Suspect flees police, Taser does not stop him | Mercer Island Police Blotter

Police officers attempted to arrest a 23-year-old known suspect who had a $1,000 warrant for trespassing. The suspect, a Mercer Island resident, was first observed near the library after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, and fled on foot in the 8500 block of S.E. 40th Street near Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

NORCOM placed several schools and day cares into lockdown during the pursuit of the suspect, according to the police report. An officer deployed a Taser when the suspect put his hand inside his right pocket, as he is known to carry knives. The Taser was not effective and the dart was later recovered. The suspect entered Emmanuel Episcopal Church and went into the men's restroom. When he emerged, he fled out of a northwestern door. Police called off the pursuit around 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday | 1

Fraud: An unauthorized charge was placed onto a 45-year-old Mercer Island woman’s debit card at 3 p.m.

Friday | 10

Tab theft: Someone stole a 2013 tab from the license plate of a Mazda Tribute parked in the North Mercer Park and Ride lot in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way.

Sunday | 12

Theft: Two stamped and certified survey stakes were stolen sometime after May 1 in the 4600 block of Forest Avenue S.E. Both stakes were rebar.

Wednesday | 15

Fraud: A 49-year-old Mercer Island man's personal information was used to apply for Verizon and T-Mobile cellphone accounts between May 13-15.

Friday | 17

Trespass: Police contacted a heavily intoxicated man at 9:40 a.m. in Pioneer Park, in the 6800 block of Island Crest Way. Police had received several complaints about the man, and one woman reported that she was afraid of him. Police found the suspect with a bloody cheek, and he claimed that he had fallen down. A small glass pipe was at his feet that he admitted using to smoke marijuana. Firefighters rendered first aid to the man.

Bike theft: A silver Trek bike with a rack and wireless computer was stolen from the North Mercer Park & Ride between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. in the 8000 block of North Mercer Way. The bike had been secured to a rack with a chain. The chain was also stolen.

Tuesday | 21

Stolen car: Possible suspect fingerprints were lifted from a stolen Acura, recovered at 1:18 p.m. in the 2900 block of 76th Avenue S.E. The vehicle, registered to a Des Moines woman, was stolen out of Bellevue.

Wednesday | 22

Arrest: Police arrested a 22-year-old Mercer Island man on a misdemeanor warrant at 9:25 p.m. in the 3000 block of 78th Avenue S.E.

Thursday | 23

Bike found: A 15-speed bicycle was found on the side of the road in the 8400 block of North Mercer Way after 8 a.m.

Trailer theft: A utility trailer was stolen sometime between 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the 8600 block of S.E. 40th Street. The trailer had an 8-by-6-foot open bed with sides.

Accident: A 44-year-old driver was cited for failing to yield the right of way after turning onto East Mercer Way and striking an oncoming vehicle, which then lost control and spun into a third vehicle. The second vehicle came to a temporary stop, backed up and struck a fourth vehicle, and the 63-year-old driver was cited for unsafe backing. The third vehicle's driver, a 43-year-old Florida resident, was cited for driving with a suspended license. He reported an aggravated preexisting back injury.

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