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Man exposes himself in Fred Meyer parking lot | Police Blotter
The following information was compiled based on City of Renton police reports.
A Renton man was arrested after troubling customers, employees and police officers Oct. 29.
Employees at the downtown Fred Meyer first realized there was an issue when vendors started to complain a man parked in a motor home behind the store was harassing them while they tried to make deliveries.
The store manager contacted the motor home owner, a 63-year-old man, who became hostile and said the motor home was broken down. The manager said the man had one day to remove the motor home from the property. The next day, the motor home was still present, but the manager gave the man an additional day to arrange for transportation.
The next day, the manager received more complaints from vendors.
After another encounter with the man, the manager called the police.
When police arrived and tried to contact the man, he stepped into the open RV door with no pants on and started to thrust his hips. Then he reached down and fondled himself. When police moved closer to arrest him, he walked into the motor home and returned to the door with a knife.
Officers tazed him, then arrested him for indecent exposure and obstructing a public servant.
Bank of America vandalized
A Bank of American building on Duvall Avenue was vandalized Oct. 21.
Five areas of the bank were targeted with things such as “rape” and swastikas.
The graffiti was reported at about 2:30 a.m. and the reporting party thought a nearby group of juveniles might be responsible. Police could find no evidence of who committed the crime.
Mystery caller won’t leave woman alone
A Renton woman complained of numerous unwanted phone calls from a restricted phone number Oct. 27.
The 25-year-old victim said she has been receiving calls for about two months and the frequency intensified in October when she received 20 or more calls in a week before calling police.
She said when she answers the phone the caller sounds male and breathes heavily. She fears the caller may be stalking her because of the number of calls, even though she has repeatedly told him to stop.
Verizon would not release the restricted number without a warrant.
Man tries to break into home
A man tried to break into a woman’s home Oct. 23.
The 21-year-old resident heard noises at her door, but ignored them at first. Later she came downstairs and saw a suspect she recognized, a 20-year-old man, in her back yard dressed in black with a screwdriver. She confronted the man and he ran away.
The victim explained that the man used to be a woman who was a friend of the family.
Police called and trespassed the man from the victim’s home.
Shotgun found in apartment hallway
A resident found a shotgun sitting up against a wall at an apartment complex Oct. 30.
An anonymous caller reported a shotgun propped up against the wall in the hallway of an apartment complex on Stevens Avenue.
Police found a gun case on the ground. The area surrounding it appeared to be covered in drywall debris. The officer then found the shotgun, which was not loaded, took possession and secured it.
Man, woman steal cans of beer
A Seattle woman and Kent man were cited for theft Oct. 29.
The 50-year-old woman and 49-year-old man entered the downtown Safeway, stole an undetermined amount of beer and left. Police tracked them down and found that the man was driving with a suspended license. They searched the two and found two cans of 211 Steele Reserve, valued at $2.89 each.
The woman was cited for third-degree theft, while the man was cited for driving with a suspended license.
Attempted purse snatch in apartment parking lot
A man tried to steal a woman’s purse while she was outside her apartment Oct. 28.
The 40-year-old woman was in the parking lot of her apartment complex on Fifth Place when a man drove up alongside her and grabbed her purse. The purse strap caught on the woman’s arm and the man drove off.
Police were unable to find the man and have no other witnesses.