Stabbing, reckless gunshots keep area police busy

October 7, 2008

By Jim Feehan

One injured, one arrested following altercation

A 26-year-old Issaquah man is being held in the King County Jail after an argument early Oct. 3 tuned violent and he stabbed a 27-year-old neighbor with a broken beer bottle, police said.Santos Chavez-Vasquez was charged with first-degree assault and he is being held on $150,000 bond, said Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers.

The incident occurred shortly after 2 a.m. at the Overbrook Apartment complex, 40 Newport Way S.W. The neighbor was taken to Harborview Medical Center with cuts to the neck and face, said Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum.

The man was listed in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit Oct. 3. He was discharged from the hospital Oct. 5, said Susan Gregg-Hanson, Harborview spokeswoman.

Police were called to the apartment complex after they received a 911 hangup call from the 27-year-old’s apartment.

“This was an argument that escalated into a fight,” Behrbaum said.

The suspect was not injured in the altercation, he said.

Police had no prior calls for service to either apartment in the past, Behrbaum said.

Issaquah Police along with the Kirkland Police Department and the Coalition of Small Police Agencies Major Crime Task Force investigated the crime scene. Kirkland and the Coalition of Small Police Agencies Major Crime Task Force have a crime scene-mapping tool similar to a surveyor’s tool that Issaquah police do not have. The device is also used in traffic accident investigations, Behrbaum said.

 

37 guns found in home where shots were fired

A 38-year-old Issaquah man was arrested Sept. 27 for investigation of reckless endangerment after he shot through trees toward neighbors while children were playing in the yard, police said.

At 7:13 p.m. Sept. 27, police were called to a report of reckless shooting at 16100 Issaquah-Hobart Road. The man who was arrested called 911 10 minutes later to say that Israelis were shooting at him and that he was returning fire. Due to the report of reckless shooting and the knowledge that the man was armed and having delusional episodes, police said it did not seem safe to approach the house initially. A command post was established at the Tiger Mountain store while an action plan was formulated, said Sgt. John Urquhart, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

At 8:43 p.m., the man went to a neighbor’s house armed with a handgun. The man was acting irrationally and placed a plastic bathroom trashcan over himself. The neighbor was not harmed. Deputies later went to the man’s house and arrested him without incident.

Deputies found several windows damaged by apparent gunfire from inside the house. There was also evidence of damage to the walls, where it appeared that bullets exited the house, pushing wood outward.

Deputies found 20 rifles and 17 handguns in the man’s house. They also detected a strong odor of natural gas and hissing, caused by a leak coming from the natural gas meter near the northwest corner of the house. Fire crews responded to turn off the gas and check for danger of explosion.

In all, four deputies responded to the incident, Urquhart said.

“Reckless endangerment cases are fairly common in a county as big as ours, with people shooting where they shouldn’t be, but the sheer number of weapons and the natural gas leak is very unusual,” he said.

A 38-year-old Issaquah man was arrested Sept. 27 for investigation of reckless endangerment after he shot through trees toward neighbors while children were playing in the yard, police said.

At 7:13 p.m. Sept. 27, police were called to a report of reckless shooting at 16100 Issaquah-Hobart Road. The man who was arrested called 911 10 minutes later to say that Israelis were shooting at him and that he was returning fire. Due to the report of reckless shooting and the knowledge that the man was armed and having delusional episodes, police said it did not seem safe to approach the house initially. A command post was established at the Tiger Mountain store while an action plan was formulated, said Sgt. John Urquhart, King County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

At 8:43 p.m., the man went to a neighbor’s house armed with a handgun. The man was acting irrationally and placed a plastic bathroom trashcan over himself. The neighbor was not harmed. Deputies later went to the man’s house and arrested him without incident.

Deputies found several windows damaged by apparent gunfire from inside the house. There was also evidence of damage to the walls, where it appeared that bullets exited the house, pushing wood outward.

Deputies found 20 rifles and 17 handguns in the man’s house. They also detected a strong odor of natural gas and hissing, caused by a leak coming from the natural gas meter near the northwest corner of the house. Fire crews responded to turn off the gas and check for danger of explosion.

In all, four deputies responded to the incident, Urquhart said.

“Reckless endangerment cases are fairly common in a county as big as ours, with people shooting where they shouldn’t be, but the sheer number of weapons and the natural gas leak is very unusual,” he said.

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