All persons in the police blotter are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
HIT AND RUN: On Aug. 28, a caller reported a hit and run in the parking lot of a state Route 410 retailer. The caller was parked in front of the suspect vehicle, which he said backed out of a stall and hit an unattended vehicle to the rear. An officer arrived to confirm the damage. Using suspect information provided by the caller, the officer confirmed he was a Buckley man and coordinated with Buckley police to contact him about the damage. The Buckley officer contacted the man, confirmed the damage, and connected the suspect with the Bonney Lake officer to give a statement about the incident. He was cited for hit and run and for having no vehicle insurance.
FALSE IDENTITY: At 1:43 a.m. Aug. 29, an officer stopped a vehicle with defective tail lights. The driver could not furnish identification or insurance, but provided a name. A records check allowed the officer to determine the identity given was false. The driver afterward gave his true identity, which came up with a felony Department of Corrections warrant for escaping community custody. The driver was cited for making a false or misleading statement to a public servant, provided a notice of infraction for the taillights, identification and insurance, and booked into Enumclaw Jail. The car was towed.
NO CONTACT: On Aug. 30, an officer stopped a vehicle on Main Street East after a records check showed the registered owner had a suspended license. During the stop, a passenger was found to be in violation of a no contact order with the driver. The passenger was arrested and booked into Enumclaw Jail. The driver was cited for driving on a suspended license and given a notice of infraction for failing to provide proof of insurance.
THEFT: On Aug. 30, a delivery driver reported the theft of his jacket from the back of his truck. The unknown suspect additionally damaged the pulley system on the roll-up door of the cargo compartment. An officer photographed the damage for evidence.
HANDGUN: On Aug. 30, a Bonney Lake man gave a statement on the theft of a .38 caliber handgun, magazine and box of ammunition from his 81st Street East residence. He had noticed the items missing on July 25 and said, because nothing else of value was taken, he believed the theft was by someone familiar with its location. The handgun was entered as stolen into the WACIC and NCIC crime databases.
WARRANTS EVERYWHERE: On Aug. 30, an officer stationed with a radar gun observed a car speed through an intersection on South Prairie Road. An emergency stop was initiated and the suspect car appeared to pull over before taking off as the officer settled behind him. The officer followed the vehicle to a Lalapaloma Drive residence, where it stopped in the driveway. Due to the circumstances, the officer approached the driver at gunpoint until backup could arrive. The driver and passenger were both found to have warrants for their arrest issued by Puyallup police. The property landlord came onto the scene and discovered an unknown woman in the home. An officer stopped the woman, later determined to be the driver’s girlfriend and registered owner of the vehicle, after she attempted to flee from the rear of the house. She was found to have a warrant for her arrest issued by Lakewood police. All three suspects were arrested and transferred into the custody of the appropriate police agencies.
ASSAULT: At 6:09 a.m. Aug. 31, an officer was dispatched to an assault on Church Lake Road near Veterans Memorial Drive. The caller had driven by a man and woman standing on the side of the road and turned around after he heard a scream. The man left the scene as the driver turned. According to statements taken at the scene, the man had punched the woman in the back of the head several times and taken her money and cell phone. The suspect was found to have a no contact order prohibiting him from beign near the victim. He was not located near the scene, but was issued citations for violating the no contact order and assault in the fourth degree. Two other people at the scene were found to have warrants for their arrest.
SHOPLIFTING: On Aug. 31, two officers responded to an SR 410 retailer, where a shoplifting suspect and his young daughter were in custody. Loss prevention employees reported the man, known to them from a prior similar incident, had attempted to leave the store without paying for a computer system and other merchandise in his shopping cart. Loss prevention had confiscated a magnetic security tool, capable of removing the anti-theft device on the item, in his possession. The suspect was booked into Pierce County Jail and the daughter was released into her mother’s custody.
DOMESTIC ASSAULT: On Sept. 1, officers were dispatched to a domestic assault report from a man being treated for a broken nose at a nearby hospital. He reported he was repeatedly struck in the face by his wife during an argument, while he was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her. He was eventually able to get away in his own vehicle, the windshield of which he said she had cracked with a rock. Officers were unable to contact the suspect at her residence, but forwarded their report to the Pierce County Prosecutor to review possible felony charges of assault in the second degree and malicious mischief in the third degree.
STOLEN TRUCK: At 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2, officers were dispatched to a 196th Avenue East property, where the residents reported finding a man and woman attempting to enter their camper. The suspects fled on foot, leaving behind a pickup truck later discovered to be stolen from a hotel parking lot in Sumner. A K9 unit with the county sheriff’s department tracked the suspects’ scent to 96th Street East. Residents in the area directed the unit through the neighborhood to a 198th Avenue East home where, after two searches, the suspect woman was found hiding under rags in the garage. After questioning the suspect for more information on the incident, she was booked into Pierce County Jail for possession of a stolen motor vehicle and criminal trespass in the first degree.