Car thief caught after tripping in ‘hot pursuit’ | Bellevue Police Blotter

The following is a sample from the Bellevue Police Department’s Bellevue Beat Blog:

Jan. 21

Dumpster fire: At 8:34 p.m. in the 9900 block of NE First St., police assisted the Bellevue Fire Department with a suspicious dumpster fire. Detectives are investigating.

Back to jail you go: At 5:14 p.m. in the 1000 block of 116th Ave. NE, a suspect was caught trying to open secured doors at a hospital. The suspect then scaled a fence into a construction area and was found holding tools he’d taken from a large tool box. Police chased the suspect before taking him into custody. The suspect was still wearing his jail wristband from the previous time he was arrested and was re-booked into jail.

Jan. 20

Expensive liquor stolen: At 2:43 p.m. in the 2000 block of 148th Ave. NE, a suspect stole a $3,000 bottle of Cognac. The investigation is ongoing.

Stolen Kent car ditched in Bellevue: At 1:18 a.m. in the 15200 block of NE 15th Place, an officer tried to stop a vehicle that was stolen out of Kent, however, the driver of the vehicle sped away. Officers located the unoccupied vehicle a short distance away but a K-9 track was unsuccessful.

Jan. 19

License plate scan leads to arrest: At 11:56 a.m. in the 130th and NE Eighth Street intersection, an officer ran the license plate of a suspect with a felony Department of Corrections escape warrant out for his arrest for third-degree assault. Upon seeing the officer, the suspect drove off. With the assistance of patrol, a bicycle unit officer made the traffic stop and arrested the suspect on multiple warrants. He was also charged with possession of heroin, driving with a suspended license and an interlock violation.

Jan. 18

Car thief caught after tripping in ‘hot pursuit’: At 12:12 a.m. in the 15600 block of NE Eighth St., an officer observed a man get off the bus and knew him from past contacts. He did a records check and discovered the suspect had a felony arrest warrant from King County Sheriff’s Office for possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The suspect immediately fled when the officer turned towards him. The suspect ran into the mall with an officer in “hot pursuit” but a female patron in the mall tripped the suspect, which caused him to crash into a display. The officer took the suspect into custody. Charges for obstructing, resisting, possession of drugs and paraphernalia are pending.

Jan. 16

Woman caught trying to cash forged check: At 6 p.m. in the 13800 block of NE 20th St., bank employees reported a suspect tried to cash a stolen/forged check at their branch. The officer arrived and detained the suspect before she could leave. The suspect initially provided a false name but was later arrested for forgery, possession of stolen property and obstruction. She was booked into jail.

Man with hammer tased: At 1:06 p.m. in the 3900 block of Factoria Blvd. SE, a suspect locked himself in a store bathroom with a hammer. He refused employee requests to leave. He eventually came out of the bathroom but resisted arrest. Officers deployed a Taser and arrested the suspect for trespassing and obstruction.