Highline Crimes week of 7-30-18
Suspect of assault of Burien Mayor arrested
Around 9 p.m. on Monday, July 23, the 62-year old man from Burien turned himself in as the suspect who assaulted Mayor Jimmy Matta. Burien Police arrested the man and subsequently released pending the investigation outcome. Charges are expected to be forwarded to the Prosecutor Office, recommending malicious harassment charges. Police chief Ted Poe explained that on Saturday evening, July 21, during the Olde Burien Block Party, Matta contacted officers, who were working at the event. He told them that around 7:40 p.m. a man confronted him and threw his arm around the mayor’s neck.
He told Matta that he “wasn’t going to let your people take over” and that “illegals aren’t going to take over our community.” Mayor Matta later provided a formal statement to detectives and is fully cooperating with the investigation.“We take these allegations very seriously.”
Boe said. “People have the right to express their opinions and views, however they do not have the right to assault or threaten people, nor damage property in the course of that expression.”
Gunshots wound four people at Wooten Park in Des Moines
Four victims were treated for gunshot injuries after 2 groups exchanged shots in the area of Wooten Park. on July 28. None of the injuries were life threatening. An investigation is underway.
Apparently drugged man taken to jail for fighting
A person who got into a likely drug-induced stupor and then wanted to fight everyone - including police was arrested on Marine View Drive in Des Moines July 27. He was taken to King County Jail and booked.