Vehicle prowler tracked into homeless camp | POLICE BLOTTER

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

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

A 37-year-old Covington man who apparently just tried to break into a car April 24 was tracked through tall grass by a Renton Police officer to a homeless camp in the trees near Powell Avenue Southwest.

As the officer walked through the camp, he heard the victim yelling that the suspect was on the railroad tracks, cutting through warehouses.

The officer gave chase, updating dispatch with his location. He caught up with the man at about 12:45 p.m. trying to hide in some blackberry bushes between Southwest Seventh Street and Southwest 10th Street.

The victim positively identified the suspect, who has a state Department of Corrections history.

He was booked into the SCORE regional jail for investigation of third-degree malicious mischief and obstructing a public servant.

MET IN COURT: A 22-year-old woman was with a man she had met on the job when a Renton Police officer walked up to their car at a church parking lot.

The church on Southwest Langston Road has had difficulties with trespassers.

The officer asked for IDs. The man didn’t have any ID but he offered his name – the correct one. A felony warrant for his arrest was confirmed and he was arrested.

Then, as they talked, the officers learned the woman was an intern at the Regional Justice Center in Kent. They had met as a result of a court hearing.

This was their first date.

HELP MY DOG!: A frantic 31-year-old Seattle man called 911 April 24 after he accidentally locked his sick dog and his keys inside his vehicle outside his veterinarian’s office on Lind Avenue Southwest.

He has just rushed his dog Charlie there, who had been struggling with his breathing. Sometimes a tow company will unlock a car if a child’s inside, but in this case the company declined to respond. Another police officer was on the way to help.

Rather than wait, Charlie’s owner asked the officer to break out the wing window so he could get Charlie out. The officer did so with a spring-loaded center punch.

And Charlie was taken into the hospital.

OBSCENITIES, SPIT: Obscenities and spit flowed as two women drove south on Rainier Avenue and onto SR 167 April 22 following an argument in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Renton.

The two women, the suspect, a 34-year-old Federal Way woman, and a 36-year-old Kent woman, rolled down their windows. The Kent woman used and obscene gesture and the suspect spit in her face.

They wove in and out of traffic on SR 167, until they exited onto Willis Street in downtown Kent. The suspect offered to fight the victim, who declined, then grabbed her by the wrist and said she would kill her if she continued to follow.

Police tracked down the suspect through a rental-car company. The suspect didn’t return an officer’s initial phone calls. She was cited with fourth-degree assault for spitting in the woman’s face.

RETRIBUTION: The 22-year-old Renton man readily admitted he punctured a tire on a truck April 21 in the parking lot of Renton Center, but he had a reason why.

The vehicle’s owner almost hit him as he was walking to get his haircut, then yelled an obscenity at him. The haircut took about 10 minutes and afterward, he punctured the tire as retribution.

An officer traced him through his vehicle license plate to his home in Rolling Hills. Visibly upset, the suspect said he didn’t think what he did was a crime and would pay for the damages. “I can’t go to jail,” he said.

But the victim wanted to press charges. The suspect was cited for third-degree malicious mischief. Damage to the new tire was less than $1,000.