July 24, 2013
NEW — 12:45 p.m. July 24, 2013
Issaquah police apprehended two suspects thought to be behind a string of Eastside liquor store burglaries July 21.
Officers said they arrested a 39-year-old Seattle woman and an 18-year-old SeaTac man during a traffic stop as they attempted to flee from a recent theft in town.
Detective Diego Zanella said a helpful store employee called police after recognizing the pair, who had targeted QFC and Safeway stores in Issaquah, Kirkland and Redmond.
“We had a bulletin out for their arrest,” he said, “and they were identified by the story employee.”
July 2, 2013
After many local residents raised eyebrows about its advertising, a police investigation led to a prostitution arrest June 27 at a massage parlor in the 1700 block of Newport Way Northwest.
Police said they were alerted to the possibility of nefarious business practices when signs were seen along the street marketing “Asian Girl Massage.” Issaquah officers began working with the Bellevue Police Department.
“Basically, we started the investigation when we received some complaints about how the business was advertising,” Issaquah Police Cmdr. Scott Behrbaum said. “We utilized some of the resources from the sheriff’s department and a detective from Bellevue. They were not investigating our location, but they did have a location that had some similarities.”
July 2, 2013
A number of Eastside police departments are teaming up in an effort to foster cooperative, transparent investigations into internal incidents.
Issaquah joins Bellevue, Bothell, Kirkland, Redmond, Black Diamond and Mercer Island in an interlocal agreement to share resources in investigations.
“Each party has the power, authority and responsibility to investigate officer-involved fatalities or serious incidents occurring within its boundaries,” the agreement reads. “The parties want to maintain community trust and recognize best practices when investigating such incidents by creating a King County Investigative Response Team. KCIRT will provide expert investigative aid to any party to this agreement when a party requests such aid.”
June 18, 2013
Between May 20 and June 2, extra law enforcement patrolled King County roads looking for unbuckled drivers and passengers, and motorists using their cellphones or other electronic devices.
During the patrols, 387 seatbelt infractions were written, in addition to 322 cellphone/texting or usage of other electronic device tickets, according to a news release from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.
June 4, 2013
The Issaquah Police Department is making a push for people to use its anonymous tip line.
In operation since 2008, the anonymous recording line has assisted in a number of investigations and arrests, according to Detective Diego Zanella. However, he said he believes the department can do a better job of engaging the public.
“The tips we get are really good, but they’re not enough,” he said. “It’s because people don’t know.”
April 2, 2013
A police report was filed March 26 after a stranger approached a Clark Elementary School student as the boy walked home from school.
An email sent by Principal Tod Wood described the stranger as a middle-aged man in a black/dark-gray Ford Bronco-like vehicle. He reportedly stopped and began questioning the student about what he was doing and what he had done during the day. The child ran away and notified adults; his parents later made a police report.
March 26, 2013
Eleven days after fleeing the scene of a thwarted robbery attempt at an Issaquah Arco station, a female suspect was arrested in Kenai, Alaska.
Task force members of the U.S. Marshal’s Service captured the woman on March 21, according to a release from the Issaquah Police Department. Echo Kaylee Paden, 19, of Issaquah, was charged with first-degree robbery, according to charging papers from the King County Prosecutor’s Office.
After the failed robbery, Paden fled Washington state, and efforts to locate and capture her were turned over to the marshals. An arrest warrant was issued by King County Superior Court on March 15.
March 15, 2013
When an Issaquah Police officer tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic infraction early March 15, the driver instead sped off, slammed into three parked cars and ultimately caught on fire.
At about 12:45 a.m., in the 1400 block of Northwest Sammamish Road, an officer signaled for the driver to pull over. The driver responded by turning the vehicle’s headlights off and accelerating eastbound.
The officer did not pursue the vehicle but checked the surrounding area. Upon investigation, three parked cars were found struck in the 4700 block of West Lake Sammamish Parkway Southeast and, according to a police department release, “the driver’s vehicle was fully engulfed in flames.”
March 14, 2013
NEW — 5:19 p.m. March 14, 2013
Police received a report March 14 about a woman holding two rifles walking down Newport Way near Issaquah Valley Elementary School.
In response, the school issued a lockdown at about 12:10 p.m., until authorities investigated.
Cmdr. Stan Conrad, with the Issaquah Police Department, said an officer was dispatched to the area but failed to find anyone matching the woman’s description. This afternoon, a sergeant was in the process of interviewing the individual who alerted police.
The school lifted the lockdown a half-hour later, at about 12:40 p.m.
March 5, 2013
Issaquah police arrested a 44-year-old Issaquah man Wednesday for threatening to shoot and kill a police officer.
The arrest stemmed from an incident Feb. 24, when Issaquah police stopped the man for a minor traffic violation. The man became enraged and yelled at the officer, claiming he had a 9 mm handgun with him.
The officer handcuffed the man as a precaution, and discovered a loaded 9 mm handgun in his waistband. The man had a concealed pistol license, so his handgun was returned before he was released with a warning.