Sticks and Stones           

Police responded at 2:58 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, to an assault at a store in the 1500 block of East Madison Street.

A store employee reported that about 10 minutes prior to police responding a suspect opened the front door and threw a rock at him. The rock missed the employee and hit a freezer door; no damage was done.

The employee told police the suspect loiters outside the store from time to time, and that nothing happened to provoke the rock throwing.

Forceful shoplifter          

Police responded at 1:22 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, to a store in the 1400 block of Broadway Avenue East after employees called 911 to report a suspect was fighting with store security at the checkout aisle.

Responding officers found the suspect pinned to the ground by two employees. The store security officer said he watched the suspect conceal several items inside their clothing before trying to walk out the door. The security officer stopped the suspect at the door and asked for the stolen items back. The suspect attempted to push past the security officer, and a scuffle ensued.

During the scuffle the suspect bit one of the employees on the ankle, breaking the skin. Once the suspect was under control, police recovered the following items: two boxes of maxi pads, a bottle of Caress body wash and three bottles of Dove body wash. A bag of suspected crack was also recovered from the suspect. The bag was brought back to the East Precinct, where it tested positive as crack cocaine.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for robbery and possession of a controlled substance.

Weed grab           

Police responded at 8:26 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, to a reported robbery on the sidewalk at 15th Avenue East and East Republican Street.

The victim said she’d just come out of a pot store and was walking down the sidewalk with her friend when two men approached, one of them grabbing the paper bag containing her recent $60 purchase of marijuana from her hands. She said the suspect also grabbed her in the process, and the force knocked her cellphone out of her pocket. The suspect was last seen running westbound on East Republican Street. The other suspect lingered on the corner before slowly walking away southbound on 15th Avenue East.

Not a prank          

Police responded at 9:25 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, to a robbery report at a store in the 500 block of Broadway East.

The clerk told officers the suspect walked into the store with his jacket covering half of his face and handed a note to the clerk stating, “This is a prank.” The clerk told the suspect it was a bad prank and that he should leave. He took the note back and said, “Give me the money.” He kept his hands in his pockets and the clerk feared he might have a weapon.

The clerk reported he gave the suspect about $3,500. Witnesses said they saw the suspect enter and exit the store, but didn’t see the robbery take place. They said the suspect headed westbound after exiting the store.

Police were unable to locate the suspect.

Phone thief           

Police responded at 5:26 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, to the 1700 block of Broadway Avenue East for a robbery report.

The victim and a witness said the victim was attacked in the park by two of their acquaintances. They’d been in a bar with the acquaintances and the victim was in an argument with one of them earlier in the evening. As they were walking through the park, one of the suspects punched the victim in the back of his head, causing him to fall over. The second suspect ran over and grabbed the victim’s phone, which had fallen out of his pocket. The suspects eventually left the park and walked back toward the bar they’d come from.

Responding officers found the suspects at 12th Avenue East and East Howell Street. They were arrested and booked into King County Jail for felony robbery. One of the suspects had tools for burglary on his person.

Repeat thief          

Employees at a store in the 1400 block of Broadway East called 911 at 4:14 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, to report a shoplifter was fighting with security. When officers arrived, they took the suspect into custody and spoke with security.

The security officer told police the same suspect was caught shoplifting the night before and was criminally trespassed from the store. Today the suspect came back in the store and shoplifted two packaged cakes and a stick of deodorant.

When stopped by security, the suspect tried to run away and fought the employee. The suspect was arrested and booked into King County Jail for robbery, because he fought the employee to keep the stolen items, and burglary, because he came into the store in violation of a criminal trespass and stole.

While searching the suspect’s person, officers found two stolen credit cards and a stolen driver’s license.