Arrest made in White Center vandalism; 11 arrests since 2017, suspect released
The suspect in the string of costly window smash vandalism incidents has been arrested as a person of interest suspected of burglary and was then subsequently conditionally released. This is according to one of the victims Donna Chan, owner of Macadon's on 16th SW and the King County Jail Inmate Lookup Service.
The King County Prosecutor's office said:
- The first appearance document was sent from the King County Sheriff’s Office to us the morning of May 19 for a first appearance hearing later that afternoon. He did not appear that day, but probable cause was found by a judge.
- We argued in court the following day that he would likely fail to appear if released because he had seven warrants since 2018. We asked that he be held on $5,000 bail.
- He was released by a judge May 20 on his personal recognizance.
From the charging documents:
"On 04/30/2021 at about 0430 hrs a suspect who "was later identified as S/Robert L Domenden 0310811991 AKA "Robin."(ldentifies as female) was caught on video breaking out a window to Macadon's Bakery located at 982816 AV SW. After Domenden had broken the window she proceeded to reach inside and stole a stuffed animal referred to as a "smushmillow."(C21013364) On 05/02/2021 at about 0256 hrs Domenden returns to the Bakery, this time throwing what appears to be a large rock at the lower panel of the glass door at Macadon's Bakery, causing the glass to crack. (C21013548) later on that same morning at about 0400 hrs, Domenden is again seen on camera breaking another window out at White Center Clothing. This time she reaches in and take a women's beanie hat, and attempts to grab a jacket.(Master Case # C21013565) Deputy Hancock has dealt with Domenden numerous times over several years and was able to identify her by watching the video and from recent news stories. Both store owner and representative will assist in prosecution."
The Sheriff's office said in a Facebook post that "Detectives in our Southwest Precinct, along with help from storefront and other deputies who know the White Center community best, identified the suspect. With the suspect's name known it took several days before they were located then arrested.
Tuesday afternoon 05/18/2021, the suspect was booked in to the King County jail for the 11th time since 2017. The suspect remains held without bail on a felony burglary charge. This development would not be possible without community support and outstanding police work."
"LEAD program contacted me and said she is receptive to help. We will see but she is out already," Chan said.
The incidents which have cost business owners thousands of dollars have generally taken place in the early morning hours at random times, making it difficult to catch or prevent the crimes. Some businesses have suffered losses and had to simply board up windows since their insurance would not cover it. Some, like Chan have been hit multiple times.