Road rage

Police responded at 8:47 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 5, to a road rage incident in the intersection of East Pine Street and Broadway Avenue East.

A witness called 911 to report a blue Ford SUV was repeatedly ramming into a gold Kia. The suspect was gone when officers arrived. They spoke with the victim, who said he’d accidently cut the suspect off in the intersection of 10th Avenue East and East Pine Street. The suspect began following the victim.

When he came to a stop at Broadway, the suspect got out of the car and approached the driver’s side window and began pounding on the car. The suspect later got back into his car and started ramming into the back of the victim’s vehicle. The victim drove away, and the suspect continued eastbound on East Pine.

A witness took a picture of the suspect’s license plate and gave it to police. That same witness told police she’d heard the suspect pounding on the victim’s window and yelling. She said she stood in front of the suspect’s car at one point in an effort to get him to calm down, but the suspect threatened to run her over if she didn’t move. 

Responding officers ran the suspect’s license plate and attempted to contact him at the listed address, but he wasn’t home.

Failed robbery                

Police responded at 5:19 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, to an attempted robbery at East John Street and Summit Avenue East.

The victim said he was walking home from work on the north side of East John Street near Summit Slope Park when a suspect popped out and shoved him from behind. The victim said he maintained his balance and turned to face the suspect. The suspect demanded the victim hand him his bag several times until the victim said he was going to call 911. The suspect turned around and walked away on East Olive Way.

The victim gave police a description of the suspect, but he could not be located.

Punching rampage                

Police responded at 8:06 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 10, to 911 reports that a man had gone on a punching spree in the 1400 block of Broadway Avenue East, striking several people in the face at random.

Officers arrived to find witnesses holding down the suspect, who was arrested and later charged with robbery, assault and property damage.

Employees of a store on the block reported the suspect came in and took a six-pack of beer without paying for it. As he attempted to exit the store, an employee blocked his path. He swung the beer at the employee, hitting him in the face. He then threw a beer can at the electrical panel that controls the automatic doors. The beer broke the panel causing between $600 and $1,000 worth of damage. The suspect then exited the store and punched a woman walking westbound on East Pike Street in the face. The suspect continued on, later striking a bike messenger in the side of the face as he was riding by at Broadway Avenue East and East Pike Street. The bike messenger responded by riding after the suspect and tackling him. He held the suspect down until police arrived. 

Coffee shop meltdown

A police officer observed an assault on a barista at a coffee shop in the 1600 block of East Olive Way at 7:08 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13.

The officer initially responded to the shop after an employee called 911 to report a trespassing incident. The officer was inside the shop when he witnessed a suspect yell an expletive at a barista and throw a full cup of coffee at him. The victim was able to duck out of the way, and the cup hit another person in the back, exploding coffee all over the shop.

The suspect continued to yell as he was placed under arrest. A routine records check revealed the suspect had been criminally trespassed from the shop on Jan. 27.

A witness told police the suspect’s rage was set off after the victim told him he could not sleep on the coffee shop property. Nobody was injured during the incident.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for assault, unlawful use of weapons and trespassing.

Low pay off                 

Police responded at 11:13 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, to a burglary at a store in the 700 block of East Pike Street.

Responding officers found the front glass door broken. They searched the building and found nobody inside. The storeowners responded to the scene and said all the cash — about $10 dollars — was taken from the register. The victims said nothing else was taken from the store.