Crime/Vandalism

A suspect in the ‘Polite Robber’ case was arrested Monday afternoon, Feb. 7, by King County Sheriff's detectives and a SWAT Team.
He was taken into custody without incident about 2 p.m.
The arrest took place at a residence in the Top Hat neighborhood of North Highline where the man was living. The location is not far from the Shell Station at 2805 S.W. Roxbury St. that he allegedly robbed on Saturday, Feb. 5th about 11:20 a.m. He was carrying what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol during the robbery.
The video of the robbery, complete with sound, was released by the storeowner and has since "gone viral". Local media dubbed the robber ‘The Polite Robber.” The suspect was quickly identified from tips.
The man arrested is a convicted felon, including convictions for forgery and armed robbery. He is 65 years old.

02/07/2011

King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg will deliver a talk entitled “CSI: King County: "How prosecutors use forensic science tools to find the truth and convict the guilty" on Thursday, Jan. 6 to members of the Burien/White Center Rotary.
According to Satterberg’s office, prosecutors use many types of evidence to prove their cases in court. Often times the most powerful evidence comes from science. Satterberg will discuss the many ways in which forensic evidence leads to the finding of truth in the courtroom in King County.
Satterberg, a Normandy Park resident, will be speaking at Angelo's Italian Restaurant in Burien at noon. Angelo's is located at 601 SW 153rd Street, Burien.

01/05/2011

Burien resident Kathie White reported her 2002 Chevrolet Camaro stolen at the beginning of September. Police soon recovered the car and instead of returning it to White took it to impound.
Four months later White still does not have her car back and the person whose house it was recovered at has not been charged.
While ownership of the car is pretty clear to White, it is not as clear to the state Department of Licensing or the prosecutor.
While White has the original title to the car, the person whose house the police picked the car up at also has a title for the car in her name, supposedly transferred to her from White.
White suffers from lupus and was in the hospital for a couple of weeks during August. The woman who White believes stole the car used to work with White and knew when White was going to be in the hospital.
It is during her stay at the hospital White believes an old title was stolen from her house and used to transfer the title fraudulently.
The licensing department has cancelled the title, but says they cannot release the car without an order from a judge.

12/31/2010

Detectives from the King County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Squad have arrested a 46 year-old man as the suspect in a homicide that occurred 27 years ago.
The homicide occurred in a motel room at the Motel 6, 18900 47th Ave South, SeaTac.
John Wayne Folds was arrested without incident about 7 a.m. (Pacific time) Tuesay. Dec.14 in Florida, with the assistance of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. He was booked into jail on a Washington arrest warrant for Murder in the 2nd Degree, pending extradition.
Folds has been charged in the case by the Prosecutor's Office, and the bail on his arrest warrant is set at $1,000,000.
The case was solved as a result of recent DNA work by the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab. Folds' DNA was found at the scene of the homicide.
The body of Frank T. Kuony, Jr. was found by a maid on February 15, 1983. He had been stabbed multiple times. He was 36 years old at the time of his death.
An investigation by the Sheriff's Office determined Kuony was a resident of San Francisco, and had flown to Seattle overnight to set up a display at a gift show.

12/14/2010

8 p.m. on Dec 6. 400 block of N 36TH ST

On 10:30 p.m an officer responded to a robbery call in Fremont at a medicinal marijuana dispensary. The surveillance cameras and the on-duty clerk revealed that the robbery occurred nearly two hours prior to the officer’s arrival and the suspects had left the scene.
The clerk said that two male suspects had entered the dispensary and asked to see some product. The clerk showed the suspects several different types of marijuana. They expressed interest and said they would be back after visiting an ATM for cash. The dispensary was very busy with several customers in the waiting area.
At 8 p.m. the men returned but this time they were the only people in the waiting room. Again, they asked if they could buy some marijuana. After viewing several products over several minutes, the clerk turned to the store room to retrieve marijuana for the

12/11/2010
Police Blotter: Robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary; several businesses burglarized


Between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Nov 13. 5200 block of Russell Ave N.W.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a woman and her boyfriend heard their roommate stumbling in after a night at the bar, followed by the strumming of a guitar.
Half an hour later the woman got up to use the bathroom and found the apartment door standing wide open. Her laptop and accessories were missing and so was the guitar.
She woke up her boyfriend and together they attempted to wake up the now-sleeping intoxicated roommate. In his defense, the intoxicated roommate said he was “pretty sure” he had shut and locked the door before passing out.
Police found no obvious damage to the door or frame.
The boyfriend told the officer that the intoxicated roommate was likely involved in the theft because the previous night the boyfriend had called the police on said roommate after he had come home drunk with an unknown female and tried to pick a fight with the boyfriend.
The police did not attempt to question the roommate due to his intoxicated
state and suggested they would let the roommate “sleep it off" and talk to him in the
morning.

11/17/2010
Police Blotter: Choose your roommates wisely

2 a.m. Nov. 5, 8500 Block of 15th Ave. N.W.

An act of generosity may have lead to violence after a night of drinking and karaoke at Goofy's Sports Bar when "Tom" bought drinks for a handful of who he said were bar regulars, unintentionally flashing a wallet containing $1,000 in $100 bills.

Tom left the bar at closing time and was heading north on 15th Avenue Northwest when he was pushed down by one of the suspects, who Tom told police worked at the bar. The man demanded money and took Tom's wallet and shirt, which were later recovered in the parking lot empty of cash and ripped, respectively.

A getaway vehicle for the suspect, as well as the rest of the group Tom had bought drinks for, was driven by a female with brown hair. Tom said the vehicle returned several times while he waited for police.

"The bartender knows them," Tom repeatedly told police about the suspects.

4 p.m. Nov. 5 – 6:45 p.m. Nov. 8, 2300 Block of N.W. 67th St.

11/12/2010
Police Blotter: No good deed goes unpunished

1:48 a.m. Oct. 31, 300 Block of N. 36th St.

Police found themselves in hot pursuit of a man dressed as a dog early Halloween morning after an officer was flagged down in Fremont and told, "This guy just assaulted my friend. He went that way."

After following a chain of witnesses southbound on Phinney Avenue North, police found the suspect in a brown dog costume. His speech was slurred, his eyes were red and watery, and he seemed very intoxicated, according to the police report.

Fido told officers that a man had cut in front of him in the line to get into LTD Bar & Grill, called his girlfriend fat and threw a pitcher of beer on him. After those offenses, Fido punched the other man. The suspect agreed with police that it was strange for the man to have a pitcher of beer to throw while waiting in line to get into the bar.

The victim of the paw to the face, who had blood coming out of his nose and a possible jaw fracture, told police the fight happened inside the bar. Other witnesses confirmed that fact.

11/05/2010
Police Blotter: On Halloween, Fremont goes to the dogs

10 a.m. Oct. 7, reported Oct. 26, 5300 Block of Tallman Ave. N.W.

While working on the fourth floor in the south wing of Swedish Medical Center, "Chad" was asked to assist with "Jim," a very large individual who was admitted to the hospital for alcohol withdrawals and was fighting to get up from his hospital bed.

Jim, heavily medicated and uncoordinated, forced his way up from the bed and tried to open the room door to leave. Chad, believing Jim would fall and hurt himself due to the medication, tried to bring him back to his bed.

Jim pinned Chad against the wall, grabbed his neck and lifted him off the ground. With his free hand, he attempted to punch Chad in the face, but Chad blocked the blow. Chad was also able to pull the room call switch to signal for assistance.

Jim pushed Chad in the shoulder, separating Chad's clavicle from his chest bone, though he did not feel the pain immediately because of the adrenaline rush.

Staff entered the room and restrained Jim on his bed.

Chad said he waited nearly three weeks to report the incident because he was not aware he could call the police for the matter.

10/29/2010
Police Blotter: Assault at Swedish Medical Center

With the one-year anniversary of the Oct. 23 arson that scorched the Taproot Theatre Company and destroyed four other business approaching, Taproot's leadership, board and staff are renewing their commitment to Greenwood and commemorating those affected and devastated by the string of arsons in 2009.

“We planted our roots solidly in Greenwood when we bought the early-1900s theatre 22 years," Scott Nolte, Taproot artistic director, said in a Taproot press release. "We love the vibrancy and creativity that surround us everywhere. We want the neighborhood to know that we’re here to stay, that this is where we want to be.”

Production manager Mark Lund echoed Nolte’s sentiment.

“Taproot seems as much a part of Greenwood as Greenwood seems a part of Taproot,” he said in the press release. “I’ve spent the past 19 years of my career working at Taproot and can say with confidence that the positive changes I’ve witnessed here in Greenwood over the years are at least partly due to Taproot’s presence in the neighborhood.”

10/15/2010
1 year after Greenwood arsons, Taproot Theatre looks back
Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

One year ago, a string of arsons in Greenwood damaged or destroyed more than a dozen homes and businesses, including four in the Eleanor Roosevelt Building (seen here), which houses Taproot Theatre. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

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