Doubly targeted

An employee at a gas station in the 600 block of Denny Way called 911 to report that a shoplifter threatened him with a knife at 4 a.m. on June 4.

The suspect had taken a bottle of soda and a bag of potato chips from a display and was attempting to walk out with them. The clerk confronted him and demanded he pay for the items.

When a second employee approached to assist, the suspect pulled out a folding knife with a 4-inch blade and told him, “Don’t touch me, or I’ll kill you.”

The clerk grabbed a stick and told the suspect to leave the store. The suspect left with the items, valued at more than $3.

The suspect was with two others, one of whom also took a bag of chips. The group was last seen walking southbound across Denny Way.

Police responded to another incident at the same gas station later that same day.

At 8:10 p.m., the station clerk called 911 to report a man entered the store and threatened to kill him. By the time police arrived, the suspect was gone.

The clerk said the business has had problems with this particular man in the past. That evening, he walked around before approaching the clerk and whispered, “I’m going to kill you.”

The clerk told the suspect to leave the store. The suspect made a scene, and after leaving, the suspect grabbed one of the squeegees from a gas pump and forcefully threw it at the clerk. The suspect then got into his car and drove off.

Strange confrontation

Police received 911 calls about a man in the street shooting a gun at a car at 6:50 p.m. on June 3. Several officers responded to the scene, in the 3000 block of 13th Avenue West, and found the victims still in their car.

The suspect was located outside of a home on the same street.

The victims told police they’d been driving southbound on 13th Avenue West, at about 15 mph, when suddenly a man approached the car with a large revolver in his hand.

The man was approaching the vehicle in an aggressive manner when he began shooting at the vehicle at close range. After shooting at the car six times, the man pulled out a folding knife and began making slashing motions in the air.

The victims said their car never stopped moving during the incident. As a result, there was damage to the back of the car. The rear panel was dented from bullets.

During the suspect’s arrest, police found a knife in his pants pocket. He was booked into King County Jail.

Police later spoke with the suspect’s mother, who said her son has been depressed and mentioned to her that he’s been suicidal.

A neighbor told police that somebody has been climbing on his roof lately, and he thinks it might be the suspect.

Interrupted burglary

A woman called 911 on the morning of June 15th after she woke up to find a window open that she was sure she closed and locked the night before.

The woman said she was home alone in the 2300 block of Fourth Avenue North and that she checked and locked all the doors and windows before she went to bed.

She was in her bedroom at 11 p.m. the night before when heard a loud noise. She turned on some lights but did not hear anything else.

At 7:45 the following morning, the victim noticed that the kitchen window was partially open, so she called 911.

Police checked the window and found that somebody had pried the window open from the bottom wood frame.

Police determined that the burglar didn’t enter the home.

The burglar had to scale a tall fence to gain access to the backyard; police believe that is the noise that the victim heard.

Broken back door

On June 15 at 7:45 p.m., police responded to a report of a burglary at a home in the 3600 block of 35th Avenue West.

The victims told police they had been out of town. They arrived home and entered through the basement.

One of the victims later noticed that the front door was open and thought he had just accidentally left it open when they left.

The victim then walked into the kitchen and noticed that the back door was broken. There were pry marks on the side door, along with one on a kitchen window. It looked like the burglar rammed the door from the outside, causing the wood to split near the deadbolt.

Though drawers and closets had been opened, the victim said he didn’t notice that anything was missing.