The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department case reports.
Two employees at King County Dispatch Center received bomb threat calls from a male suspect Sept 21. One call came in at 6:08 a.m. and another at 6:09 a.m. There was no phone number attached to the call because the suspect called the non-emergency line.
According to one of the employees, the suspect swore and ranted about the “people in Seattle” and how they wronged him years ago. He requested to speak to an officer, but when the dispatcher asked further questions about why he was calling, the suspect got very upset and told the employee to kill herself. When she attempted to end the call, the suspect yelled “there is a bomb” five times. The call was then disconnected.
According to the other employee who received the call, the suspect yelled profanity and said there was a bomb at the dispatcher’s location, under her seat. He then told her to kill herself before the call was disconnected.
The dispatch center evacuated as a precaution. After reviewing the threat further, it was determined that the threat was not legitimate.
Similar calls were made one day prior but were not reported since the suspect did not make bomb threats in those calls.
Police are reviewing all the recorded calls. There is no further suspect information.
An exercise in burglary: An employee at LA Fitness at The Landing called the police Sept. 20 to report a 20-year-old male who was detained for stealing items out of men’s and women’s locker rooms.
A male victim said that when he returned to the locker room after working out, he noticed his shoes were missing. A witness said he saw the suspect walking out of the locker room with his shoes. The gym staff was able to catch and detain the suspect, and the victim was able to retrieve his shoes.
Police found an iPhone 6s in the suspect’s possession as well. The suspect said the phone belonged to him, but he didn’t know the passcode to unlock the phone. He said the phone number had a 253 area code, but police was able to confirm that the number was a 425 area code.
A female victim came to the front desk and said the phone belonged to her. She was able to give the correct phone number and passcode to unlock the phone. She said she placed her phone in her purse inside a locker.
The suspect was booked into the SCORE jail for Possession of Stolen Property in the third degree.
Strange encounters: A 59-year-old man noticed a white male, approximately 30 or 40 years old, “eyeballing” a teenage girl at the Metro Park and Ride bus station on the 200 block of South Seventh Street. The suspect flashed a bag of marijuana at her, but then noticed that he was being watched.
He walked up to the man and said he had multiple sclerosis, to which the man replied he was sorry to hear that. The suspect said, “F@#$ you,” and spat in his face. The victim admitted he almost punched the suspect then, but restrained himself because of the young girl. The suspect took off running. The victim chased after the suspect, but lost sight of him.
According to the victim, the suspect seemed to be under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. There is no further information at this time.
Shoplifting for children: Two female suspects were detained at a Wal-Mart for shoplifting Sept. 21.
A security personnel observed one suspect place two packages of socks in the cart, and one package in her large purse. He later saw that neither of the packages were in the cart.
He also noticed that the other suspect would put items in the cart, and it would later disappear. The suspects went through the self-checkout lanes and paid for their groceries, but not the items in their purses.
He approached them and asked them to empty the contents they had put in their purses. They produced socks and some T-shirts. One suspect had items with an estimated value of $11.96. The other victim had items with an estimated value of $56.84.
When police arrived, both suspects admitted to stealing the items for their children. One suspect said she was a single mother on welfare and didn’t have enough money for the socks. The other suspect said she had several children, including a 2-year-old, and she needed clothing for them.
They were informed that charges would be filed and were then released from the scene.
Stolen music: A victim contacted police to report a residential burglary that occurred Sept. 20 at the 2000 block of Benson Road South. According to the victim, his garage door was opened and three large speakers, a mixer, a laptop, a projector, a subwoofer and a dhol instrument — an estimated value of $5300 — were stolen.
There was no damage to the garage door. Since the garage door was made out of wood, it could not be tested for finger prints. There is no suspect information at the time.