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Renton Police: Woman Struggles with Purse Thief, Man Accidentally Shoots Own Leg and Citizen Turns in Explosive Device

The following information from June 18 through June 24 was provided by the Renton Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

June 18, 2013

Robbery: Police responded to the Shell Gas Station on the 400 block of Park Avenue North at 4:24 p.m. for a report three suspects attempted to steal a woman's purse from her open driver's side window. The victim told police she had parked and was putting air into her passenger side rear tire when she noticed a female suspect approach and reach into her window for her purse. The victim was able to chase down the suspect and struggled with her to take back the purse, but the suspect made off with her cell phone. The suspect was seen getting into a red van where two people appeared to be waiting and/or assisting in the robbery. It was last seen fleeing northbound on Park Avenue North. 

June 21, 2013

Accidental Firing: Police responded to a location on the 2100 block of NE 9th Place at 6:11 p.m. for an accidental gun shot wound. Two men, including one who was shot in the leg, told police they were looking at a handgun when he accidentally shot himself. No dispute was involved. He was treated by Renton Fire for his injury.

June 23, 2013

Explosive Device: An officer reported at 1:08 p.m. he was flagged down by a citizen at the 7-Eleven parking lot on the 4000 block of NE 4th Street by a man who had a metal ammo can in the bed of his truck. He told police it had two "blasting camps" inside and found it during a demolition of a house in West Seattle. The officer took custody of the item and turned it over to a Port of Seattle bomb technician. 

June 24, 2013

Robbery: A 14-year-old boy reported to police at 5:45 p.m. that he had been robbed earlier that afternoon. He was walking hom from a basketball game at the intersection of South 23rd Street and Talbot Road South between 4 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and playing a game on his iPhone when a suspect grabbed his basketball and told him "I have a gun give me your phone." The boy said the suspect didn't display a gun but he immediately began to run away and when he looked over his shoulder, he was gone. The suspect was described as a black male, around 17-years old, 6 feet 3 inches tall and 170 pounds wearing a blue shirt and black jeans. 

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