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Boyfriend pistol whips woman, now facing assault charges | POLICE BLOTTER

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

A Renton woman was pistol-whipped by her boyfriend of two months Feb. 2 when she wouldn’t let him use her car.

The 28-year-old Kent man had come into her room, punched her in the head, pointed a silver handgun at her and then hit her with it. He then left with her car. She didn’t report the incident because she wanted her car back. He returned the next day and apologized.

They argued again and the man took the car keys but not the car.

At about 3 a.m. Feb. 7, she heard a loud crash. The boyfriend had kicked in the front door. A man and woman were with him. He took his belongings and fled in a Mercedes Benz that had been sitting in a neighbor’s driveway.

Fearing for her safety, the now ex-girlfriend reported the pistol-whipping. The injuries were probable cause to charge the boyfriend with second-degree assault.

An officer pursued the Mercedes on Blaine Avenue N.E.

The female driver pulled over but did a U-turn as the officer was getting out of her cruiser. The officer pointed her spotlight, got a good look at the driver and yelled, “What are you doing?”

The chase resumed. The Mercedes stopped in front of the ex-girlfriend’s house and a man got out and jumped a fence. The officer didn’t pursue him farther.

Another officer couldn’t catch up with a Mercedes that was fleeing southbound on Interstate 405.

Kent Police officers assisted in trying to locate the female driver and the ex-boyfriend. The vehicle was found at a Kent apartment, but no one answered the door; the apartment’s lights were on. Citations for the female driver were forwarded to the Renton city prosecutor.

Renton woman bilked of $1,700

Four women driving in a minivan asked the 45-year-old Renton woman where the action is in Renton.

She said she was headed for a karaoke bar. It was about 11 p.m. Feb. 6 and she told officers she was drunk. The minivan’s driver offered her a ride.

One of the women needed cash but had forgotten her debit card. She told the Renton woman she would write her a check if she would use her debit card to withdraw cash for her. She agreed.

As the Renton woman entered her card information, the woman stepped in front of her, entered $1,700 and then deposited the check. Twice the Renton woman withdrew $500, which put her at her limit.

By now, the tone of the four women had changed. They took the Renton woman to a casino and ordered her to take a cash advance on her credit card. She went to the restroom, hoping to call 911 or a friend. One of the women waited for her outside the stall.

They went to Safeway to get the remaining $200, but she only got $20. Still needing $180, they went to another casino, where the Renton woman took out a cash advance on her credit card.

They then dropped her off at the karaoke bar.

The check was written for $700. There were no current records for the names on the check.

Seahawk draws parking warning

A Seahawks defensive tackle was warned for parking complaints regarding a Cadillac Escalade parked at an apartment complex on Lake Washington Boulevard.

Police had received numerous complaints about the Escalade, which was parked in no-parking zones, fire lanes and handicap zones.

The car’s tabs led to an auto dealership in Sumner. The license plates were no longer in the dealership’s database; a manager asked that officers remove the plates if they found it parked illegally.

An officer was removing the plates at about 10 p.m. on Feb. 5, when the Seahawks player walked out. He’d used the car for several months as a promotion offered by the dealership until the season ended.

He was headed back to the East Coast the next day.

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