Family of four injured in two-vehicle collision | POLICE BLOTTER

The following was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports and press releases.

A family of four received serious injuries on May 25 when their Toyota Rav4 and a Ford Fusion collided on 116th Avenue Southeast, according to the Renton Police Department.

The driver of the Ford fled the scene on foot but was found about 35 minutes later by a K9 unit several blocks away.

The accident occurred at about 5 p.m. in the 17700 block of 116th Avenue Southeast. The Ford was northbound when it crossed the centerline and collided with the Toyota, which had moved to the shoulder in an attempt to avoid the Ford, according to police.

Fire and Emergency Services personnel extracted and treated the family.

All four occupants of the Rav4 were taken to Valley Medical Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the Ford Fusion was booked into King County Jail.

Seattle man stabbed

A 25-year-old Seattle woman was arrested May 25 in the stabbing of a 30-year-old Renton man who suffered a deep wound to his stomach, according to the Renton Police Department.

Officers found the stabbing victim at about 1:45 a.m. at a gas station in the 200 block of Rainier Avenue North. He told officers he drove there after being stabbed in a parking lot a few blocks away.

He was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for surgery.

At about 2 a.m. officers contacted the Seattle woman; evidence connected her to the stabbing. She was booked for investigation of first-degree assault.

Officers indicated they believe the assault was not random and they are not look for other suspects. Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Renton Police Department at 425-430-7500 and refer to case 2014-5790.

Savings lost to scammers

A Mr. Jones called the Renton woman May 15 to let her know she had won money from the Publishers Clearing House.

And he also warned her of a scam that someone posing as an employee of the direct marketer was contacting winners.

About an hour later a Mr. Whiteside called with news that she had won $25,000 and would get an additional $11,000 if she paid the taxes first.

She called Mr. Jones back, who advised her Mr. Whiteside was legitimate.

She then called Mr. Whiteside to let him know she wanted the bonus money. All she had to do was wire $1,600 for the taxes to a Ms. Williams in Jamaica. She did but the bonus money never showed up.

She called Mr. Whiteside, who said the taxes were more than he expected and she needed to wire $1,500 more to Ms. Williams. But after an hour the money was still not in her account.

These instructions continued until the Renton woman had wired an additional $1,625, part to an unknown woman in Indiana and the rest through a Green Dot money order. Mr. Whiteside had told her to rip up receipts.

The $11,000 never showed in her account. She was desperate to get the money because she had used up all her savings, $4,725. Mr. Whiteside called her; she told him she was calling the police.

The legitimate Publishers Clearing House website ( warns of the scams, including one that requires payment of taxes or that requires sending money through Green Dot MoneyPak, which is a legitimate company.

Dog bites 2-year-old

A 2-year-old girl was bitten by a Chihuahua May 13 as she played with her sister in the yard.

As the two girls were playing, two Chihuahuas ran toward them, lunging and showing their teeth. The 2-year-old was bitten on the thigh.

The dogs were driven away; the victim was treated at an urgent-care facility. The two dogs were tracked to the owner’s home, based on earlier reports of aggressive dogs. The owner was asked to contact Animal Control.

Watermelons smashed

Seventeen watermelons, valued at nearly $70, were punched and destroyed by a man May 18 at a grocery store on Northeast Sunset Boulevard.

He then confronted another man, before leaving the store. The 47-year-old suspect is known to officers.

My aunt made me do it

Wal-Mart store security watched May 14 as two women selected large amounts of women’s clothing; one woman walked to cosmetics and loaded all the clothing into shopping bags and walked from the store on Rainier Avenue.

She was stopped and admitted she intended to steal the merchandise, worth about $384. The idea to shoplift the clothes was her aunt’s, the other woman.

Store security didn’t see the aunt steal anything; she had left the store before suspect walked out with the clothing.

The 20-year-old SeaTac woman was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of third-degree theft.

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