Officer dies from his injuries

UPDATE: The Bellevue Police Foundation is accepting donations to support the Jackson family during this tragedy and beyond. If you would like to help, you can donate here.

Officer Jordan Jackson

We are saddened to report that 34-year-old Officer Jordan Jackson died from his injuries in a collision early Monday morning while on duty. Officer Jackson has been a valuable member of the Bellevue Police Department since 2018. After two years on the force, Jackson transferred to the traffic unit as a motorcycle officer. He was recently honored as employee of the quarter for his excellent quality of work and service to the community. His supervisor commended Jackson for his leadership in the department and eagerness to take on additional responsibility.

“We are devastated by Officer Jackson’s tragic death,” said Chief Wendell Shirley. “Our hearts go out to his wife, two children, his family and friends, and extended BPD family as they grieve. This is a huge loss for the entire community.”

Before becoming a police officer in March 2018, Jackson was an EMT, volunteer firefighter, and a member of the King County Sheriff’s Officer Search and Rescue Volunteer K-9 Unit.

Officer Jackson was born in Spokane, raised in Bellevue and graduated from Issaquah High School and Central Washington University. He leaves behind his wife and two young children.

Funeral arrangements are underway and will be announced once they are finalized.

Homicide investigation update

Detectives spent 14 hours processing the scene and canvassing the area for witnesses. They learned the victim was a 30-year-old local man with an unknown address, who had recently moved multiple times. Investigators were able to serve a search warrant on the car and gathered significant evidence, which they continue to process. Currently, they do not have any suspects and are searching for other potential witnesses. If you heard or saw anything just before 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning in the 14400 block of NE 35th St, please contact detectives at BPDTips@bellevuewa.gov.

Homicide investigation

Detectives are investigating a shooting overnight that left one male victim dead. Officers responded to calls of shots fired in the 14400 block of NE 35th St. just before 4:00 a.m. Witnesses reported hearing several gunshots and then heard a crash. Arriving officers located a car that had crashed into another vehicle in a parking lot and discovered the victim inside. This is an active and ongoing investigation, and there are no further details at this time.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Bellevue Police Department and our Advisory Councils stand with our transgender community as we acknowledge both Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance, Sunday, November 20th. The week of November 13-19 has been nationally recognized since 1999 to honor the experiences of transgender individuals, especially transgender people of color, disproportionately impacted by anti-trans violence. As a city that welcomes the world, the Bellevue Police Department and our LGBTQ Advisory Council are proudly committed to raising awareness and visibility for transgender and gender non-conforming communities. To learn more about LGBTQ visibility within the department, visit our Advisory Council webpage – https://bit.ly/BPDAdvisoryCouncil.

Suspect pleads guilty in fentanyl death

28-year-old Ryuji Kawashima pled guilty as charged to Controlled Substances Homicide for the overdose death of his 26-year-old friend on June 12, 2020.  The victim died after taking what he thought was a Percocet pill but turned out to be fentanyl. Investigators say the victim purchased pills from the suspect the night he died. The victim and his girlfriend both consumed the pills, yet only the victim’s pill had a fatal dose of fentanyl.

Suspect fentanyl laced tablets recovered from the suspect

“This case shows you how dangerous illegal fentanyl-laced drugs are,” warned Captain Shelby Shearer. “The victim purchased at least two pills. He took one and his girlfriend took the other, and he died. You must assume that unless you get your pain medication from a pharmacy, it’s likely laced with fentanyl, and that can be deadly.”

Over nearly eight months, Bellevue detectives investigated this alleged drug dealer. Ultimately, on March 17, 2021, detectives had enough evidence for probable cause to arrest the suspect on investigation of Controlled Substances Homicide. Officers recovered ten suspected fentanyl-laced Percocet M30 pills after his arrest.  The suspect says he knew the victim because they had played football together for four years in Bellevue. The charges alleged the suspect kept selling fentanyl-laced pills even after his friend’s overdose death.

“Controlled Substances Homicide cases are incredibly time-consuming and difficult to prove,” Shearer stated. “You must prove the victim got the drugs from the suspect and that it was those drugs that killed them. This successful prosecution is a credit to the Bellevue police patrol officers who initially investigated and our detectives who were able to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Bellevue detectives worked closely with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to ensure the successful prosecution. Kawashima pled guilty to Controlled Substances Homicide.

This is the first Controlled Substances Homicide guilty plea in King County in the last 18 years.

Suspect in carjacking spree in custody 

Bellevue police responded to reports of an armed robbery at a Bellevue Square parking garage just before 12:30 Monday afternoon. The victim reported that as the suspect stole her purse, he allegedly fired his gun at her. The then stole her car and sped off in it. Fortunately, she was not injured.

Officers spotted the suspect as he sped across the 520 bridge, hitting two vehicles, and then drove into the Eastlake area of Seattle. Shortly after that, Seattle Police received a report of a carjacking and shooting there.

Kent Police notified Bellevue and Seattle that they had a carjacking in Kent earlier this morning and the suspect’s description matched the Bellevue case. Bellevue police detectives recovered the stolen grey sedan at the scene that had been carjacked earlier in Kent. 

Within about two hours of the Bellevue carjacking, Kent police arrested the suspect.

The investigation is ongoing.

Case # 22-60840

Detectives halt burglary/theft ring

Bellevue police detectives have arrested three people on investigation of a combined 20 charges, including burglary, car theft and identity theft. Initially, patrol officers investigated a burglary on September 15, 2022, where suspects stole $5,000 from a business in the 100 block of Bellevue Way.

Days later, the officer recognized the two suspects from surveillance video. Once the suspects were identified, that launched a larger investigation.

Detectives began to monitor the suspects and were able to connect them to two additional burglaries a few weeks later. Following the suspects’ arrest, officers recovered credit cards, dozens of restaurant gift cards, miscellaneous key sets, car key fobs and bolt cutters.

Investigators then backtracked to the businesses where the gift cards were from and tied the suspects to burglaries there through surveillance video. They did the same with the credit cards and key fobs and connected them to the car and ID thefts. Detectives identified six businesses and three car dealerships that were victimized.

All three vehicles and many of the stolen items were recovered and returned to their owners.

The King County Prosecutor’s office has charged Alexander Swanger with eight counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and three counts of Motor Vehicle Theft. Samuel Morris has been charged with four counts of Burglary in the Second Degree and two counts of Motor Vehicle Theft. Kelsey Arias has been charged with one count of Burglary in the Second Degree.

Case # 22-57416

Assistant Chief Patrick Arpin retires

After a distinguished, nearly 35-year career with the Bellevue Police Department, Assistant Chief Patrick Arpin is retiring. AC Arpin began his law enforcement career with Bellevue after graduating from the University of Washington in 1988. He worked his way up through the ranks, first serving as a Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician and Crisis Negotiator for 19 years. AC Arpin especially enjoyed his assignment as a bike patrol officer and was an original member of the department’s Special Enforcement Team. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2004, Captain in 2010, major in 2013 and deputy/assistant chief in 2016.

“Patrick dedicated his entire career to serving the Bellevue community, and we are grateful to him for that,” said Chief Wendell Shirley. “He has been a wise advisor and valuable resource to me over the past year. His extensive institutional knowledge and caring mentorship are a loss for the department. We’re going to miss him.”

Throughout his career, Arpin received many commendations, including the Commander’s Award and two lifesaving awards.

AC Arpin will continue his volunteer work with the Bellevue Boys and Girls club and looks forward to traveling, doing home projects and rooting on his beloved UW Huskies, Mariners and Seahawks.

Thank you for your service, AC Arpin!

Gun recovered, two arrested for theft

Recovered loaded gun and ammunition

Officers recovered a loaded handgun with extra ammunition after arresting two shoplifting suspects Wednesday morning. The 35-year-old male and 34-year-old female are accused of stealing approximately $500 worth of merchandise from O’Reilly’s in Factoria, then fleeing in a stolen Dodge Charger. Detectives followed the car on traffic cameras to Marshalls on 148th Ave NE, where someone flagged officers down to report the pair stealing from that store.

Theft suspects

Officers approached the two as they left the store, the female gave up, and the male took off running. Eventually, he was taken into custody. The O’Reilly’s property was recovered and returned to the store.

Following the arrests, officers learned the male suspect is a convicted felon, and it is illegal for him to possess a firearm. He also had someone else’s social security card.

Both are suspects in thefts in Bonney Lake.

Case # 22-54651

Stabbing investigation

A 30-year-old male is in custody on investigation of assault following a stabbing in the Overlake area this morning near 148th Ave NE and NE 24th St. Just before 8:00 am, officers received a call that a person was stabbed multiple times and the suspect was seen walking away from the area.

Officers immediately helped the 34-year-old male victim with his wounds until medics arrived and transported him to the hospital with serious injuries. Officers saturated the area searching for the suspect. In less than two hours, a Redmond police officer spotted someone matching the suspect’s description outside the Overlake Safeway, about two blocks from the crime scene. The suspect was quickly identified and arrested. He had placed socks over his distinctive shoes in an effort to avoid identification.

After his arrest, officers discovered the suspect had a no-bail Department of Corrections warrant out for his arrest for Escape Community Custody.

Case # 22-54472