Police Blotter July 24

July 24, 2013

By Administrator


At 11:38 p.m. July 5, a police officer found two juveniles from Redmond setting off fireworks from the docks at Sammamish Landing.

The boys said they had gotten the fireworks from a stand on the Tulalip Reservation. In addition to possessing fireworks in violation of city law, the type of fireworks (bottle rockets and firecrackers) violated state law.

In the end, both boys were issued infractions for possession of fireworks within city limits.


Attempted suicide

At about 10:14 p.m. July 6, police responded to a home where a young woman had been reported to be attempting suicide via a drug overdose.

It was reported she had been attempting it for the past week or so. She was taken to Swedish Issaquah


Vehicle prowls

u A man on the 1900 block of 205th Place Northeast called to report that someone had stolen items fro his car and home between 11:30 p.m. July 11 and 8:20 a.m. July 12. The suspect had smashed in his car window and taken items from the car, then used the garage door opener to access the garage. The items and damages combined are estimated to be $575. Police were able to obtain fingerprints.

u A car on the 1500 block of 229th Avenue Northeast was broken into overnight July 12. The owner said the only thing missing was a not-name brand purse worth about $50. It had nothing important in it.

u Also overnight July 12, someone broke into a car on the 22900 block of Northeast 15th Place. The driver’s side window had been pried out with a large screwdriver. In the process, the suspect seems to have cut his hand, leaving the police some blood to collect as evidence. There was about $2,200 in damage done to the vehicle. The suspect made off with a pair of broken Zune music players.

u Another overnight July 12 car prowl took place on the 22900 block of Northeast 19th Drive. A police officer could find no signs of forced entry. The suspect took $3,503 worth of tools along with some credit and debit cards. The cards were used at several locations in Redmond, Issaquah and Renton.


Beach party

At about 6 p.m. July 13, police investigated multiple complaints of people drinking alcohol at Sammamish Landing Park.

When police arrived, they found a group of six males and three females sitting around a shelter with alcohol nearby.

Upon investigation, the officers found that only three of the males had been drinking, and all three were minors.

They recommend all three be charged with minor in possession of alcohol and consuming alcohol in a city park.



At about 10:30 p.m. July 13, a woman flagged down a police officer to report a burglary on the 21800 block of Northeast 22nd Street.

A stained glass window with a wrought iron inlay was smashed in. Police say a great amount of force would have been needed to smash the window. A rear sliding door had been left closed, with a wooden dowel rod in the bottom slider, but the rod had been removed and the door was left open.

The officer concluded that someone very small – likely weighing less than 100 pounds – shimmied through the broken window and then opened the back door.

Once inside, the suspects took about $9,300 worth of jewelry.


Sparkler bomber

At about 8:34 p.m. July 3, someone set off a sparkler bomb on the 4500 block of 230th Way Southeast.

The person who made the report says they have an idea of who it was, after several juveniles identified the suspect.

They reported the suspect had made several sparkler bombs and had been setting them off in Sammamish and Klahanie. The homeowners hope to contact the suspect’s parents and handle the matter civilly.


Fire in the hole

u Police responded when someone set off a firework inside the urinal portion of a Honey Bucket at Big Rock Park sometime between July 4 and 5. They found no evidence beyond scorch marks and an unreadable firework wrapper.

u Police responded when someone set off a sparkler bomb in a portable toilet at Pine Lake Middle School between 5 p.m. July 11 and 6 a.m. July 12. Debris was scattered in an area reaching out to about 150 feet. Construction workers completing work on the fields at the school saw nothing.


Fast and Furious: Sammamish

At 3:55 p.m. July 7, a police officer noticed two cars racing near the 21200 bock of Southeast 24th Street. Radar indicated they were traveling 60 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The officer was able to contact one of the vehicles, and cited the driver for racing.


Mailbox bomber

u Police responded to a report of a mailbox being blown up at 2:04 p.m. July 8 on the 21200 block of Northeast Sixth Street. The mailbox is in front of a vacant residence that had been tagged unsafe to occupy. Police took photos of the damage.

u Police responded to a report of a fireworks-damaged mailbox at about 10:15 p.m. July 8 on the 23800 block of Southeast 30th Street. At about 2 p.m. that afternoon, a woman reported hearing a loud noise. She said she didn’t realize what had happened, so she didn’t call police until much later. The officer found a row of about six mailboxes, with one missing from near the middle. Parts of it were strewn about the area.


Not a fan

A man called police after his debit card was used to purchase tickets to a Taylor Swift concert in New York. He contacted his bank and found several other fraudulent purchases. He only uses the card at a handful of locations around Sammamish and wonders if it could have been compromised at one of them.


Involuntary committal

At about 10:11 p.m. July 10, Sammamish Police got a call that someone was in front of the police station feeling suicidal. When officers contacted the woman, they had a calm conversation with her, but she started growing uneasy. When they told he she was not free to go, she tried to run. An oofficer detained her and she was taken to Overlake to see a mental health professional.


Car prowl

Some time between 1 and 2 p.m. July 12, someone broke into a car at the Pine Lake Athletic Club. The suspect shattered glass and took a purse from the vehicle. The damages and items together are worth about $440. Police were able to obtain some fingerprints.


Vehicle prowl

u Someone broke into a car on the 3000 block of 231st Lane Southeast between 8 p.m. July 11 and 9 a.m. July 12. They took an inactivated smart phone and mailbox key. The suspect may have also taken mail from the mailbox.

u Someone broke into a car on the 2500 block of 234th Place Southeast between 10:30 p.m. July 11 and 7 p.m. July 12. The suspect took a pair of iPod cords and a key fob worth a total of about $200.


Attempted color bomb

Someone taped together fireworks, a PVC pipe, a sparkler and several cans of spray paint and set off the device sometime July 4 or 5 near second base at a field at Beaver Lake Park. It appeared someone used a PVC tube with an end cap with a hole drilled in it, then used a sparkler as a fuse. The spray paint cans were taped to the PVC tube, but while damaged were largely in tact.

They had also detonated a firework inside a garbage can.



Someone threw eggs at a home on the 23700 block of Southeast Sixth Place between 9 a.m. July 4 and 4:18 p.m. July 7. An officer found most of the eggs in the driveway, but a few were on the garage door. No other houses nearby seem to have been egged.


Dog attack

At 8:05 p.m. July 8, police responded to a report of a dog biting an 8-year-old girl on the 2800 block of 275th Avenue Southeast. When they arrived, they found a vehicle parked with the windows partly rolled down. One dog was inside while another was circling the car. As one officer approached the car, the outside dog charged at him. The officer drew his weapon and took a shooting stance, which caused the dog to pause. Another officer was able to retrieve his Taser and tased the dog. The dog fled and one of the officers gave chase on foot.

Firefighters were able to come and treat the girl, who had a pair of puncture wounds on her calf. The officer heard that the car had been parked there for a while and suspected the owner might be mountain biking at Duthie Hill Park. Indeed, the owner and two of his friends were. The owner was cooperative and noticeably upset that one of his dogs had hurt someone. The dog had all of his shots.

The owner had left the windows open a crack for the dogs to stay cool, but one seems to have forced a window down and escaped, breaking the window in the process. The man’s friends tried to help find the dog, which the officer giving chase had lost sight of. Eventually, they were able to regain control of the dog. Animal Control responded at 9:32 p.m. and took over the case.


Pee vandal

Someone urinated on the handle of the front door of a home on the 23100 block of Southeast 44th Street between 8:30 p.m. July 8 and 8:30 a.m. July 9. There was no permanent damage.


More fireworks

Police heard fireworks going off at the Madison Apartments at about 8:30 p.m. July 10. They found a group of juveniles in possession and an 11-year-old admitted to having brought them. Police found the boy’s father who said he did not know the boy was setting them off. He had other fireworks in his possession and turned them over to police, who did not issue the man a citation.

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