Bear hugs subdue two shoplifters | POLICE BLOTTER

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The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department incident reports.

Three Walmart security officers subdued a man and a woman who walked from the Rainier Avenue store June 7 without paying for the hair-care products concealed in the woman's purse.

A security officer watched as the 27-year-old Buckley woman picked up three jars of hair product at about 1:25 p.m. She met up with the 25-year-old Kent man in the pharmacy department and walked together to intimate apparel.

There, the woman held open her purse, while the man concealed the products inside. They then walked from the store.

A security officer attempted to stop the two, but the couple just kept walking. He grabbed the woman's arm and the Kent man stepped in between the officer and the woman. The man grabbed the officer's neck and the woman hit him in the face and neck.

She didn't let go of the purse.

A third security officer then grabbed the Kent man, who said he had a knife. Two security officers subdued the man, with one placing him in a bear hug. The third officer placed the woman in a bear hug after she dropped the purse.

A three-inch knife and a knife on a key ring was found on the man by police officers.

The two were booked into the King County Jail for investigation of felony first-degree robbery.

Man harassing kids, not vice versa

Upon further investigation, it turned out a man was harassing  a bunch of young kids the night of June 7, not vice versa as he told a Renton Police officer.

The 58-year-old Renton man told an officer he was walking in the 2800 block of Northeast Sunset Boulevard at about 10:15 p.m. when some kids about 11 to 13 years old called him a "crackhead."

He responded by saying the kids must not have much respect for their fathers. He said the kids threw rocks at him.

He told officers the kids ran toward a nearby apartment but only a couple and their infant lived there. The man was intoxicated and angry he couldn't go with the officer to the apartment.

The manager of a nearby business told the officer the kids didn't say anything to him, but the man was harassing them. He was trespassed from a nearby restaurant and cited for shoplifting from another business.

Poodle bites girl, owner ends up in jail

Here's proof that dogs are not always man's – or woman's – best friend.

A woman sunbathing at the Cedar River beach at the Renton Community Center flagged down an officer June 5 to report that her small white poodle apparently had bitten a 7-year-old girl.

She awoke to find the poodle standing between her and the girl, which the officer suspected was a defensive position. The dog was supposed to have been secured by her step-son away from the beach.

The officer didn't see any broken skin, but there was slight swelling in an oval pattern about the size of the dog's upper front teeth. And below were two indents consistent with lower canine teeth.

The officer found the dog with the step-son in the car; the dog showed no aggression. The officer decided the dog was protecting its owner.

However, in checking on the woman's identification, the officer, who was investigating a leash-law violation, discovered she had several arrest warrants. She was taken to the regional jail, SCORE, for booking.

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