Man surrenders peacefully after hiding in port-a-potty

The Renton officer approached the port-a-potty with caution, not knowing whether the man inside was armed.

Minutes before, officers were told, the man hit his former wife in the face while they argued on South Third Street early in the afternoon on Feb. 16.

The Marysville woman called 911 to report the assault; the Seattle man also called 911 to report he didn’t hit her but she hit him. He has a no-contact order to stay away from her.

He wouldn’t divulge his location but the 911 dispatcher traced the man’s cell phone to a port-a-potty at 107 Main Ave. S., according to the Renton Police Department case report.

A responding officer heard the man’s voice inside; apparently he was talking on the phone. He couldn’t see the man nor did he know whether he was armed. And he was alone.

He positioned himself about 10 feet from the port-a-potty door and drew his handgun at a low ready. The man was obviously trying to hide from officers: he had just committed a violent crime and there was a warrant for his arrest, according to the report.

The suspect followed the officer’s commands to slowly open the port-a-potty’s door and show his raised hands. The officer holstered his weapon, but got out his Taser, which he kept at the ready.

He sensed the man was about ready to run, so he again ordered him to the ground. He flicked on his Taser and pointed the aiming laser at the man’s feet.

The man sat down. He was read his rights and answered questions in a continuous angry rant. He said his ex-wife was purposefully following him around so he would violate the no-contact order. He admitted to punching her.

Officers spoke with the woman, observing swelling under her eye and a raised bump on her face.

The 33-year-old Seattle man was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of felony violation of a no-contact order and for fourth-degree assault.

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