Officers provide welfare check on elderly woman | POLICE BLOTTER

The following information was compiled from Renton Police Department’s incident reports.

An officer was dispatched on July 27 to a condo on 119th Lane Southeast after a Valley Medial Center staff requested a welfare check on a woman who was believed to have mini strokes and refused medical treatment.

When the officer arrived on scene, an elderly woman answered the door, stepped out, and the shut the door behind her. She reportedly starting rambling and telling him multiple stories. “Nothing was relevant or made sense as to why she’d be telling me the story,” the report reads. The officer said he let the woman continue for a few minutes to see if she’d start piecing her stories together or ask why the police were knocking on her door, but the woman kept telling him stories.

The officer interrupted and asked her if she knew why he was there, and she responded, “Yes, someone obviously called to check on me,” but then continued telling him another story that was of no relevance.

He asked the woman if he could check her apartment, which she agreed to. The apartment was reportedly very dirty and had household goods piled up on the floor, making it hard to walk in certain areas. Dishes seemed to have been piled up for weeks.

He checked the fridge and found few contents of food, a salad, some cheese and half an apple. He asked the woman if she had eaten anything and she said she had eaten salad.

The officer called the VMC staff member and said the woman was OK but was refusing any treatment. The staff member said she would sometimes go four days without eating. He also said the woman’s mental health was declining the past few weeks.

The officer did not have enough cause to send the woman to the hospital, but instead notified Adult Protective Services about her.

Shots fired: On July 28, an officer who was parked at City Hall reported he heard four to five gunshots coming from the South Fourth Street and Williams Avenue South area.

He was told by dispatch gunshots were heard around South Fourth Street and Burnett Avenue South, as well as around the 500 block of Williams Avenue South.

When the officer was near South Fifth Street and Burnett Avenue South, he flagged down a man who was sitting in the park with his girlfriend. The man said he saw a white sedan stopped at the intersection and fired several shots into the air and said, “Oh, s*it, I’m out of here,” and drove northbound.

Three shell casings were recovered from the intersection.

There is no further information at this time.

Snatch and drag: A woman was shopping on July 27 at Walmart on Rainier Avenue South when she placed her purse in her cart as she loaded her items into her car. As she did, a green minivan pulled up near her and a woman in her mid 30s got out of the van, grabbed the purse and ran back to the vehicle. She told the driver, “Go, go.”

The victim ran after and held onto the vehicle. She was dragged for about 20-25 feet. She was left with holes in her pants and torn socks. The suspects got away with five credit cards, her license, her health insurance card, and her smart phone (estimated value of $200).

There is no further information at this time.

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