Mercer Island police search house, arrest man hiding in shower | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Oct. 15

Arrest: A Mercer Island man, 26, in possession of liquor in a city park was arrested at 3:30 p.m. in the 3200 block of 78th Avenue S.E. The man, who was drinking, had been throwing knives at trees. He was booked into the King County Jail.

Oct. 16

Recovered vehicle: A stolen vehicle was reported at 2:49 p.m. in the parking lot of the Shell Station at 7833 S.E. 28th Street. The car, an Acura Integra, had been parked there for three days and was noticed by employees. It had been stolen out of Seattle, according to a computer check. The dashboard stereo was missing. Superior Towing impounded the car.

Oct. 17

Noise violation: A citation for a noise ordinance violation was given to a Mercer Island woman, 21, after the Mercer Island Police Department received three complaints of a loud party in the 3200 block of 80th Avenue S.E. between 11:22 p.m., Oct. 16, and 12:55 a.m., Oct. 17. Police officers had responded twice to the party and had given a warning each time.

Bike theft: A Mercer Island man, 38, stole a bicycle from the Mercer Island Thrift Store and was arrested at 6:55 p.m. in the 3200 block of 78th Avenue S.E. The bike had been sought after by another man the day before who had been told by employees to return later after the bike had been priced. When he returned, he was informed that the bike was missing. A witness had called 911 to report that she saw the suspect take the bike from the shop. The man later found the bike listed for sale on Craigslist. The MIPD made contact with the suspect under the pretension of wanting to buy the bicycle. The officer, posing as a potential buyer, met with the suspect, who attempted to sell the bike. The suspect was arrested and admitted that he was the thief. He was then processed and released from the MIPD.

Car prowl: An unknown suspect smashed the passenger window of a vehicle parked in the 4300 block of East Mercer Way between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The vehicle, a Mercury Villager, belonged to a 43-year-old Bothell woman. A backpack was stolen, and the thief used the victim’s debit card at a nearby ATM. Damages totaled $100, and the loss of items was $60.

Oct. 18

Malicious Mischief: A Bellevue man reported at 11:38 a.m. that an unknown suspect had driven a vehicle around the soccer field at St. Monica Catholic Church, damaging the grass by performing donuts, in the 4300 block of 88th Avenue S.E. The damages totaled $500.

Hit and Run: A Mercer Island man reported at 1:30 p.m. that his vehicle, a Nissan, was hit by an unknown vehicle. The vehicle had been parked, unoccupied, on the shoulder along 88th Avenue S.E. in the 3900 block. He found the damage on Oct. 17, but did not immediately report it.

Accident: A parked vehicle occupied by a 17-year-old Sammamish girl “lurched forward” and struck the vehicle parked beside it in the lot of 4140 86th Ave. S.E. at 2:45 p.m. The vehicle went over the curb and onto the sidewalk. The girl, who did not have a license, said that she had started the car to listen to music while waiting for her mother to return, and she did not know what caused the car to move forward.

Oct. 19

Accident: A vehicle driven by a Mercer Island woman, 87, struck a car, a lamp post and a tree before coming to a stop against a parked van at 12:28 p.m. The vehicle turned right out of the QFC parking lot, eastbound on S.E. 28th Street, and struck an oncoming car, which swerved but could not avoid the collision. The vehicle then accelerated instead of braking and “turned hard to the right,” drove onto the sidewalk, knocked over a lamp post and hit a tree before striking a van occupied by two Seattle men. The lamp post fell onto a fourth parked, unoccupied vehicle. The woman reported a sore shoulder.

Accident: A Seattle woman, 71, was cited for improperly turning left from the wrong lane at S.E. 27th Street and 78th Avenue S.E. at 3:56 p.m. She signaled her turn and did not see that a second vehicle, driven by a Mercer Island woman, was also turning left at the same time from the appropriate turn lane. The vehicles collided, and the drivers’ statements matched the damages.

Oct. 20

Arrest: A 28-year-old man who was driving with a suspended license and had three warrants on record was arrested in the 2700 block of 77th Avenue S.E. at 1:10 p.m. after being stopped for a traffic violation. He was read the Miranda rights and understood them, in Spanish. He was taken to the MIPD, where he was processed and booked into the Issaquah Jail. The vehicle was impounded.

Arrest: A Mercer Island man, 23, with a Seattle Police Department outstanding felony warrant was arrested at 4:38 p.m. after police found him hiding in a shower at his residence in the 2400 block of 72nd Avenue S.E. The suspect’s father, 52, had given permission to MIPD officers to search his residence for the suspect, though the father denied that the son was present. The suspect, found in the shower, was identified by his Washington driver’s license. After confirmation of the $1,000 warrant for possessing “dangerous drugs” and alcohol, the suspect was arrested and given over to the SPD.

Arrest: A Des Moines man, 24, driving with a suspended license and two FTAs on record was arrested at 9:18 p.m. in the 8400 block of East I-90 on Mercer Island. Police stopped the vehicle for expired tabs and the driver identified himself. The custody of the vehicle was given over to a licensed passenger. The driver was booked into the Issaquah Jail after being processed at the MIPD.

Fraud: The VISA credit card of a Mercer Island woman, 47, was used to make purchases in Kent between 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. A charge of $349.46 was made on the card at Brooklyn Ave. Clothing, and another unknown charge was made at McDonalds.

Oct. 21

Fender-bender: Two cars were stopped at a stop sign going westbound on S.E. 27th Street and 80th Avenue S.E. at 9:45 a.m. when a third vehicle driven by a Bellevue man, 30, struck the second vehicle, which in turn rolled into the first vehicle. The driver of the third car had proceeded forward after stopping because the brake lights of the car in front of him went off and he thought traffic was moving.

Fraud: A Mercer Island woman, 92, disclosed her personal bank account information to a caller who claimed to be a Bank of America employee. The victim then attempted to close her bank account and was informed that a $283 Western Union transaction had been made. The caller had claimed that a $700 purchase had been attempted on the victim’s account at the Fred Meyer in Burien, which “didn’t fit the victim’s pattern,” but the victim did not have a Bank of America account. The charge was “Western Union fraudulently obtained without victim’s consent.”

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