Police Blotter | Man Tasered by police after kicking officer in the head

Monthly Crime Statistics for April

Each month, the Mercer Island Police Department calculates and summarizes crime statistics, comparing them against the same month the year prior.

Crime on the Island has seen a slight uptick since last year. There were 12 burglaries and 34 incidents of theft in April. To date, there have been 30 burglaries and 182 thefts in 2014. That’s compared to the 10 burglaries and 27 cases of theft in 2013.

There were also 17 cases of identity theft last month. Many of the identity theft victims were reportedly associated with the Seattle Archdiocese.

Three cars were stolen, compared to one last year.

To date this year, there have 280 criminal incidents. That’s 53 more than the 227 reported in April of 2013. Additionally there were 1,310 calls for service to the police department and 12 arrests made, including one juvenile offender.

In April there were two DUI arrests and 363 traffic citations.



ACCIDENT: The driver of a car in the 2600 block of Island Crest Way said she was rear-ended by a red SUV around 6:30 p.m. The female driver of the red SUV shared a name and phone number and quickly rushed off. The driver of the first vehicle received an estimate of $2,200 for repairs and could not reach anyone at the number shared.

RECOVERED PROPERTY: Mercer Island police were contacted by the Dallas-Fort Worth Police Department about a recovered item. An Apple iPad was pawned at Cash America on Rainier.


MARINE: A rental vessel sank off Mercer Island in Lake Washington on Thursday. The nine occupants of the vessel were taken aboard a passing vessel before police arrived. The sunken vessel was towed to Proctor landing and its occupants to the Mercer Island boat launch. The cause of the sinking is still under investigation but it appears to have occurred when the line became tangled, resulting in an overloading of the port aft of the vessel in an attempt to free tangled line.

ACCIDENT: A car going Northbound on Island Crest Way, turned right onto S.E. 59th St., when the driver saw another vehicle was pulling out from a driveway. The driver of the second car had a different version of events and claimed that when she checked her rear view mirror she couldn’t detect anything. She was struck on the rear-passenger side. There were no reported injuries.


ACCIDENT: Around 4:30 a.m., a vehicle without a right-of-way was making a left-hand turn from the stop point on Northbound Island Crest Way. A second car making a left-hand turn onto Island Crest Way had a stop sign but did not yield to it. The two cars collided, causing front-end damage to one car and damage to the front driver-side of the other car.


ASSAULT: An 18-year-old Mercer Island man was contacted by police after an intoxicated disturbance with his mother. He pushed officers away as they tried to approach him. When officers tried to subdue him, he struggled to escape and kicked an officer in the head in the process. He fled to his apartment was followed by police, and in the process was Tasered by officers. He was arrested and booked into King County Jail with a PBT at the time of booking of 0.066.

THEFT: A Bellevue man in the 8300 block of Avalon Drive reported his Samsung Galaxy phone stolen from a swim event. Losses were estimated at $700.

INFORMATIONAL REPORT: A California woman brought in 37 miscellaneous 12-gauge shotgun ammunition for destruction. She said it had been found in the garage of a Seattle rental property.


RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT: A 93-year-old Island woman in the 2900 block of 81st Pl. says a bullet entered her apartment through a living room window. Police collected the metal jacket bullet and noted the shattered window.

DUI: A 22-year-old Seattle woman was stopped for her reckless driving, Westbound on I-90. She was arrested for a DUI and arrested with a BAC reading of .186 and .187.


THEFT: An Island man reported $660 of unauthorized charges to his Bank of America debit card.

BURGLARY: Sometime since Thursday, May 1 somebody pried open a mailbox at the post office and removed up to two days of mail. The owner of the mailbox said mail for those two days usually contained payments. She contacted the vendors who mailed the checks and notified them of the theft.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF: A 45-year-old Mercer Island man in the 2700 block of 80th Ave. S.E. reported his tires had been slashed a month ago. He said the incident didn’t raise concerns until he found his P.O. box at the post office pried open. Several items of mail had been stolen. He thought it was some sort of “revenge.” The tires had been slashed with a small knife.


FRAUD: A Mercer Island woman claims somebody filed a fraudulent tax return in her name. She believes it’s related to the Seattle Archdiocese incidents.

THEFT: During a real estate open house in the 4600 block of Mercer Way, an unknown suspect stole a lady’s wristwatch and two USB drives. Total losses were estimated at $1,475.

FRAUD: A 35-year-old Island woman says somebody is using her personal information to open credit card accounts.


THEFT: Two bikes were stolen from an open car port in the 8200 block of S.E. 24th St. Total losses were estimated at $1,300.

FRAUD: An elderly Mercer Island man said that somebody had filed a fraudulent tax return in his name. He said that he was a volunteer at St. Monica’s and a member of the Seattle Archdiocese.

DUI: A 28-year-old Islander was stopped in the 6700 block of S.E. 24th St., in the middle of the road. The responding patrol officer activated his emergency lights and approached the driver. She smelled heavily of alcohol but refused to give a breathalizer test. Police arrested her. At the station she gave two BAC samples of .250 and .251.

DUI: A 27-year-old Bellevue man was stopped for speeding. His BAC read .159/.164. He was released to his brother.


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