Bellevue Police Make Over 100 Arrests in Weeklong Sting

Police Target Sex Buyers in Ongoing Effort to Curb Human Trafficking

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Today, investigators with the Bellevue Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office concluded a large scale undercover operation aimed at targeting online buyers of sex in King County. The investigation, dubbed “Operation On Demand”, resulted in the arrest of over 100 individuals for soliciting prostitution. Those individuals are expected to be charged by Bellevue city prosecutors with soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor, beginning this afternoon.

Law enforcement throughout King County has been targeting buyers of sex as part of an ongoing push to reduce the demand for prostitution with the goal being to reduce human trafficking in our region. Demand reduction has been proven to be an effective method of reducing the demand for prostitution and the demand for trafficked sex workers.

“A year ago, the Bellevue Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office dismantled a large scale human trafficking ring,” said Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett. “This operation is a continuation of our effort to eradicate human trafficking crimes. We will continue to devote our combined resources to combat this plague.”

This investigation was a joint operation involving the Bellevue Police Department, King County Sheriff’s Office, NORCOM 911, the Washington State Fusion Center, and the City of Bellevue Prosecutor’s Office.

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Bellevue Prosecutor Stephen Penner prepares to file charges against several men who were arrested during this week’s operation
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Captain Marcia Harnden (front) works with other investigators in the command center for this week’s operation

Students back on the road Thursday for first day of school

Students back on the road Thursday for first day of school
Taking the kids to schoolStudents in the Bellevue School District head back to class on Thursday, Aug. 31, to begin the 2017-2018 school year. Bellevue’s Police and Transportation departments coordinate with the school district to make sure students, parents and commuters can reach their destinations safely.

Start times vary by school; the district has the details. Allowing a little extra time to reach schools and jobs is recommended, especially for the first few days of the school year.

Bellevue Police remind motorists that when yellow lights are flashing in school speed zones, the speed limit is reduced to 20 mph. In other school zones, the 20-mph limit is in effect when children are present, so be prepared to slow down and watch out for students. Also, remember to stop for school buses when lights are flashing or the stop sign is out — or be prepared to pay a substantial fine.

The city’s photo enforcement cameras will operate during school hours at Odle Middle School, Lake Hills Elementary School and Sunset Elementary School.

Here are some safety tips for drivers and pedestrians from the Bellevue Police Department:

  • Slow down in school zones. The stopping distance of a vehicle traveling 30 mph is nearly twice the stopping distance of a vehicle traveling 20 mph.
  • Pay attention while driving. The state’s new distracted driving law went into effect on July 23, making it illegal to use a handheld personal electronic device while driving, even when stopped at a traffic sign or signal or stuck in traffic.
  • Watch for pedestrians when entering a school driveway or turning a corner.
  • Stop for children and other pedestrians getting on and off school buses. It’s unlawful to pass a school bus when the red lights are flashing.
  • Stop behind the crosswalk at intersections to allow room for pedestrians. Pedestrians should use crosswalks and cross with the crossing sign or light.
  • If your kids walk to school, make sure they know the rules of the road and your expectations.

Selected Bellevue Crime Reports For August 7-13

Below are selected crime reports for the week of July 17th, 2017. This is not a comprehensive list of incidents in Bellevue. For more information, please visit our online crime map.

08/07/2017

 TIME

01: 05

 CONTACT TYPE

trespass

 LOCATION

3800 blk Factoria Blvd SE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-41655

 
 NARRATIVE

Subjects involved in a disturbance/ possible DV. Both subject were trespassed however male suspect refused to comply with directions to leave the area and was arrested for trespass and.   Female subject was found to have entered the bar with false ID (18 years old) and was issued a summons for MIP. While Officers were at the scene, another drunk patron pulled down and damaged a handicap sign while attempting demonstrating “pole dancing” skills to his friends. That subject was detained and summoned for Malicious mischief. Report forwarded to Liquor control board for possible over service complaint.

 TIME

13: 00

 CONTACT TYPE

Warrant

 LOCATION

100 blk 124 Ave Ne

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-41725

 NARRATIVE

Officer observed a broken down car and contacted the driver. Driver was later arrested for an outstanding arrest warrant.

 TIME

23: 13

 CONTACT TYPE

BURGLARY

 LOCATION

13200 blk Spring St.

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-41831

 NARRATIVE

Unknown suspect entered fenced area surrounding a building belonging to Sound Transit.  The suspect sawed through metal conduit, cut off several strands of copper high voltage power line and fled the scene.

 08/08/2017

 TIME

02: 20

 CONTACT TYPE

Theft, obstructing, Assault

 LOCATION

300 blk Bellevue Way

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-41854

 NARRATIVE

At 0220 hours, Officers contacted a suspect after they observed him steal water from the grocery store.   During the contact, the suspect denied any wrongdoing and refused to identify himself to officers. The suspect suddenly got up and attempted to leave. Both officers attempted to detain him for the theft and he resisted arrest and later escaped on his skateboard.   A perimeter was established and Ofc. Bradley and K9 Ozzie located suspect’s skateboard however the suspect was not located.

 TIME

15: 46

 CONTACT TYPE

Assist

 LOCATION

900 blk 110th Ave. NE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

Kirkland 17-27458

 SUBJECT INFO (REDACTABLE)
 NARRATIVE

Bellevue officers assisted Kirkland P.D. with a traffic stop after it was determined that the driver of a vehicle had an outstanding warrant for 1st degree molestation of a child.  He was taken into custody without incident and booked by KPD.  There were no charges in Bellevue.

 08/09/2017

 TIME

01: 39

 CONTACT TYPE

Warrants

 LOCATION

Lakemont Blvd / SE Newport Way

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42104

 NARRATIVE

Officer ran the vehicle’s license plate while driving down the road, and discovered that the registered owner had a Felony DV Assault 2 warrant out of Seattle with $75,075 bail.  Officer stopped the vehicle, positively identified the Suspect, and arrested him on his warrant without incident.

 TIME

10: 12

 CONTACT TYPE

MV Theft

 LOCATION

3000 blk 148th Ave SE (Michael’s Toyota)

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42156

 NARRATIVE

Suspect stole a vehicle from the dealership while two motorcycle Officers were in the parking lot dealing with an unrelated accident.  They caught up with subject who was intermittently stopping and continuing as he headed north on 148th Ave NE and not yielding but not driving above the speed limit.  This continued with Officers converging at the suspect’s location at 148th and Main where he was stopped for traffic.  Officer deployed a spike strip in front of the stolen vehicle.  Suspect then drove over it and then rammed the citizen vehicle in front.  Officers unsuccessfully attempted to break windows of the vehicle since suspect refused to comply with orders to get out of vehicle.  Suspect then backed into Officer’s parked motorcycle knocking it over.  Suspect then proceeded north two blocks before stopping and giving up to Officers.  Suspect was taken into custody without further incident.

 TIME

13: 09

 CONTACT TYPE

Assault

 LOCATION

3700 blk Factoria Blvd. SE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42183

 SUBJECT INFO (REDACTABLE)
 NARRATIVE

Two subjects became involved in a road rage altercation.  The suspect walked aggressively towards the victim’s vehicle and was pepper sprayed by the victim who felt threatened.  The suspect continued towards the victim and struck him several times, which caused a black eye.  The suspect was arrested and booked for assault 4th degree.

 TIME

12: 09

 CONTACT TYPE

Warrant arrest

 LOCATION

2000 blk 148th Ave. NE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42173

 NARRATIVE

Officer contacted a subject whom he later determined that had two outstanding warrants. Suspect was arrested and booked.

 TIME

13: 39

 CONTACT TYPE

Hit & Run/DUI

 LOCATION

10200 blk NE 8th St.

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42189

 NARRATIVE

The suspect struck multiple vehicles while leaving a parking lot in the downtown area.  He then failed to yield when an Officer initiated a traffic stop a few minutes later.  Another Officer located the suspect vehicle, which was southbound on I-405 and conducted a traffic stop in Renton.  The suspect was determined to be intoxicated and he was booked and transported to Bellevue Booking for processing.

 TIME

22: 24

 CONTACT TYPE

Assault 4 / Trespass

 LOCATION

2400 blk 148th Ave SE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42289

 NARRATIVE

Victim was leaving a soccer game at the park when he was involved in a disturbance with a group of young One suspect was located and arrested for assault & trespass.

 08/10/2017

 TIME

01: 13

 CONTACT TYPE

DV Assault 4

 LOCATION

4000 blk 149th Ave SE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42326

 SUBJECT INFO (REDACTABLE)
 NARRATIVE

Drunk adult son grabbed telephone from his mother/victim, who was already using the phone. Victim grabbed the phone back, and a tussle ensued over the phone during which son assaulted mom. Suspect booked into jail for DV Assault 4.

 TIME

14: 30

 CONTACT TYPE

Criminal Impersonation

 LOCATION

10100 blk NE 8th St.

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42490

 NARRATIVE

The suspect approached a mother & daughter at a store and attempted to get the 19 year old daughter’s phone number.  During the contact, the suspect indicated that he was a law enforcement officer and he flashed a badge that was under his shirt.  The victims left the area and later reported the incident at the Crossroads substation. Investigation is ongoing.

 TIME

16: 07

 CONTACT TYPE

Warrant

 LOCATION

100 blk 148th Ave. SE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42486

 NARRATIVE

Subject was placed under arrest by officers after it was confirmed that he had a warrant out of Missouri for fraud with full extradition.  He was subsequently transported and booked into jail to be transported back to Missouri.

 08/11/2017

 TIME

12: 19

 CONTACT TYPE

DV Assault

 LOCATION

16000 blk SE 10th ST

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42653

 NARRATIVE

Suspect was arrested after he assaulted his girlfriend. Booked into Jail.

 TIME

13: 19

 CONTACT TYPE

Criminal Trespass

 LOCATION

300 blk 120th AVE NE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42668

 NARRATIVE

Loss prevention reported that a subject was lurking around the store with power tools and requested he be issued a notice of trespass.  Upon contact it was found he’d previously been trespassed in July from the store for theft.  He was arrested for criminal trespassing 1st degree.

 TIME

19: 30

 CONTACT TYPE

Burglary / Organized Retail Theft

 LOCATION

5th Ave / Pine St. (Seattle)

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-39967

 NARRATIVE

The Downtown Unit developed probable cause that the suspect had committed a commercial burglary in Bellevue.  The suspect has been involved in 8 separate burglary cases in Bellevue within the past 8 months.  The Downtown Unit with the assistance of King County Metro Sheriff’s Deputies arrested the suspect in downtown Seattle.

 08/12/2017

 TIME

13: 32

 CONTACT TYPE

DV Assault 4

 LOCATION

14700 blk NE 4th Pl.

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-42909

 NARRATIVE

Officers responded to the residence for a physical disturbance.  Upon arrival, officers located a mother and father restraining their son on the ground in an effort to keep him from harming himself.  The son was quickly detained by Officers.

08/13/2017

 TIME

01: 39

 CONTACT TYPE

Hit and Run

 LOCATION

1600 blk 156th Ave NE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-43013

 NARRATIVE

Suspect was traveling N/B on 156th Ave  when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a brick wall in front of the apartments.  Suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled to his residence.   Officer contacted him at his residence and he admitted to driving and fleeing the scene of the accident.  Suspect was issued a summons for Hit and Run.

 TIME

04: 36

 CONTACT TYPE

DV ASSAULT /CPS

 LOCATION

12200 blk SE 60th ST

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-43025

 NARRATIVE

Suspect and girlfriend were involved in a physical fight.   Suspect was arrested for DV assault and booked into jail.

 TIME

11: 15

 CONTACT TYPE

Missing Person

 LOCATION

5000 blk 139th PL SE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-43050

 NARRATIVE

Missing person walked away from his parent’s home.  He has not been heard from/seen since.  He has a history of medical issues.  Subject was entered into database as missing.

 TIME

07: 35

 CONTACT TYPE

Reckless Burning

 LOCATION

15900 blk NE 1st ST

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-43032

 NARRATIVE

The victim found a bush had been burned during the overnight hours.  Beauty bark surrounding the bush was also smoldering causing smoke.  The victim observed a loud bang sometime during the night and believed it to be fireworks.

 TIME

20: 19

 CONTACT TYPE

Malicious Mischief

 LOCATION

1800 blk 136 PL NE

 INCIDENT/CASE#

17-43110

 NARRATIVE

Suspect intentionally rammed two vehicles at the Bentley Dealership damaging a Rolls Royce valued at $355,000 and a Bentley valued at $250,000.  Total amount of damage was estimated to be $500,000.  A witness called in to report seeing the suspect in his Honda Accord repeatedly ramming vehicles.  Officers responded and detained the suspect without incident.  The suspect was booked into jail.

 

Suspect Arrested After Intentionally Ramming Vehicles at Dealership

A suspect is in custody after intentionally ramming his vehicle into two high-end luxury cars at a Bellevue dealership yesterday. Bellevue Police responded to the Bentley dealership located at 1882 136th Place NE shortly after 8:30 p.m. yesterday after reports of a black Honda occupied by one person intentionally and repeatedly hitting two parked
cars.  Officers arrived and detained one suspect, a 32-year-old Seattle resident. Officers also located two vehicles that had significant damage – a brand new Bentley and a Rolls-Royce.

Two witnesses that were contact stated they saw the driver of the Honda ram the unoccupied parked cars multiple times. When interviewed, the suspect told Officers that he had not slept in about 3 days, and claimed that he may have had a panic attack. The owner of the Bentley dealership told Officers that the two cars that were struck would likely both be a total loss, and the estimated value of the two vehicle was over 500,000 dollars. The suspect was placed under arrest for malicious mischief in the 1st degree and later booked into jail.