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Spray paint lands felon in jail | POLICE BLOTTER
The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
The convicted felon drew attention to himself when he switched the price tags from cheap spray paint to expensive spray paint Feb. 15 at Walmart on Rainier Avenue.
In doing so, he saved himself about $9 at the self-checkout aisle. Store security was also watching him.
But it wasn't the cheap paint that really got him into trouble
Still under surveillance, he walked to McDonald's, where a police officer told him he was being detained for stealing the paint. He resisted but two officers managed to push him to the counter at the fast-food restaurant.
After the 34-year-old Tukwila man was arrested, the officers searched him. They found:
• A .25 caliber auto Beretta (serial number obliterated) handgun in his jacket pocket, with a round in the chamber and eight in the clip.
• A knife he used to cut open packaging.
• Several small plastic bags and small squares of foil. One bag contained a black-tar substance and two others a crystal-like substance. Experience told the officer the substances were heroin and methamphetamine, confirmed by field tests.
• Two plastic bags containing pills for which he didn't have a prescription.
• Stolen credit cards
He was arrested for illegal possession of a firearm and for possession of drugs – and for third-degree theft for taking the spray paint
The spray paint cost him $8.06. But Walmart refunded the man the $8.06 after getting its spray paint back.
He was booked into the SCORE regional jail.
Renton police dog hurt in line of duty
Renton Police K9 officer Fedor was injured when apprehending a suspect who was running from a stolen car Feb. 15 in southwest Renton.
The Honda was stolen in Kent and was leading officers on a pursuit in Kent, Tukwila and Renton at about 10:30 p.m. A Renton Police officer spotted the stolen car on Oakesdale Avenue.
The K9 unit began its track after the Honda ran into a tree on Southwest Grady Way.
After a chase, Fedor grabbed the man by the jeans, pulling them down his legs. However, he wouldn't release the bite when commanded. The officer then noticed that Fedor had been punched or kicked in the right eye, which was bleeding heavily. He has returned to duty.
The suspect wouldn't answer whether he had hit or kicked Fedor. He told the officer Fedor only bit him on the jeans, but the officer later found bruising and scratches on his thigh.
The 25-year-old Seattle man was treated by medics; the Kent Police Department took over the investigation.
Renton man shot with pellet gun
A 54-year-old Renton walking on Wells Avenue to Sam's Club Feb. 14 to buy diapers was shot in his left calf by a pellet gun.
He heard a "pop," then felt his pants move.
He walked past Sam's Club to the Police Department at Renton City Hall next door, where he was cared for by a records specialist, then an officer before medics arrived.
Officers blocked off Wells Avenue at just after 1:30 p.m. to look for shell casings and blood, but nothing was found. An X-ray at Valley Medical Center revealed the pellet, which wasn't removed.
Blood didn't spill out of the wound until he reached City Hall because it needed time to pool in the wound track.
He knows of no one who would want to shoot him. His girlfriend confirmed he was going to Sam's Club to buy diapers for a child in the house.
Teen, man get into bloody fight
A 16-year-old boy and a 30-year-old Renton man went their separate ways after getting into a bloody fight at noon Feb. 14 at the Renton Transit Center downtown.
The fight drew the attention of two plain-clothes Renton Police officers who were inside the office of the Special Enforcement Team at the transit center.
The older man was bleeding profusely from an ear. Because they were in plain clothes, the officers didn't have handcuffs or anything else to restrain the teen. One officer retrieved handcuffs from the office, while the other kept the teen under control.
The two officers determined the older man said something to the teen that sparked the fight. Neither wanted to press charges. The older man was taken to Valley Medical Center; the teen was taken home after his probation officer was contacted.