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Downtown bank robbed | POLICE BLOTTER
The following was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
A 26-year-old man, apparently homeless, was apprehended March 22 not far from the Bank of America branch in downtown Renton that had just been robbed of $1,403 in cash.
A bank teller positively identified him as the man who had just handed her a note that read, “I have a gun, please put all your money in the bag, thank you.”
He handed her a plastic bag.
She filled the bag with the cash, along with a GPS tracker. He walked casually from the bank.
He was detained at the intersection of Main Avenue South and South Third Street a short time later. He told officers, “The money’s in my right pocket.”
A crew filming a short movie downtown also captured the man on film walking in the area.
The suspect told an officer he was released from the state correctional facility in Clallam Bay two days earlier.
The man, who was assigned parole office, had cut off his ankle monitor the night before and tossed it into a garbage can in Seattle.
He was booked into the King County Jail in downtown Seattle for felony investigation of armed robbery. Cash totaling $1,398 was booked into evidence.
Student expelled, yells ‘bang bang’
A 13-year-old student under emergency expulsion from a Renton middle school yelled “bang bang” March 25 when a school security officer yelled out to him in the school hall.
The boy told the officer, using a profanity, that he was at the school to get his belongings. The boy went into an in-progress history class to return his book and dumped a school binder into a trash can.
He then left the school. The day before he was reported as a runaway.
The security officer became concerned about the “bang bang” comment when he learned that a relative had once found guns in the home. No guns were found during a search.
There was concern the boy was using and selling drugs, including PCP and marijuana.
Pizza bill paid, but man still goes to jail
A friend paid his $200 bill at a pizza shop at The Landing March 28 so he wouldn’t get jailed for driving off without paying for his pizza.
But the 25-year-old Renton man ended up at the SCORE regional jail anyway after he resisted efforts by a police officer to put handcuffs on him.
An officer had spotted the getaway car, a Mustang, and stopped it on North 10th Place. The officer explained to the driver he looked like the man who didn’t pay for the pizza.
The man’s eyes were bloodshot, his speech was slurred and his breath smelled of alcohol. He told the officer he only had three shots to drink. The officer left to talk with a witness, while a second officer watched over the suspect.
He told a second officer he only had one shot to drink. He kept reaching into dark places around the driver’s seat and fiddling for the keys.
For his own safety, the officer decided to put him in cuffs. But the man tensed and placed his head near the officer’s forehead. The officer locked the cuffs.
But the man tensed again and jerked his head toward the officer’s head. The officer determined he could better control the man if he was on the ground.
The second officer return to help and spotted a pool of blood forming near the suspect’s head. Medics put a bandage on a wound; he didn’t need stitches.
He was booked into SCORE for investigation of obstructing a law-enforcement officer. The pizza shop declined to pursue theft charges after the friend paid the bill.
Kent woman left holding stolen car
A Kent woman was left sitting in a car blocking traffic March 28 on Northeast Third Street while her new ex-boyfriend walked off with a gas can in hand.
The car started rolling backward toward an officer’s patrol car. The officer told her to step on the brake, put the car in park and press the emergency brake, which she did.
Then the 44-year-old lied about her name and lying could get her arrested. She gave another name that checked out.
But the car, a Monte Carlo, was reported stolen in Auburn; it belonged to another ex-boyfriend. They had met up in Auburn, argued over the new ex-boyfriend, and then she drove off in the man’s car.
She was booked into the SCORE regional jail for felony investigation of possession of stolen property. She told the officer she had permission to drive the Monte Carlo.
The new ex-boyfriend ran off when he saw police cars approaching. He wasn’t found.