Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Arrest
152nd St E & Military Rd E, Spanaway
A deputy was dispatched to a traffic complaint, and when he arrived, he found a driver slumped over in a vehicle. The deputy ran the temporary license plate on the car and learned that it belonged on a different vehicle. Deputies woke up the driver and had him step out of the car. When they attempted to run the VIN, they saw that the driver had covered it up with a piece of paper. Once they could see the VIN, they discovered the car was stolen. The 44-year-old suspect was arrested and booked into jail for possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, and obscuring the identity of a machine. There was also probable cause to arrest him for stealing a vehicle in Puyallup.
Stolen Vehicle, Collision
121st St S & Pacific Ave S, Parkland
A patrol sergeant was clearing a call at a shopping center when he saw a silver Hyundai speeding through the parking lot. The driver didn’t stop before pulling out onto Pacific Ave S and other cars had to slow down to avoid hitting the Hyundai. The sergeant caught up to the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop just as the other car moved over to oncoming lanes. The driver failed to stop. The sergeant followed for a short distance, but terminated the pursuit when the driver ran a red light. A few blocks down the road, the Hyundai collided with a pickup truck. Five teens jumped out of the Hyundai and ran away. All five were located and detained. Deputies contacted the Hyundai’s owner and determined it had recently been stolen but the owner hadn’t noticed yet. Deputies also located a firearm in the vehicle. The passengers, two males and two females, ages 14, 15, 16 and 17, were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle. Due to booking restrictions at Remann Hall, they were released to guardians, and charges were forwarded to prosecutors for review. The driver, a 15-year-old male, was booked into Remann Hall for possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm, and hit and run. Although deputies are prohibited by law from interviewing juveniles without an attorney, the driver voluntarily shared that he had recently been injured during a collision involving a stolen Kia. He joked about the vehicle catching fire after hitting a light pole. That incident happened about eight days prior. That investigation is ongoing.
4900 blk 260th St E, Graham
A Mountain Detachment deputy was driving northbound on Mountain Highway E when a vehicle approached him with a headlight out. The deputy turned around and initiated a traffic stop. The driver initially kept going but eventually pulled over. When the deputy contacted him at the window, the driver refused to provide his ID or his name. A backup deputy arrived and they ordered the driver out of the vehicle. The driver repeatedly refused commands to exit the car and gripped the steering wheel as deputies tried to pull him out. After being told the taser would be used, the driver complied. During a frisk for weapons, deputies located meth and a meth pipe. On his way to jail, the 38-year-old driver kept hitting his head against the partition. He also said he wanted to shoot law enforcement officers upon future contact. He was booked into jail for obstructing, driving with a suspended license, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
22200 blk Mountain Hwy E, Spanaway
Deputies were dispatched to an armed robbery that had just occurred at a sandwich shop. When they arrived, employees told them that the suspect had entered the restaurant and went straight to the restroom. He came back out after about five minutes and ordered a sandwich. When he got to the register to pay, he pulled out a pistol and told the employee to give him money. The employee froze and the suspect reached over the counter to grab cash. He then fled on foot. We’re working with the business to obtain surveillance video.