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Police roust drug user at hotel | POLICE BLOTTER

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

There was a flush of the toilet and the door of a hotel room in downtown Renton opened. The officer saw first-hand what was in photos taken by hotel management: a damaged room and scattered syringes.

The hotel management needed help the afternoon of Feb. 22 to get the tenants inside removed.

As the officer entered, the tenant grabbed two small plastic bags that contained a brown tar-like substance, probably heroin, which he handed to the officer. There were syringes on the floor, butane lighters, a spoon with some of the brown substance and a large glass pipe.

In open view was a plastic bag filled with a white-crystal substance, probably methamphetamine.

The 20-year-old Renton man told officers he “used” earlier in the day.

He was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of drug possession.

The hotel will need to bring in a professional company to decontaminate the room, which will cost thousands of dollars.

Family fights over wheelchair at ER

There was no victim, but officers still needed to ask questions about how a Renton man was pushing the wheelchair into the emergency room at Valley Medical Center.

Police were called to the ER for a report of people fighting in the parking lot on Feb. 22.

A Renton man was bringing his wife to the ER, but the way he was pushing the wheelchair made the woman’s daughter fear for her safety.

The daughter stood in front of the wheelchair and asked to push her mother. He ran the wheelchair into her legs. After a few bumps, she pushed him in the chest, apparently scratching him on the chin.

He didn’t want to press charges, but because domestic violence was involved, the officer needed to investigate. The officer couldn’t determine whether someone was a victim; the case was sent to city prosecutors for review.

Man passed out in car doing donuts

It was 1:25 a.m. on Feb. 23 and the car was doing donuts in a parking lot on Field Avenue Northeast. The engine was revving and smoke was billowing out.

A front tire was off the rim, which was ground up.

The driver-side airbag had deployed and inside, the driver was unconscious but breathing. He smelled of alcohol and vomit. The officer yelled and he woke up. He couldn’t remember how much he had had to drink but admitted to having a drinking problem.

The investigation was turned over to the Washington State Patrol, which was pursuing the man for DUI.

Renton man beaten, wallet stolen

A 65-year-old man walking home on Wells Avenue from his club at about 2 a.m. Feb. 20 was pushed to the ground, hit several times and robbed of his wallet.

He yelled for help, hoping the man would stop beating him and leave. The suspect reached into the victim’s back pocket and grabbed his wallet. The victim tried to get up but was beaten down.

A witness yelled, and the suspect ran off on Wells. A K9 track didn’t find him.

Inside the victim’s wallet were about $40 in cash and his medical benefit cards.

Youngster sprays catering van

Blue paint was sprayed on a catering van, a portable toilet and buildings at the Renton Transit Center Feb. 19, by someone about the age of a second grader.

On the ground next to handicapped parking stall were the letters “DUUB” in blue.

A witness watched as a boy, about 8 years old with a group of other kids about his age, painted the graffiti at about 4:30 p.m.

Damage to the van was estimated at about $1,000.

Piece of chopped car found in city

The rear quarter passenger panel of what was possibly a Lexus 300 or maybe a Toyota was found Feb. 19 in an alley near Graham Avenue Northeast.

The panel had been cut from the car.

Other car parts have been dumped in the same alley in recent weeks.

Investigators were able to find an identification number for a vehicle reported stolen to the Lake Stevens Police Department in January.

The engine to the car was found in Edmonds in early February.

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