Two men robbed at gunpoint after answering Craigslist ad | Police Blotter
By TRACEY COMPTON
Renton Reporter Staff writer
June 23, 2012 · Updated 10:20 AM
The following incidents were compiled based on City of Renton police reports.
Two men were robbed at gunpoint in Renton on June 1 after answering a Craigslist.com ad.
The 27-year-old man told police he went to an address on Maple Avenue Southwest to purchase an iPad and was robbed of $1,200, his cell phone and vehicle keys.
The incident happened at about 6:40 p.m.
The man told police as soon as he reached the address, two men approached the vehicle with semi-automatic firearms.
One of them demanded everything out of the Tacoma man’s and his brother-in-law’s pockets.
Police believe there is reason to arrest the suspects for first-degree robbery.
Car broken into at dealership
A Renton man’s car was broken into while at a dealership for service on June 13, but the dealership picked up the cost.
The 38-year-old man took his vehicle to Renton Walkers Mazda, 200 S. Grady Way S., for service.
Sometime during the night the car’s stereo and speakers were stolen.
The man told police in his report that the dealership staff called to tell him about the incident at 11:45 a.m.
But, apparently they told the man not to worry because the dealership was going to pay for the damages.
A Renton business was tagged with spray paint on
A Renton man reported that a work vehicle and building belonging to Renton Coil and Spring Co., at 425 S. Seventh St., had spray paint on them.
Two suspects were seen on a video of the area at about 2 a.m.
Police discovered tagging on the bay door to the business, a business vehicle, and a power box.
Police collected evidence from the incident and a copy of the surveillance tape.
Imposter steals from McLendon
Someone impersonated a former employee of a business to steal merchandise from hardware stores on May 14.
The incident took place at the Renton and Kent McLendon Hardware but was reported on June 12 when a store manager discovered they had been robbed.
A man claiming to be an employee of a local funeral home came into the hardware store in Renton at 12:18 on May 14 and purchased items.
He then returned and made two more purchases with a different employee with the same account at about 4 p.m.
Earlier that day, the man apparently went to the Kent store and made purchases at 1:29 p.m. and 1:31 p.m.
His purchases totaled $2,041.57 and each time he gave someone else’s name from a business account with the store.
A McLendon employee contacted the funeral home to verify the man was who he stated.
The funeral director said the name given was of a former employee, but that employee moved to North Carolina.
After reviewing a video of the purchases, the funeral director said he was 90 percent sure that the person making the purchases was not his former employee.
Man stabbed downtown
A Renton man was stabbed while walking downtown in the city on June 2.
The man was walking in the area of 200 Wells Avenue S. at about 10 p.m., when he encountered a group of men standing on the sidewalk.
The 53-year-old man told them, “Excuse me,” and tried to pass.
One of the males exchanged angry words with the man.
Then a different man in the group stabbed him and the group of four or five males got in a tan newer-model Lexus.
The 53-year-old describes the suspect as a black male in his 20s, with a bald head, about 5-foot-10 and 175 to 180 pounds.
The suspect was wearing dark clothing at the time.
Police took the man’s report at Valley Medical Center, where he was treated the next day.
Woman harassed by ex-roommate
A Renton woman reported harassment from a former roommate on May 1.
The two 22-year-olds were roommates for about a year in Issaquah, until they recently had a falling out.
Since they separated, the reporting party has received several harassing messages from her former roommate stating that she will have her arrested.
Police could not reach the woman that is apparently doing the harassing, but left her a message.Contact Renton Reporter Staff writer Tracey Compton at email@example.com or 425-255-3484, ext. 5052.