Woman dragged after purse snatched | POLICE BLOTTER

The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports:

A 40-year-old woman was dragged a short distance in the Walmart parking lot on Rainier Avenue Oct. 14 while trying to retrieve her purse from a fleeing car.

The victim was approached by a thin man in his 20s wearing skinny jeans who asked to use her cell phone. She handed him her phone and continued putting away her merchandise into her car.

Suddenly, he grabbed her purse from the shopping cart, keeping her phone, and ran to a waiting silver car. The victim ran to the passenger door and shoved her hands into the car.

The car took off, with the victim hanging on to the passenger door until she fell off. She was treated at the scene for multiple abrasions and taken to Valley Medical Center

The getaway car, a Mazda MX3 with a spoiler,  was caught on video by the video camera mounted on a Renton police cruiser. The officer was at Walmart investigating a shoplifting.

The video caught the fleeing car's license-plate number and with effort to clear up the blurriness, officers expected to get a readable plate number.

Detectives are investigating the incident as first-degree robbery because of the injuries the woman suffered.

Man takes loaded gun to look for wife

Worried about his wife, a Maple Valley man walked up the front door of a house on Southwest Langston Road on Oct. 19, with a handgun in its holster.

The man told officers he hadn't heard from his wife for three or four hours. The man who answered the door told him his wife was too drunk to talk and closed the door. The husband saw his wife dragged into a bathroom and knocked really hard again. The man inside opened the door and took stepped toward the husband, who told him "easy, I have a gun on me and I don't want to hurt you. Go get my wife."

He told officers he never removed the handgun from its holster.

The man inside told officers he ordered everyone to lock themselves in the bathroom after that initial knock. He then armed himself with a handgun. He opened the door the second time and told the husband he needed to come back. Instead, he told officers, the husband pulled the handgun from its holster and racked the slide, a round falling to the front porch.

"That is how you know the gun is loaded," the husband told him. An officer tried to determine whether the man inside feared for his life, determining he wasn't fearful.

Officers eventually learned the woman hours earlier had asked her husband for a divorce.

Officers couldn't determine which man's story was more credible. The case was referred to Renton prosecutors for review.

Renton man punched at random

A 26-year-old Renton man was punched twice in the face at about 10 p.m. Oct. 23 as we walked across Williams Avenue downtown from a pub.

The suspect simply walked up to him and threw the punches, knocking him to the ground, then got into a gray SUV. The victim doesn't know his assailant nor why he would punch him.

Officers searched the area for the suspect.

No, seriously; Quiet down.

Two tenants heard the officer's admonishment to quiet down but apparently it didn't sink in.

The officer warned the tenants of the two apartments on South Puget Drive the evening of Oct. 20 that neighbors were complaining about excessive noise.

Another complaint and they would get a citation. Thirty minutes later, the officer returned after another call to 911.

The officer parked about 1,000 feet away and could clearly hear loud voices, yelling and laughing from both units. In one males were wrestling and banging into walls.

The tenants were cited with breach of peace. The caller, who needed her sleep so she could go to work, doesn't even live in the same building.

Neighbor punches man for "acting suspiciously"

A man riding his bike with his kids in a closed park on Kirkland Avenue Northeast Oct. 20  was struck in the face by a neighbor who thought he was acting suspiciously.

The victim asked the suspect to leave him alone because he was scaring his kids.

The suspect told police the victim threatened him with death, that's why he hit him in the face. The officer could smell a strong odor of alcohol as the 55-year-old suspect talked. He was cited for fourth-degree assault and released.

Search and rescue gear stolen

About $2,000 worth of gear  – and two King County search and rescue IDs – was stolen from a pickup truck Oct. 15 on Redmond Avenue Northeast.

The thief likely unlocked the truck's door by slipping a tool into the weather seal to reach the lock.

Most of stolen items, typically used in search-and-rescue operations, were in a black duffle bag, which was discovered in bushes across the street.

Employees fight in bathroom

Two employees of an auto dealership on Rainier Avenue South got into a fight in the men's restroom Oct. 22 that left one bleeding from the head.

The general manager heard the ruckus and found one employee with his coat over his head and the other employee punching him in the face. The manager broke up the fight; blood was on the floor and wall.

The employee with the head wound didn't have any injuries to his hand, which would indicate he didn't punch someone or something hard.

The other employee told officers he had talked to the manager about a hostile work environment he said was partially created by the man he hit. He confronted the man and dodged a blow from him. He then hit the injured employee about eight times.

Since it wasn't clear who started the fight, the case was sent to the Renton prosecutor for review.



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