Topic: Renton Police
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October 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Renton police are searching for a 25-year-old man who allegedly raped, kidnapped and threatened to shoot a woman Wednesday. Luis A. Martinez, of Renton, assaulted the 28-year-old woman at gunpoint, according to Renton police.
He is considered armed and dangerous, police said.
The two met up yesterday afternoon at a Renton restaurant. After a few drinks they got into her car and, while the woman was driving, Martinez “pulled out a handgun, racked the slide then told her she would be spending the day with him,” according to a Renton Police Department news release.
Martinez forced the woman to drive him to several locations and at some point he raped her, police said. During a stop at a supermarket in Kirkland, the woman managed to get away and sought help from a store employee, police said. Police say Martinez used the victim’s debit card to withdraw several hundred dollars from her account at an ATM.
Martinez took off in the woman’s car and then later abandoned it in Tukwila.
Renton police are asking for help finding Martinez. He’s described as being 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, with black hair and dark-colored eyes. He has tattoos, including a red star on the right front of his neck and a scripted word on the left side of his neck.
Anyone with information is asked to dial 911.
June 6, 2013 at 8:49 AM
Renton police and fire officials are investigating a suspicious fire early today at the Ukrainian Community Center and church.
No one was injured in the 2 a.m. blaze in the 200 block of Taylor Avenue Northwest , for which damages may exceed $750,000 from flames, smoke and water.
The fire started near a dumpster outside the church, spread up the outside wall and into an attic.
Renton Deputy Fire Chief Greg Hartman said it doesn’t appear the center was targeted because of its activities. Other arson fires have occurred in that part of town within the last few months.
KING5 has a photo of the damage.
February 16, 2013 at 10:50 AM
A felony suspect led Lynnwood police on a chase from Highway 99 to Interstate 405 Friday night, and was later arrested in Renton after a helicopter saw him and two passengers abandon his pickup.
Police said the chase began at 8:45 p.m. when the man fled as special-operations officers tried to arrest him on a felony warrant in the 15600 block of Highway 99.
The man, driving a Dodge Dakota, made his way to Interstate 405. The pursuing police cars backed off as the King County sheriff’s Guardian One helicopter spotted the truck and followed it.
Officers in the helicopter saw the truck pull onto a dead-end street in Renton and saw the driver and passengers abandon it and flee to a fast-food restaurant, where they were arrested.
The driver, who had two felony warrants and other warrants, was also booked around 9:15 on suspicion of eluding police and possessing a controlled substance. A male passenger, a convicted felon, was arrested on a felony warrant, and a female passenger was arrested on a warrant.
The Washington State Patrol and Renton police assisted in apprehending the suspects.
August 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM
A Renton police offer was injured Friday night when the driver of a pickup truck rammed into the rear of the police car.
KIRO TV reported that the 36-year-old officer was stopped at a traffic light at southbound Edmonds Avenue Northeast and Sunset Boulevard. The Chevy Avalanche, which was traveling westbound on Sunset Boulevard, turned onto Edmonds and appeared to intentionally strike the patrol car on the rear driver’s side.
The officer, who was taken to Valley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, said he didn’t see the truck coming.
Despite his injuries, the officer was able to detain the 38-year-old suspect at the site until other units arrived. The man was booked into jail for investigation of assault with a vehicle, according to KOMO TV.
May 28, 2012 at 3:50 PM
Oklahoma City Police Monday arrested the former boyfriend of a 17-year old girl who was found stabbed to death inside her Renton home Friday morning.
The Renton Police Department said Jarod Lane, 19, had been on the run since Friday morning, after authorities found the body of his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Scholl, in her burning house. Friends had said the two had dated for a couple of years and that Lane had seemed distraught over the breakup.
Renton Police said Monday that it would send two detectives to Oklahoma to question Lane.
Lane was last seen headed east from a North Bend gas station Friday morning. On Sunday, he was spotted at a Walgreens in the town of Enid, north of Oklahoma City, but had left the store before authorities arrived. On Memorial Day, he was spotted walking along a road, where he was arrested.
According to friends, Lane, who attended Renton Technical College, went to a Lindbergh High School prom with the victim last year, but the couple broke up on May 16. On his Facebook page, Lane had written that he had “fallen for a girl,” and that he “wouldn’t want it any other way for the rest of my life.”
On Sunday, Renton Police sent out a statement from her family announcing that there would be a candle light vigil at Lindbergh High later in the evening.
“We want to thank everyone for their outpouring of support,” the family’s statement read in part. “Your prayers and thoughts have brought us comfort during this time of tragedy.
“We want to thank Jessica’s classmates and teachers and all of our friends for helping us remember her. We are especially grateful to the Renton Police and Fire Departments for their response and thoroughness in their work.”
May 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM
The owner of a South Renton smoke shop was robbed inside his business Wednedsay and severely beaten in the process, Renton police say.
A video released by police showed the two suspects, identified by police as Joel White and Christopher Lockett Jr. beating owner with a stick, bottles, fists and feet.
White was arrested Friday by detectives, but Lockett remains at large.
Renton Police are asking anyone with knowledge of Lockett’s whereabouts to call 911 and consider the man violent and dangerous.
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