Bellevue Police are investigating a shooting that occurred at a shopping center in the city late last night. At 11:20 p.m., Bellevue Police responded to a report of shots fired at the Kelsey Creek Shopping center, which is located at 15015 Main Street. When Officers arrived, they located a business that had the front windows shot out, and also located a parked vehicle that had been struck by gunfire.
Officers later learned that an occupied vehicle had also been hit by gunfire. Officers contacted the victim nearby and obtained a statement from her. The victim was not hit or injured, however the vehicle she was in had been struck by gunfire several times, and the side and rear windows were shot out.
The Bellevue Police department continues to investigate this incident. It is unknown at this time what the motive for the shooting was. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit a tip online.
Bellevue Police K-9 Officers and their four-legged partners were called into action twice within an hour this week, successfully locating the involved individuals in both cases.
On Sunday Morning shortly after 2 a.m., a homeowner in the Lake Hills neighborhood returned home to find a man attempting to break into their vehicle. The homeowner chased the suspect a short distance and then called 911. Bellevue Police responded, and created a perimeter around the area. Bellevue Police K-9 Officer Ben Bradley and his K-9 partner Ozzy responded to the call as well. Ozzy was able to locate the suspect a short distance away, hiding in the back yard of a nearby residence. The suspect, a 27-year-old Sammamish resident, was arrested for motor vehicle prowling second degree, malicious mischief third degree, trespass second degree, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Then, at 3 a.m., Bellevue Police received a report from a homeowner in West Bellevue reporting a man attempting to enter their garage. Officers responded, including Bellevue Police K-9 Officer Ryan Lange and his partner Ghost. A short time later, Ghost located a man matching the description provided by the homeowner. Police discovered that the man had actually been reported as a missing person by his mother earlier that evening after having suffered a mental health crisis. Officers placed the man inside a warm patrol car and had medics respond to evaluate him. The man was later returned to the care his family.
All three Bellevue Police K-9 dogs, Ozzy, Ghost, and Tyr, were purchased with funds provided by the Bellevue Police Foundation. To learn more about the Bellevue Police Foundation, please visit www.bellevuepolicefoundation.org.
Yesterday, investigators with the Bellevue Police Department arrested two suspects that were being sought in connection with a violent street robbery that occurred in Bellevue last month.
On the evening of January 1st, Bellevue Police responded to a report of a robbery in downtown Bellevue near the intersection of NE 4th Street and 108th Avenue NE. Officers contacted the three female victims, who reported that they had just been violently robbed while they were walking down the sidewalk. The victims, two Japanese foreign exchange students and one resident of Japan who was in Bellevue on vacation, said that they were walking on NE 4th Street when they noticed several males were following them. The victims stated that, without warning, the suspects attacked them from behind, pushed them to the ground, and attempted to steal their purses. Two of the victims were violently dragged several feet down the sidewalk by the suspects’ attempts to steal their purses. The suspects stole two of the victims’ purses and ripped a necklace off of the neck of the third victims. The victims received minor injuries as a result of being dragged down the sidewalk, and were treated at the scene by medics.
Detectives with the Bellevue Police Major Crimes unit, working with the Special Operations Group, identified two suspects. Those two suspects were arrested yesterday without incidents. The suspects, a 20-year-old Renton resident and an 18-year-old Auburn resident, were booked into the King County Jail for investigation of robbery, and are expected to be charged in King County Superior Court. One of the suspects is believed to have been involved in at least one additional robbery that occurred in Seattle in January.