Agitated shoplifter rams Fred Meyer manager with cart | POLICE BLOTTER (part 1)

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

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

A 44-year-old man, wearing a stolen pair of work boots, rammed an assistant manager at Fred Meyer on Rainier Avenue Nov. 17 with shopping cart filled with liquor and wine he was trying to steal.

Store employees had already been following the man through the store at about 7:30 a.m. as he grabbed a Seahawks jersey, exchanged his own shoes for work boots, piled clothing on the floor and became aggressive.

A manager asked him to leave but instead he went to the liquor and wine aisles, where he either broke the bottles or threw them into a shopping cart. Damage was estimated at about $1,000.

He then headed for the door, where an assistant manager told him to stop. Instead, he rammed the cart into the manager’s midsection three or four times.

He left the cart behind and ran across Rainier Avenue toward McLendon and into the lobby area. He held his coat in front of him as protection against the officer’s Tazer. Then he surrendered.

The SCORE regional jail wouldn’t accept him because of pre-existing injuries, apparently suffered while tried to buy some methamphetamine. He also had an incision performed at Harborview, where he was treated for inserting a dirty needle into his arm.

He was then returned to SCORE after he was treated at Valley Medical Center and booked for investigation of first-degree robbery and other charges

SAY NO TO STRANGERS: A Renton woman learned the hard way that it is risky to let strangers stay at her home.

The woman met a young couple through a mutual friend and allowed them to stay with her. But she became suspicious when she noticed expensive jewelry and some nostalgic postcards were missing.

She also learned that the couple had stayed in Yakima and Newcastle with other mutual friends, who reported missing items as well.

The friends went to Yakima, where they discovered some of their stolen items at a home where the couple had stayed. They weren’t there.

The investigating Renton Police officer warned the victim that in the future, it may not be in her best interest to allow strangers to stay with her. She has reported other thefts after others have stayed with her.

HELMET NO, WARRANT YES: After his arrest a Lake Stevens man told a Renton Police officer Nov. 18 that he would “never shoot a cop” but he was sick of “surrendering.”

The 35-year-old was stopped at about 11:30 p.m. near South Second and Burnett Avenue after an officer spotted him riding his bike without a helmet.

He became agitated when the officer asked for his name. He told the officer he was “pulled up” because he’s black.

A records check showed he was wanted on a felony warrant from the state Department of Corrections for escaping from community custody. A search found razor blades and a piece of wood fashioned into a knife.

He was booked into SCORE regional jail.

NO DRINKING AT TRANSIT CENTER: The Renton officer wasn’t sure what the familiar drunk man meant when he said he was going to “Alpha David” him, but he took it as a personal threat.

The officer was responding at about 12:30 p.m. Nov. 18 to a man passing out at the downtown transit center.

The 24-year-old West Hill man started pouring out his 24-ounce can of Steel Reserve beer when he saw the officer approaching.

He was arrested. “For what?” he said. “I was just drinking a beer.”

He then swore at the officer.

He was booked into SCORE regional jail for investigation of unlawful transit conduct.

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