Police arrest man sleeping in car in church lot | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Police arrested a 25-year-old man at 2:53 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15, in the parking lot of Mercer Island Covenant Church in the 3200 block of 78th Avenue S.E. The man was sleeping in his car and had a $350 misdemeanor Enumclaw warrant for using and delivering drug paraphernalia. He was taken to the Issaquah Jail.

May 8

Car crash: A woman drove into a tree at high speed at 12:05 p.m. in the 8400 block of S.E. 26th Street, next to Luther Burbank Park. The woman was suicidal and was taken to a hospital. She was cited for reckless driving, on investigation.

Pedestrian accident: A Mercedes-Benz backed into two pedestrians at 1:30 p.m. in the Tabit Square parking lot on S.E. 27th Street. The driver, 22, was following a friend and both entered the parking lot in the wrong direction. When they realized their mistake, they both began backing out. The 22-year-old driver did not look behind her at first, and struck a woman, 33, who was leaving Zaw Pizza with her young daughter. A Zaw Pizza employee, 25, who was carrying out the customer’s pizzas, was also knocked down. The mother sustained injuries to her elbow, and possibly head and neck, and the employee had an injured arm that she reported as sore and painful. Both pedestrians were treated at the scene, and the driver was cited for unsafe backing.

May 9

Arrest: Police arrested a 54-year-old driver on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant at 7:12 p.m. in the 3900 block of 82nd Avenue S.E. The suspect was driving with a suspended license, and he was booked into the King County Jail.

May 10

Car prowl: Someone stole $1,900 worth of items out of a Jaguar in an apartment complex carport, overnight, in the 3000 block of 81st Place S.E. There was no evidence of forced entry, and the thief stole a survival kit, jackets, a GPS unit and an iPod.

Theft: Someone stole a package that UPS delivered to the doorstep of an 85-year-old woman’s residence in the 4400 block of West Mercer Way. The woman’s son confirmed with UPS that the package had been set on the doorstep. The parcel contained a heart-shaped sculpture.

May 11

Accident: A female bicyclist struck the side of an SUV at 8:39 a.m. in the intersection of 81st Avenue S.E. and North Mercer Way. The driver, 34, obeyed the stop sign and said the way was clear when he looked both ways, but as he was turning, a bicyclist entered the crosswalk from the sidewalk and rode into the side of the vehicle. The bicyclist, 25, reported dizziness and was taken to a hospital.

Drugs: Police arrested a 26-year-old woman at 10:15 p.m. in the 7800 block of S.E. 28th Street after checking her license plate. The woman was driving with a suspended license and gave up a jar with marijuana inside after police detected an odor of marijuana. Police searched her vehicle with consent and confiscated two glass marijuana pipes.

May 12

Theft: A 44-year-old Mercer Island woman’s credit and debit cards were stolen during a house party in Mt. Vernon between 12 and 4 p.m. The thieves made several purchases, under $1,500, with the cards.

Collision: A Mercer Island Fire Department aid unit responding to an emergency call at 1:57 p.m. in the 7300 block of S.E. 24th Street was passing vehicles at 15 mph when its side mirror collided into the mirror of an oncoming SUV that had stopped for the aid unit. The SUV’s mirror had minor paint damage. The aid unit continued on to the call.

May 13

Arrest: Police stopped a vehicle for parking and report of sale violations at 5:33 p.m. in the 2400 block of 84th Avenue S.E. The 27-year-old passenger was arrested on an outstanding $5,000 warrant for driving while intoxicated, and she was booked into the King County Jail.

Assault: A 16-year-old male was booked into the King County Jail Juvenile Detention Center after punching his parents at 7:30 p.m. at home. His father reported the incident.

Theft: A 69-year-old Mercer Island man left his wallet at the north QFC self-checkout lane at 4 p.m., but no one turned it in. The man cancelled his credit cards, but lost $1,000 in cash contained in the wallet, along with his ID and Social Security card.

Capsized canoe: Mercer Island Marine Patrol responded to a capsized canoe at 2:54 p.m. A couple and their 3-year-old child had fallen into the water. The Marine Patrol rescued the family out of the water and recovered the canoe. There were no injuries, and the canoe was not damaged.

May 14

Burglaries: A police officer responded to a burglary at Shorewood Heights in the 9000 block of West Shorewood Drive at 9:20 a.m. Someone pried the window of an office loose, and broke it, overnight. The alarm was not activated, but no apparent entry was made. The cost to replace the window is estimated at $400.

A North-end home in the 2400 block of 65th Place S.E., near Secret Park, was burglarized after the residents — a couple — left at 10 a.m. They returned at 1:20 p.m. In the meantime, burglars ransacked the house and filled a pillowcase with stolen items: a Canon camera and 55-250 lens, Mac computer and Dell laptop. Police lifted fingerprints from the outside edge of the French doors, and a metal drawer-pull with a scalloped brush-nickel finish, taken from the closet dresser, was placed into evidence.

Bike found: A damaged 10-speed Panasonic “Sport 500” bicycle was found at 10:15 a.m. in the 8800 block of S.E. 60th Street.

Arson: A Shell station employee in the 7800 block of S.E. 28th Street refused a sale of cigarettes, at 7 p.m., to two male teenagers who did not have ID and looked to be 17 years old. Both boys then went into the restroom, and an hour later, a customer reported a burned towel dispenser in the bathroom.

Theft: Aladdin Bail Bonds sent a delinquent notice to a 31-year-old Mercer Island man claiming that he owed $115 for a bond that he had never posted in February. The victim went to Aladdin, which showed him a driver’s license with his information. The license, however, had a different photo, height and weight.

May 15

Theft: A 48-year-old Mercer Island woman reported that someone withdrew $1,900 from her Bank of America account after May 10 without her authorization. A bank teller in Citrus Heights, Calif., permitted the withdrawal.

Malicious mischief: Three windows were broken out of a school portable at Lakeridge Elementary, in the 8200 block of S.E. 78th Street, sometime overnight. The vandals painted a line of silver spray paint on the back wall of the portable and left the paint can behind, on the ground, where two broken windows were found.

May 17

Theft: A 20-year-old Mercer Island man stole a carton of cigarettes from a vendor’s shipment inside the Jacksons Shell Station on 278th Avenue S.E. at 9:38 p.m. He did not pay for the carton when he left the store. Evidence includes a security video.

May 18

Arrest: Police arrested a 22-year-old Mercer Island man at 9:22 a.m. at his residence in the 2500 block of 81st Avenue S.E. He was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant and transferred into the custody of Bellevue police.

Thefts: Several fraudulent charges were placed on a 65-year-old Mercer Island woman’s credit card between 12 and 4 p.m. Someone also transferred money from her Bank of America checking account to one of her lines of credit.

A jacket and cell phone were stolen out of an open convertible in a parking lot in the 7600 block of S.E. 27th Street around 3:30 p.m. The cell phone was inside the jacket. The victim, a 47-year-old Mercer Island man, had left his car unattended.


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