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Chinese pilot assaulted while in Renton to get jet | POLICE BLOTTER
The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
Two pilots from China who were in Renton to fly a Boeing jet back to their country were robbed at gunpoint Sept. 26 on East Valley Road.
The two were walking back to their hotel at about 2 a.m. from the Silver Dollar casino when three men in their teens asked them for a cigarette and then demanded money.
One victim fled and called 911 from the hotel. But the three caught up with the other pilot and knocked him to the ground, hitting him in the head with a handgun. His wallet containing two $100 bills was stolen, but his passport was thrown to the ground.
A K-9 track was conducted but didn’t find the suspects. The victim returned later and found his wallet and the cash missing.
Officers found the tip of an airsoft or pellet gun pistol used in the assault.
Police pursuit on I-405 reaches 140 mph
A Renton Police officer pursued a stolen car at about 11:30 p.m. Sept. 18 from the Highlands and onto southbound Interstate 405 at speeds reaching 140 mph.
The fleeing car, a green Ford Mustang, had been reported stolen the day before by a Redmond man.
The pursuit began after the Mustang approached a four-way stop at Northeast Fourth Street and Edmonds Avenue Northeast, where the officer was waiting to proceed.
Given the Ford’s speed, the officer knew it couldn’t stop. The Ford didn’t stop and the officer did a U-turn in order to issue the driver a citation. A records check showed the Mustang was stolen.
The officer pursued the Ford through Brighton Ridge apartment complex and eventually west down the hill on Northeast Third Street at about 85 mph.
The roadways were bare and the traffic was light.
The driver entered the freeway from Sunset Boulevard North.
Traffic was light and the chase reached speeds of about 125 mph. To keep sight of the Mustang, the officer accelerated to about 140 mph.
The officer ended the pursuit when the Mustang reached a more congested stretch of I-405.
The pursuit lasted 2 minutes, 4 seconds, and covered about 3.2 miles.
Man pushes woman to ground, hits her
A 26-year-old Renton woman told an officer she was walking on the sidewalk on Southeast 175th Street Sept. 17 when a man told her to get off his property.
Friends with her walked off and she continued walking to a convenience store. The man struck her from behind, knocked her down and got on top of her, striking her in the face. He then walked off.
The woman had stitches when she reported the incident the next day.
Officers tried to determine the assailant’s identity.
Renton woman changes tags, cited for shoplifting
A 66-year-old Renton woman was cited for shoplifting at the Goodwill store on Sunset Boulevard after she concealed items in bags and switched price tags.
She paid for the items with switched sales tags but not the concealed items. She was detained outside the store.
She admitted to a police officer she had shoplifted at the store previously. She was barred from the store for a year.
Graffiti sprayed on Cedar fish ladder
About a half-dozen teenage boys spray-painted graffiti on a concrete fish ladder on the Cedar River near Shelton Avenue Southeast.
They then fled back across the river and up a steep hill toward the Royal Hills neighborhood, which was searched.