KPD Blotter: Drunken Man Wanders in Traffic, Exposes Himself in Lover's Store

In other cases, a homeless man was arrested for assault at Tent City 4 and multiple car prowl thefts were reported; on one case, a man lost eight 20-round magazines for an AR15 assault rifle.


Editor’s Note: Kirkland police are noting a recent spike in car prowl cases -- including at least 16 cases during the period of Nov. 1-7 -- and are urging residents to take the following preventative steps. Never leave your car unlocked. Remove all valuables whenever possible, and if not, put them in the trunk, never in plain sight. Park in a well-lit spot if possible. Car alarms do help prevent car prowl thefts, especially vehicles with a alarm sticker in the window. If you see anything suspicious, call 911.


The following are selected reports from the Kirkland Police Department for the period of Nov. 1-7. The reports do not indicate a conviction.

Nov. 1

  • A 41-year-old Seattle man was arrested after allegedly stumbling drunkenly in traffic on NE 85th Street on Rose Hill and then walking into the nearby Lovers Package store, where he allegedly began exposing himself. No witnesses remained present to charge the man for exposing himself, but there were witnesses for charging him with disorderly conduct. It all happened between 5:10 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
  • Two overnight car prowls were reported, the worst on 11th Avenue in the West of Market Neighborhood, in which a 34-year-old Olympia man left his car unlocked and lost his wallet, $300 cash, credit cards, license, unspecified medication, a Netbook computer and a GPS unit. In the other case, on 107th Place in Juanita, a 29-year-old woman lost a laptop computer.

Nov. 2

  • Police arrested a 44-year-old homeless resident of Tent City 4 at St. John Vianney Church on Finn Hill after he allegedly assaulted another camp resident, a 52-year-old man, at about 4:30 p.m. Police found the suspect also had outstanding arrest warrants.
  • A 22-year-old Kirkland woman who parked her car at Heritage Park on Waverly Way during the evening lost a GPS unit and Nikon camera when a car prowler smashed in the driver’s side window.

Nov. 3

  • Stolen during a burglary at a house on Finn Hill’s 80th Avenue NE sometime between 1 p.m. and midnight were a computer tower and monitor, 32-26-inch flat screen television, a bowl of change, a bottle of antidepressant pills and a pillow case. The 54-year-old male residents called police after returning home just after midnight. The report did not mention how the thief or thieves got in the house.

Nov. 4

  • Five car prowls were reported, three in the Norkirk area, one in Juanita near A.G. Bell Elementary and one on Finn Hill. In the worst case, a 66-year-old Seattle man lost a Kindle and GPS unit while his vehicle was parked on 17th Avenue in the Norkirk area. In the Finn Hill case, the prowlers did not get in, but damaged a lock so the owner could not get inside his vehicle.

Nov. 5

  • A 71-year-old resident of east Finn Hill called police after he and his 72-year-old wife were angrily confronted by a 52-year-old female neighbor while on a walk in the neighborhood. The neighbor apparently objected to the couple looking at her son’s car. The man wanted the incident documented and told police that the woman has multiple neighbors frightened. Police took no action, but provided the man with information about obtaining an anti-harassment order.
  • Saying her neighbor ran over three of her rhododendron bushes sometime over the previous two days, a 61-year-old woman who lives in 2nd Street in the Forbes Creek area demanded police take a report on the incident.
  • Three car prowls were reported, two on 108th Avenue in Juanita near A.G. Bell Elementary and one in the Norkirk neighborhood. In one of the Juanita cases, a 39-year-old man lost a tee-shirt, tire iron and his wallet, with credit cards and his license inside. A small black knife that did not belong to the man was found in the vehicle, and police were able to lift fingerprints. In the other Juanita case, a 48-year-old woman left her car unlocked and lost an iPod worth $250. In the Norkirk case, a 40-year-old man who lives on 9th Avenue lost an iPad, television and laptop computer; a tool was used to get inside, causing damage to the door handle

Nov. 6

  • A 14-year-old male patient at Fairfax behavioral hospital’s school in north Juanita was arrested for harassment at about 2 p.m. after threatening three staff members, two men and a woman. Police kept as evidence a foam baseball bat.

Nov. 7

  • Five overnight car prowls were reported, all within a three-block area in Juanita around NE 119th and NE 120th. In four of the cases the vehicles were left unlocked and in three nothing was taken; in the other several expensive construction tools were stolen. Details were not provided on how the thief got in the other vehicle, but a 51-year-old Redmond man who left his car parked on 119th lost a camera and eight 20-round magazines for an AR15 assault rifle.
  • An adult male suspect who could not be located kicked the driver’s door of an Acura belonging to a 23-year-old Kirkland man just after 6 p.m. along NE 124th Street in the Totem Lake area.


Kirkland Police Department contact information:

  • Emergency: 911
  • Non-emergency: 425-577-5656.
Greg Johnston November 17, 2012 at 09:07 PM
You forgot the eight 20-round AR15 magazines taken from an unlocked rig. Some of these cars were left unlocked overnight, too, full of stuff. People, please lock your cars, take out the valuables!
John L Peterson November 18, 2012 at 03:24 AM
The "AR-15" is simply a Colt registered trademark, which refers only to the semi-automatic rifle. It is not capable of automatic fire and therefore does not qualify as a "assault rifle". Currently, actual assault rifles are illegal for public ownership unless one has a one of the special federal firearms licenses that allow ownership and sales of such weapons. I wish the media would report the terms correctly. A semi automatic weapon in NOT an assault rifle. Weapons like the M-16 are assault rifles and have select fire that allows for different firing modes that include fully automatic fire (it continues to fire as long as the trigger is depressed, or the magazine empties). The use of the term assault rifle just because a weapon looks like the military version is incorrect and misleading to the public, Shame on the media. Report facts not fiction
Greg Johnston November 18, 2012 at 04:04 AM
John, my son carried the military version of the AR15 in Afghanistan, I think the M4, it was not capable of fully auto fire, just burst fire. That's the only difference. You can define it more specifically if you want, but to me the fact that the only difference between the two is that one will fire short bursts and the other is semi-auto doesn't disqualify the AR15 from being called an assault rifle. It's the same weapon with one minor difference.
Toby Nixon November 18, 2012 at 05:31 AM
Another small tip -- if you're going to put valuables in your trunk, don't wait to do it after you've arrived at your destination; the thieves could already be watching, and you would have just showed them where the good stuff is.
Greg Johnston November 18, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Good advice Councilman Nixon, thanks!


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