Police Blotter: Two crimes involving marijuana; witness assists in arrest of car thieves
By Cassandra Baker
1:01 a.m., October 21. 62nd block of 24th Ave NW
Police responded to reports of an aggravated assault with a firearm in the middle of the night on October 21. They arrived at the scene and spoke with the victim, who said that on October 19 he had gotten into a dispute with his marijuana dealer. He said that the suspect threatened to “bleed” him if he didn’t pay the $700 he owed. The victim said that the suspect then struck him in the head with the grip of a black semi-automatic handgun. He said that he did not report it at first because the suspect threatened him and said that his “network” would “get him” if he called the police. The responding officers examined the victim but did not see any evidence of his injury. The victim was concerned that the suspect would come after him and expressed a desire to recant his claims.
5:00 a.m., October 19. N 105th St and Greenwood Ave N
A man called police early on the morning of October 19 after he saw two suspicious-looking men in the parking garage of his apartment complex. He saw the men looking into cars and said that they entered at least one vehicle. While waiting for officers to arrive, he remained on the line and reported that the suspects had left the garage and entered a car parked on the street. Officers arrived at the scene and quickly located the two suspects and the two female passengers of the car.
The car was missing both license plates, and officers determined that it had been stolen from Marysville. It contained a large quantity of backpacks and electronics that were presumed to have been stolen. The male suspects also had many car keys in their possession. The car was impounded and the male suspects were arrested and then booked into King County Jail on charges of burglary and auto theft. The two female suspects were arrested for outstanding warrants.
3:45 p.m., October 18. 46th block of Shilshole Ave NW
A man called police on the afternoon of October 18 to report that he believed that a former employee had burglarized his business. The suspect broke in between 10:00 p.m. on October 17 and 1:00 a.m. on October 18 and stole specialized equipment designed to extract chemicals from marijuana. The victim said that the equipment was custom built and was worth about $25,000. He said that the suspect operated the equipment for about four hours before stealing it. There was surveillance video of someone in the building, but it did not show the theft.