FBI: Violent crime increased, property crime declined in Issaquah

September 15, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 1 p.m. Sept. 15, 2010

Violent crimes in Issaquah inched upward last year, but property crimes made a sharp drop from 2008 levels.

FBI crime figures released Monday show 19 violent crimes and 633 property crimes reported in Issaquah last year. People reported 17 violent crimes and 814 property crimes to the Issaquah Police Department in 2008. The slight rise in violent crime marks a five-year high.

Violent crime is identified as murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The breakdown for last year shows no murders, four forcible rapes, nine robberies and six aggravated assaults.

Police recorded a murder, a rape, six robberies and nine aggravated assaults in 2008.

Property crime is identified as burglary, theft, auto theft and arson. The incidents reported last year included 51 burglaries, 531 incidences of larceny or theft, 51 auto thefts and four arson cases. Theft remained the most common property crime.

Police recorded 103 burglaries, 638 incidents of larceny or theft, 73 auto thefts and three arson cases in 2008.

Compare Issaquah to other Washington cities here.

The latest crime figures show a near-unbroken string of murder-free years in Issaquah. Statistics from the bureau showed no murders in the city from 2005 to 2007.

The lone 2008 murder occurred in the 600 block of Front Street South, after a 19-year-old woman stabbed her 21-year-old boyfriend in the chest, and then dropped him off at the Swedish Medical Center standalone Issaquah emergency room. The man, Tomasz Matczak, later died from the wound.

The death marked the first such incident in Issaquah since 2003.

Investigators later determined the woman had acted in self-defense, but FBI recorder the incident as a murder or non-negligent manslaughter.

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