Solicitor becomes aggressive, breaks light | Mercer Island Police Blotter

A solicitor visited a First Hill home in the 2400 block of 71st Avenue S.E. at 7:54 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, and became verbally aggressive with the homeowner, who reported that the solicitor likely damaged a lawn light while leaving.

The following information was compiled from MIPD case reports.

April 3

Suspicious behavior: Police questioned two male teenagers after 1:51 p.m. in the 7200 block of S.E. 34th Street after they had been knocking on random doors in a neighborhood recently targeted by burglars. Both teens made conflicting statements about their activities, but police searched the teens’ backpacks with consent and found nothing. They were released.

April 4

Arrest: Police arrested a 45-year-old man on a warrant at 9 a.m. in the 4000 block of 86th Avenue S.E. and booked him into the King County Jail.

Fraud: An 83-year-old man found that an unauthorized charge was placed on his Costco American Express credit card. He received a package that he had not ordered, and it contained a letter of thanks to a different person for making the purchase. The victim contacted American Express and the company that sent the package, but received no response.

Bike theft: Two Trek bicycles were stolen sometime between 1 and 5:30 p.m. out of a community storage area in the 3200 block of West Concord Way, after their security cable lock was cut.

April 5

Drugs: Police arrested a 48-year-old Seattle man at 5:23 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Mercer Way after he was seen screaming — at no one, except himself. He was “extremely intoxicated” and said he had been kicked off of a bus. He smelled strongly of burnt marijuana and handed over a smoked marijuana joint. He was processed at the MIPD and received a courtesy transport home to Seattle.

April 6

Bike theft: A Nishiki custom-made bike worth $5,000 was stolen out of a common apartments storage area in the 9000 block of West Shorewood Drive sometime after March 2. The bike had been locked to a rack, and its lock was also stolen.

Accident: A head-on collision occurred at 1:54 p.m. in the 5200 block of West Mercer Way when a Volkswagen drifted over the center line, coming out of a curve. An oncoming van swerved as far to the right as possible, but could not avoid the collision. The 66-year-old driver of the Volkswagen sustained some head trauma and admitted having possibly fallen asleep. The van driver, 31, reported a numb left arm. Both vehicles were towed.

April 8

Arrest: Seattle police arrested a 50-year-old Mercer Island man at 9 p.m. and booked him into the Issaquah Jail on an outstanding $2,000 warrant for harassment and malicious mischief.

Accident: A sedan made an improper lane change and struck a vehicle in the side at 12:30 p.m. in the 4300 block of Island Crest Way right before Merrimount Drive. Both vehicles were southbound. There were no injuries, and neither vehicle was towed. The 89-year-old driver of the sedan was cited.

Burglary: A 38-year-old woman left a window open in her residence for her dog at 5 p.m. in the 9000 block of West Shorewood Drive. When she returned at 10 p.m., her dog — a black lab/border collie mix — was missing and the window screen was on the ground outside. No items were stolen, and the residence was still locked. An apartment employee notified the victim that another resident found the dog and took it to the Bellevue Humane Society. The victim brought the dog home on April 11.

April 9

Arrest: Police arrested a 22-year-old man at 2:39 a.m. in the 2500 block of 81st Avenue S.E. after contacting two subjects and identifying them as a petitioner and respondent of a domestic violence no-contact order. The respondent was arrested and cited.

Animal complaint: A 67-year-old woman was bitten in the arm by a neighbor’s dog while setting out her garbage at 8:30 p.m. in the 8800 block of S.E. 37th Street. The victim said she scheduled a doctor’s evaluation for the next morning.

April 10

Arrest: A 20-year-old man was arrested on a Mercer Island warrant at 6:40 p.m. in Renton and was booked into the Issaquah Jail.

April 11

Weapons violation: A passenger in a vehicle at the intersection of East Mercer Way and Mercerwood Drive pointed a semi-automatic handgun at a 16-year-old driver at 6:08 p.m. The suspect had orange hair, a white hoodie and was between 17 and 19 years of age. The suspect and his vehicle were not familiar to the victim.


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