September 5, 2013
NEW — 4:10 p.m. Sept. 5, 2013
Issaquah Police said they have arrested a convicted sex offender after he frightened a teenage girl Sept. 5.
The 56-year-old man, a Level 3 sex offender, was taken into custody for communications with a minor for immoral purposes, after he made lewd comments to a 16-year old girl, police said in a news release.
The girl ran and alerted her parents, who recorded the man’s license plate information and provided a description of the suspect to the police. That information assisted the police in the investigation and allowed detectives to confirm his identity.
March 23, 2011
NEW — 4 p.m. March 23, 2011
King County Sheriff’s Office and Issaquah School District officials reached out to parents Wednesday, because a registered sex offender is moving to May Valley.
The sheriff’s office is holding a sexual-offender notification meeting from 6:30-8 p.m. April 20 at Apollo Elementary School, 15025 S.E. 117th St., Renton.
The offender, Randall Eugene Berry, is moving to the 18800 block of Southeast May Valley Road. People living near Berry’s residence received mailers about the move.
Berry was charged with first-degree rape in 1984. Posing as an off-duty police officer with a fake badge, he used his vehicle’s headlights or emergency flashers to stop women who were driving alone, according to the sheriff’s office. He then told victims they had committed a traffic violation, or that they had defective vehicle equipment.
May 25, 2010
King County Sheriff’s deputies held a meeting at Newcastle City Hall on May 20 to inform residents in the city and the surrounding school districts about a newly registered Level 3 sex offender.
Joseph Pershing Hemmert, 64, lives in the 7000 block of 122nd Avenue Southeast.
A Level 3 offender is most likely to re-offend.
Hemmert was convicted of molesting an 8-year-old at a roller skating rink in 1965 and was released in 1968. In 1970, he was convicted for luring two minor girls away from a store and molesting them at his home. He was released in 1972. In 1990, he was convicted for molesting two 7-year-old boys and a 6-year-old girl at his home. He was released in 1993.
He has been known to target children between the ages of 5 and 12 and frequents areas where children congregate.
Hemmert is 5 feet, 8 inches and weighs about 250 pounds. He has green eyes and gray hair.
The Issaquah School District sent out an e-mail notice to families in the area, because Hemmert lives just outside the district boundaries.
Immediate questions should be addressed to the King County Sheriff’s Office Offender Community Awareness Program at 206-205-7948.
For more information, or to use the sex offender search tool online, go to the sheriff’s office website.
May 4, 2010
The King County Sheriff’s Office website now includes a sex offender website search that allows users to view information about sex offenders within a two-mile radius of a given address.
As a result, the Issaquah School District has slightly altered its sex offender notification system.
District officials used to send out alerts from time to time about class two and three sex offenders that had already been living near their schools for some time.
Now, district officials will send out reminders for parents to check the county’s website.
May 31, 2009
NEW — 6 a.m. May 31, 2009
King County Sheriff’s deputies will hold a sexual offender notification meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Apollo Elementary School.
The meeting is for families and community members living in the area where Randall Berry, a Level 3 sex offender, has registered. Level 3 offenders are considered to pose a high threat to reoffend if given the opportunity.
Berry is a white male, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing about 185 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair.
Berry is living in the 14600 block of Southeast Renton-Issaquah Road, within one mile of the school, 15025 S.E. 117th St., Renton.
He was convicted of first-degree rape, attempted rape and two counts of second-degree assault in 1984 for assaulting four different women.