UPDATE: An observant citizen recognized Pederson and Thompson from news reports while at a restaurant in Everett last night. The citizen contacted authorities, and the suspects were arrested by Snohomish County Sheriff deputies. The stolen Dodge Neon was also recovered. Pederson and Thompson were both booked into the King County Jail for felony organized retail theft.
Original post: The Bellevue Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance with locating a duo suspected in a series of thefts of expensive vitamins. Since November 2017, 39 year-old Justin Pederson 37 year-old Anita Thompson are suspected of stealing over $20,000 worth of vitamins in a crime spree spanning the entire region.
The two are suspected of targeting stores across the area, to include Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Seattle, Mercer Island, Mountlake Terrace, Tacoma, and Vancouver. Their strategy is to enter a grocery store and then place a large amount of expensive vitamins in a reusable bag and then walk out the front door.
“These types of organized retail thefts raise prices for everyone else, so we need to get these prolific thieves located and in custody”, said Officer Seth Tyler with the Bellevue Police Department.
Pederson and Thompson may be driving a stolen Dodge Neon with Washington License #ASC2943. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Pederson or Thompson may submit an anonymous tip to CrimeStoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS or by submitting a tip online. Submitting a tip to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and you’ll get a cash reward of up to $1,000 if your information leads to an arrest.
This morning at 12:44 a.m., Bellevue police responded to the area of the Red Lion Hotel located at 11211 Main Street for a report of several gunshots. At the same time, Overlake Hospital staff reported that a man was dropped off at the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Police determined that the two incidents were indeed related. Officers located several shell casings in the parking lot of the hotel, and are in the process of sorting out what happened. The man that was shot, a 22 year-old Wenatchee resident, was interviewed by Detectives and is expected to survive. No further information is available at this time, and the investigation is ongoing.
UPDATE 03/22/2018: Jonathan Tyshler was recognized for his part in saving his grandfather’s life today at an assembly at Odle Middle School. Jonathan was presented with a certificate from the California Highway Patrol by Bellevue Police school resource officer Jeff Borsheim.
Original post: A Bellevue High School student was recognized today for his heroic efforts on the side of a California freeway in 2016. On August 16, 2016, 13 year-old Daniel Tyshler was riding in a vehicle on the I-405 freeway in southern California with his 11 year-old brother Jonathan and their grandparents. Daniel and his brother were on vacation. Suddenly, and without warning, Daniel’s grandfather suffered a cardiac arrest while driving. The car veered across five lanes of traffic, narrowly missed a guardrail, and came to a stop in a grove of trees on the side of the freeway.
Daniel and his brother quickly went into action. Daniel immediately called 911, and then coached his frantic grandmother on how to turn off the engine and unlock the doors of the vehicle. Then, with the help of a citizen that had stopped, Daniel and Jonathan removed his unconscious grandfather from the vehicle and immediately began administering lifesaving CPR until first responders arrived at the scene. Responders were able to locate a pulse, and Daniel’s grandfather was transported to the hospital and made a full recovery.
Today at a student assembly at Bellevue High School, Daniel was recognized by the California Highway Patrol with a certificate of recognition for performing lifesaving medical aid. The award was presented by Bellevue Police School Resource Officer Jeff Borsheim. In the award, CHP Captain Shackleford stated: “You are being commended for your swift action, calm demeanor, and poise under pressure while saving a life.” Shackleford continued: “It takes a very special kind of person to act in the face of adversity, congratulations.”