Belligerent Sunday

On March 17, police responded to an assault call at a business in the 600 block of Queen Anne Avenue North around 3:30 p.m. The caller stated that a customer punched a security guard while he was being escorted out.

The manager explained to police that the suspect refused to leave after he was asked to because he was causing a disturbance. As they escorted him out the back door, other people tried to aide the suspect. The suspect swung his fist at the security officer and struck him in the face. The victim closed the door on the suspect and then called 911.

The victim had a bruise on the left side of his cheek next to his eye. 

Police searched the area for the suspect but were unable to locate him. 

 

Random beat-down

A man on 10th Avenue West said he was at home at 1:15 a.m. when he answered his door. The stranger asked him if he was a specific person (identified only by first name), and he told him he was. The man told him to step outside, and the victim refused. 

The stranger suddenly took a swing at the victim, striking him under the right eye. The victim said the suspect kept his right hand behind his back, so he was concerned the suspect had a gun.

The suspect continued hitting the victim repeatedly, striking him about 10 times. The victim had a broken right hand from an incident a week prior so he couldn’t defend himself from the blows, he said, but he tried to avoid the strikes. 

The victim said he did not see what type of weapon the suspect had in his right hand, but he thought it was either brass knuckles or he was holding keys between his fingers. 

The victim went to the hospital, and police spoke with him there. The doctor treating the victim said the man’s injuries were not from a fist alone, and whatever the suspect had in his hand caused about seven lacerations, about a quarter-inch deep.

The victim said the suspect said something like, “Don’t touch my sister.” He also said there was a second man standing back behind the suspect. He recognized this other man as a person he had a verbal argument with a week ago at his house, where he broke his hand. 

He said had a group of people over, and a couple of guests got into an argument. He kicked everyone out. After the incident, he punched the wall, breaking his hand. 

He said there were two women at the party he didn’t know, but one of them might have been the suspect’s sister.

 

Repo dispute

Police were dispatched to a disturbance in the area of 36th Avenue West and West Government Way at 8:18 p.m. on March 12. 

According to the police report, the two victims were hired by an auto dealership to repossess a car. They and the car owner had agreed to meet at Magnolia Village, where car would be repossessed.

The car owner showed up but didn’t bring the car. She demanded her down payment for the car back. She told the repo workers if they signed a piece of paper stating she’d get her money back, she’d bring them to the car, so they did. 

A friend drove the woman to her car, and the repo workers followed behind in the tow truck. When they got there, the woman again demanded they return her down payment. The workers told her they did not have her money; the dealership did.

The suspect got angry and threw a car key at the victim in the passenger seat, hitting her in the eye. The suspect then got into the car and drove away. The repo workers called 911.

The suspect also called 911 and reported that she was having a civil dispute with someone about returning a car and them not returning money. She also told the operator that the person was threatening to list the vehicle as stolen. 

She said she would be at her sister’s house, on 34th Avenue West. When the police officers got there, her sister answered the door and said the suspect had left.

 

Rum run

On March 8 at 5:51 p.m., a suspect entered a store in the 500 block of First Avenue West and selected a bottle of rum, as an undercover loss-prevention officer watched.

The suspect walked out of the store without paying for the rum and was confronted by the security officer. He asked the suspect to return to the store with him. The suspect reacted by reaching out and grabbing the security officer’s arm. 

The security officer grabbed the suspect’s other arm, and they both pulled in opposite directions. They both let go at the same time, and then the suspect forcefully struck the security officer in the sternum with an open palm, causing the officer to fall back.

The suspect is a regular shoplifter at the store, but no one knows if he has ever been identified by store personnel in the past. Police instructed them to call 911 if they see him in the future.