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An Island resident told police April 6 that someone fabricated and cashed a check for $199.99. The bank froze the account.
Dog attacks cat and man
At about 1:30 p.m. April 5, a 59-year-old Island man walking his cat on a leash in the 9000 block of East Shorewood Drive was reportedly attacked by an English bulldog. The dog appeared to be chasing the cat, the man told police. The man received a cut to his wrist, possibly from the dog's teeth or toenails, before he was forced to let go of his cat's leash to escape. The dog treed the cat, but ran away when a woman yelled at the dog. The cat was taken to a veterinarian and required antibiotics for two missing claws. The man told police he planned to go to a doctor the next day. Police forwarded the report to King County Animal Control.
An officer investigating a separate auto theft report located an abandoned vehicle at 8:15 a.m. April 4 in the 2900 block of 76th Avenue S.E. That car, a silver 1997 Honda Civic, was found parked across the street from where another vehicle had been reported missing. The Honda, which was reported stolen in Seattle, had damage to the left front fender and right front wheel. Several items in the vehicle were dusted for fingerprints. The car was impounded and the owner notified.
A white, four-door 1987 Toyota Camry was reported stolen at 8 a.m. April 4 from an apartment building in the 2900 block of 76th Avenue S.E.
A resident of the 3000 block of 68th Avenue S.E. called at 3:49 a.m. March 31 to report someone inside their car in the driveway. When police arrived, the suspect was in a second vehicle, later discovered to be stolen from Seattle. Police observed the suspect leave with that vehicle. The suspect attempted to strike the police car with the stolen vehicle. A pursuit ensued; however, police lost the suspect because the stolen vehicle was driven with the headlights turned off. Police set up to block the vehicle at entrances to I-90. At 4:06 a.m., the car was sighted in the 2800 block of 60th Avenue S.E. The suspect had left the car and fled on foot. A Bellevue K-9 began a track but lost the scent of the suspect in the driveway of a residence in the 2000 block of Faben Drive, where a blue 2004 Honda Accord was later reported stolen. The first stolen car, a green 1999 Honda Accord, was recovered.
Injury accident, assault
Two men with apparent head injuries were transported to an area hospital at 8 a.m. April 3 after the car they were passengers in went off the roadway, down an embankment and hit a telephone pole in the 7500 block of East Mercer Way. The driver, a 27-year-old SeaTac resident and Microsoft employee, was arrested after he admitted he had been drinking alcohol prior to the crash. The car, a 2002 Ford Mustang with California license plates, broke in two on impact with the pole. The driver was transported to King County Jail after resisting officers' attempt to place him in the police car and later damaging medical supplies and equipment at Overlake Hospital while the nurse was attempting to draw his blood. He was booked on suspicion of third-degree assault of a nurse or healthcare provider, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. Damages to the telephone pole, embankment and medical supplies was listed at $7,050. A firearm in the vehicle, a P-32 automatic, belonging to one of the passengers, was taken by police for safekeeping.
Loaded gun found
At about 3:40 p.m. April 4, a 14-year-old Island boy found a loaded semi-automatic, stainless steel, Colt .25 handgun in a bag along a trail near the Mercer Island Public Library. The youth reported the discovery to police. The weapon was recovered about 40 yards east of the 4300 block of 88th Avenue. It was inside a brown leather holster and placed inside a Colombian coffee burlap bag, which was inside a white plastic QFC bag. A soda pop can and an improvised smoking pipe was found nearby, according to the report.
April Fool's prank
Two suspects were captured on a video at 3 a.m. April 1 as they dumped confetti and rolls of crepe paper in the 100 hallway at Mercer Island High School, 9100 S.E. 42nd St. The suspects set off motion detectors and both were clearly visible on the school's security camera as they ran barefoot down the hallway. One suspect is seen on the tape pressing a hand against the glass window of the door as the two fled. Police obtained finger and hand prints from the door and window. There was no sign of forced entry. Nothing was taken during the illegal entry.