Vehicle hits two girls at South end shopping center | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Two young pedestrians were struck by a vehicle at 1:25 p.m., Oct. 17, in a crosswalk in the 8400 block of S.E. 68th Street. The driver, a 70-year-old Mercer Island man, was turning into the QFC shopping center after stopping for traffic. Both pedestrians were knocked to the ground. The driver said he did not see the pedestrians until he hit them. One girl, 14, reported pain in her left shoulder, but the other girl, 13, was not injured. One witness said the girls were clearly in the sidewalk before the vehicle turned. The driver was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way.

Oct. 1

Crash: A 61-year-old Renton woman crashed her bicycle at 10:30 a.m. in the 6500 block of East Mercer Way. She was traveling too fast around a curve and went off the road into dirt. She was ejected from her bicycle and landed five feet away from the pavement. Aid units responded and found that the woman had possibly broken her collarbone and ribs. One witness, another bicyclist riding with the woman, said that he believed her speed was too high around the corner.

Oct. 5

Scam: A suspect pretending to be an 86-year-old Mercer Island woman’s grandson persuaded the woman to wire $4,800 to Madrid, Spain, at 1:20 p.m.

Oct. 9

Theft: A 38-year-old Mercer Island woman reported that her camera, a Canon T1i, was stolen in California while she was attending an evening party on Oct. 1.

Oct. 10

Car prowl: A purse was stolen out of a vehicle in the 3700 block of East Mercer Way sometime between 9:30 and 11:20 a.m. The purse contained a wallet, credit and debit cards, and cash. An iPhone 4 was also stolen. The passenger window of the vehicle was broken. Fingerprints were lifted from Ziploc bags containing almonds and first aid dressings.

Oct. 14

Arrest: Police arrested a 51-year-old Seattle woman on a misdemeanor warrant at 12 p.m. in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way. She was booked into the Issaquah Jail.

Oct. 17

Scam: An 82-year-old North end woman reported that she gave her credit card information to a person who claimed to be calling from a company going out of business that was required to refund the woman’s money on Oct. 13. The caller asked for the woman’s credit card information to complete the refund. When the woman checked her account a few hours later, she discovered that three fraudulent cash withdrawals had been made. The cash was sent to India. After the victim placed a hold on her credit card, there were four additional attempts to charge the card.

Fraud: A 74-year-old South end woman reported credit card fraud. Fraudulent charges were made to her account between Sept. 1 and Sept. 22, and some information is known about the suspect.

Scam: A North end resident reported that he was persuaded by a caller posing as his 42-year-old son to wire money to the Dominican Republic at 1:15 p.m. The caller claimed he needed money to pay for damages sustained in a car accident on I-5. The victim discovered it was a scam when his son called after the money had already been wired.

Oct. 18

Car prowl: An empty backpack was stolen out of a Dodge pickup in the 2900 block of 76th Avenue S.E. sometime after 7:30 p.m. Unknown suspect(s) broke through the front passenger window.

Shoplifting: A 49-year-old Mercer Island man was suspected of stealing Odwalla drinks from the North end QFC at 7:10 a.m. Another man was also involved. QFC did not want to file criminal charges, but wanted the subject to be “trespassed from the store.”

Assault: A 12-year-old boy was arrested at 8:19 p.m. at his North end residence after using a ball point pen to stab his mother in the arm. The boy was angry with his parents.

Oct. 19

Car prowl: Someone attempted to steal a Dodge Durango after breaking through a rear vent window while it was parked in the 3700 block of East Mercer Way between Sept. 24 and Oct. 18. No items were stolen, but the suspect tampered with the ignition and removed a clear plastic coupler. The suspect also rummaged through the glove box.

Oct. 22

Malicious mischief: $5,500 worth of damage was done to a Toyota Corolla in the 7600 block of S.E. 27th Street sometime between midnight and 5:55 a.m. The suspect, a 23-year-old Seattle man, shattered the vehicle’s windows, flattened the tires and scratched and dented the vehicle.

Power lines down: A bicyclist struck power lines lying across the road at East Mercer Way and S.E. 53rd Place at 7:20 a.m. The bicyclist, a 54-year-old Seattle man, was thrown off his bike. He skinned his knee and reported pain in his hip and collarbone. His wife drove him to the hospital after he was treated by aid units. Police found that the power lines were still hot and were not visible due to weather conditions and the time of day.

DUI: Police arrested a 19-year-old woman at 1:24 a.m. in the 7500 block of westbound I-90 after stopping her for improper lane travel. She provided a passport showing her age and failed standard sobriety tests. Her vehicle was impounded and she was given a courtesy transport to the residence of her friend.

Arrest: Police arrested a 41-year-old Kirkland woman at 11:59 a.m. in the 4400 block of West Mercer Way for an ignition interlock violation and driving with a suspended license. She was processed at the MIPD and released.

Reckless endangerment: A truck was damaged with heavy machinery being used to unload lumber from the truck at 3 p.m. in the 3800 block of 82nd Avenue S.E. The owners of the truck were nearly struck in the process. A 63-year-old Mercer Island man was operating the machinery. The incident happened after an argument about nails left on the suspect’s property by the men, who were collecting salvage lumber.

DUI: A Mercer Island woman, 43, drove into a parked vehicle along the shoulder of the road at 5:10 p.m. in the 7100 block of West Mercer Way. The woman, who had a 16-year-old passenger, was arrested for driving under the influence. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. The driver was processed at the MIPD and released.

Trespass: A Seattle man was trespassed from Mercer Island Care and Rehabilitation in the 7400 block of S.E. 24th Street. His mother, a patient, was discharged from the facility and transferred to a hospital.


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