. The case remains under investigation.
A resident on the 2700 block of 266th Avenue Southeast had nearly $8,000 worth of jewelry stolen from their home in a Sept. 28 burglary. The resident left the home to run errands at around 3 p.m. When they arrived back home 40 minutes later, they found that someone had broken into the house by throwing a small statue through the glass French doors at the rear of the house. Gold and silver jewelry and prescription medication were among the items taken. The case remains under investigation.
Cell phone theft
An Eastlake High School student reported that someone had stolen her iPhone Sept. 27. Police were able to use the tracking software on the phone to determine that the perpetrator had taken the phone to Mercer Island High School’s football stadium, where Eastlake was playing Mercer Island. Police were unable to determine which of the hundreds of attendees had the phone. The case remains under investigation.
The price of beauty
Police cited two teenage females for shoplifting after staff at Bartell Drugs saw them walk out of the store with a curling iron and various beauty items Sept. 26. The teens were released to a parent and will be charged with third-degree theft.
Suspected drug possession
Police responded to the parking lot of Beaver Lake Middle School at around 9:45 p.m. Sept. 25 after receiving a report that a 23-year-old North Bend man had overdosed on prescription drugs there. Police arrived as the man was pulling out of the parking lot and pulled the man over.
The man successfully completed field sobriety tests, but had a suspended license due to previous legal issues. Family of the man had told police that they feared that the man might commit suicide and police became concerned when they saw shotgun shells in the back of the vehicle. The man told police that he was distraught over issues with his ex-girlfriend but had no plans to kill himself. They also noticed a brown, tar-like substance on the end of a pocket knife, which they believed to be heroin.
Police impounded the car and transported the man to King County Jail on suspicion of driving with a suspended license and drug possession. On the way to the jail the man became combative and made several “veiled threats about how powerful and influential his family is” to the officer.
A 36-year-old Sammamish man was arrested on suspicion of fourth-degree assault after allegedly hitting his wife in the back during an argument Sept. 25. Police responded to the couple’s home after the wife called 911. The wife told police that she and her husband had begun arguing over teaching their children.
During the argument, the man allegedly spit on the woman, prompting the woman to hit the man with her slipper. The man responded by punching her in the back, causing pain. The man was pulled over nearby and admitted to hitting his wife. He was released at the scene after police ensured the wife was with friends.
A 35-year-old Seattle man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence at around 9:15 p.m. Sept. 23. Police responded to a report of a car that had driven into a ditch on the 27100 block of Duthie Hill Road. When they arrived they found the driver highly intoxicated. The man performed poorly on field sobriety tests and blew a .22 on a breath test, nearly three times the legal limit for driving. Police drove him to the Mercer Island Transit Center where he was released.
Not a donation
A Sammamish resident reported Sept. 22 that a Trek mountain bike had been stolen from their front porch. Police were eventually able to determine that the bike had accidentally been taken by organizers of a charitable toy drive who were collecting toys from people’s front porches and mistook the bike for a donation. The bike was returned.
A resident on the 100 block of 243rd Placed Southeast reported that someone had spray painted their fence with black paint overnight Sept. 18. Police have no suspects.
Police pulled over a 19-year-old Sammamish man for driving 49 mph in a 35 zone near the corner of Main Street and 244th Avenue Sept. 17. Police smelled alcohol on the man’s breath and the man blew a .03 on a portable breath test, though he is under the legal drinking age. The man told police that he had just left a friend’s house where he had one beer after work. According to the police report, police will withhold charges against the man.
Items in the Police Blotter come from Sammamish Police reports.