A jail inmate who escaped from police in Bellevue on Jan. 31 is back in custody. According to Seattle Times news partner KING 5, Windell Downs III was arrested earlier today following a car chase. Police say he was arrested in Renton. Details of the arrest were not immediately available. Downs, 21, escaped from police outside…More
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A Bellevue police officer has been removed from the department’s bomb squad after an internal investigation determined he drove a city vehicle after consuming alcohol while off-duty. Officer Dion Robertson drove the unmarked city vehicle to two off-duty functions in November, according to the Bellevue Police Department. After consuming three beers over several hours, Robertson drove the…More
Update at 3:35 p.m.:| Bellevue police said they are also looking for escapee Downs’ girlfriend, Tanjanique Hillis, 20, on suspicion of rendering criminal assistance. Her photo is below. Original post:|If you happen to see a young man in a red jumpsuit, waist chains and leg shackles, don’t think twice — call 911. He is likely Windell Downs III,…More
Seattle won’t be the only city shopping for a new police chief this year: Bellevue’s city manager announced today that on April 15 Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo will retire, 35 years after she entered public service. Pillo is ending her 28 years at the Bellevue Police Department with plans to enjoy some sunshine in Palm…More
A Bellevue police officer charged with DUI following a traffic stop in November resigned today, Bellevue police Chief Linda Pillo said. Andrew Hanke, 38, was off-duty and on his way home when he was stopped Nov. 27 by a fellow Bellevue police officer. According to a police report, Officer Doug Brennan was also off-duty and was on his…More
UPDATE 9 a.m.:
An armed man was found dead inside a downtown Bellevue park this morning. Police say it is likely it is the suicidal man they were searching for.
Bellevue police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate said on Twitter “armed suspect found dead in Wilburton Park.”
Police have been searching for the suicidal man for more than nine hours. A portion of Main Street that had been closed during the search is back open, police said.
SWAT teams and dozens of police officers remain in downtown Bellevue this morning after a report of a possibly armed suicidal man surfaced last night, prompting the closure of a stretch of Main Street and two nearby parks.
Police were called to Wilburton Hill Park, 12400 Main St., and the nearby Bellevue Botanical Garden around 11:30 p.m. because of a report of a man threatening to kill himself. When en route to the 911 call, there was a report of gunshots in the area of the parks, said police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate. After police arrived in the area they heard more gunfire and believed they were being shot at. Nobody was hurt.
Bellevue’s SWAT team, as well as SWAT officers from other police departments, and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office helicopter were dispatched to search for the man. Nobody has seen the man, or made contact with him, since last night, Iafrate said.
Iafrate added that the search had been difficult in the dark and that they’re hoping for better results this morning. Police know who the suicidal man is; Iafrate did not have any details on whether police have previously contacted the man.
As police continue their search Main Street, from 118th Avenue Southeast to 124th Avenue Southeast, is closed. The city of Bellevue has also closed Kelsey Creek Park, which is a few blocks away, as well.
A reverse 911 call went out this morning alerting Bellevue residents to the police activity and asking them to stay out of the parks, Iafrate said. A reverse 911 system allows dispatchers to call residents in specific geographic areasMore
King County prosecutors have charged a 33-year-old Bellevue man with vehicular homicide, accusing him of driving while high on marijuana and causing the death of a motorcyclist on Oct. 4.
Caleb Floyd was arrested in connection with the death of Blake Gaston, 23, after failing field sobriety tests and other tests by a drug-recognition expert, but was released from custody two days later pending completion of the police investigation and toxicology tests on his blood, according to jail records and Bellevue police spokesman Carla Iafrate.
Late Thursday afternoon, Bellevue police were notified that prosecutors had filed the vehicular-homicide charge and a judge had issued a $100,000 warrant for Floyd’s arrest, Iafrate said. Floyd was arrested at his Bellevue residence without incident and booked into the King County Jail, she said.
According to charging documents, Floyd was driving east on Northeast 10th Street around 6 p.m. on Oct. 4 when he attempted to make a left turn onto 102nd Avenue Northeast, just as Gaston was riding west through the intersection on his 2005 KTM 450 motorcycle. All left turns at the intersection must yield to oncoming traffic, the papers say.
When Floyd failed to yield the right of way, Gaston brought his motorcycle down on his right side and skidded into the side of Floyd’s 1997 Acura CL, according to the charges. One witness saw Gaston “bounce backwards before landing on the ground,” the papers say. Gaston suffered catastrophic injuries and was pronounced dead after being transported to Overlake Hospital Medical Center.More
A Bellevue police officer who was disciplined for his drunken off-duty behavior at Seattle Seahawks game in September 2012 has been charged with misdemeanor drunk driving in an incident in which a fellow Bellevue officer stopped him for erratic driving and then allowed him to go home with a relative.
The officer who was pulled over has been identified as Andrew Hanke.
Bellevue police say on Nov. 20, an unidentified off-duty Bellevue police officer was driving home in his patrol car when he stopped a car on Interstate 90 near Issaquah to investigate the driver for possible DUI. The driver of the vehicle that was pulled over was Hanke, according to Bellevue city Prosecutor Lynn Moberly, who filed the DUI charge Thursday in King County District Court in Issaquah.
The off-duty officer did not arrest Hanke and instead allowed him to be driven home by a relative, police said.
The investigating officer notified a supervisor of the incident.
The following morning, Bellevue police Chief Linda Pillo was notified of the incident and Hanke was immediately placed on administrative leave, said Bellevue police public information Officer Seth Tyler. The department has also opened an internal investigation into the officer who stopped Hanke but did not arrest him.
“While officers are allowed some discretion during a traffic stop, the officer’s decision in this case not to make an arrest is undergoing a thorough and objective internal investigation. That investigation will determine whether the on-duty officer used poor judgment and/or failed to perform their duties,” police said in a news release.More
A 23-year-old Bellevue woman was booked into the King County Jail on investigation of domestic violence assault, accused of stabbing her mother inside their Bellevue apartment, according to police. The suspect’s 45-year-old mother was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with several non-life threatening wounds, according to police spokeswoman, Carla Iafrate. Police responded to an apartment…More
An inquest has been ordered into the fatal March 22 shooting by Bellevue police in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood. Russell Smith was shot inside a car by members of a Bellevue police SWAT team who were moving in to serve a search warrant on a home on 43rd Avenue South near South Hudson Street. Police say when he was ordered…More