and the enforced an emergency lockdown of and schools for about 30 minutes on Tuesday, Oct. 18 after a local resident reportedly made several suicidal threats with a firearm.
Mercer Island Police Commander Leslie Burns confirmed both schools were shut down beginning at 12:20 p.m. after police received a tip an unidentified man had threatened to kill himself. Due to the proximity of the man's residences to the schools — one of which is within a block of West Mercer Elementary — police worked quickly to locate the man and requested the lockdown and soon lifted the emergency once they determined he had left Mercer Island in a vehicle.
"We have had some previous contact with him," Burns said. "It was lunch recess at West Mercer when we got the call, with kids outside."
Police in Snohomish County, where the man's last location was reported, have been notified about his threats to harm himself.
"It appears that he is still intending to (commit suicide)," Burns said.
Kirkland Man Jailed on Arrest Warrant
King County Sheriffs turned over a 26-year-old Kirkland man to police on a $2,500 misdemeanor arrest warrant at 1:29 a.m. He was immediately transferred to the Issaquah Jail.
Police Arrest Seattle Man at RJC
A Superior Court judge hearing a Mercer Island case at the Regional Justice Center in Kent remanded a 38-year-old Seattle man into custody. Mercer Island Police transported the man and booked him at the Issaquah Jail.
Truck Break-in at Methodist Church Park-and-Ride
A 30-year-old resident of a home on the 8000 block of SE 60th Street reported his Ford Ranger truck was broken into sometime between 8:07 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. while parked at the Park and Ride Lot. Unknown suspects smashed the drivers-side window and took a Makita drill, valued at $200.
Injured Deer Euthanized by Police on ICW
A passerby reported an injured deer lying in a gutter of the southbound lane on the 5000 block of Island Crest Way at 6:05 p.m. The deer appeared to have a broken right front leg, and was unable to move on its own and had labored breathing. Police put down the wounded animal — per city policy — after calls for assistance from a designated wildlife care center went unanswered.
Ariz. License From Car Prowl Turned in
A visitor to Luther Burbank Park discovered an Arizona driver's license lying on the ground and turned it in to police at 11:38 a.m. The license belonged to a man who was the victim of a car prowl a few weeks ago.
Toddler Dies Choking on Peanut
A 16-month old male toddler choked on a peanut at a residential home on Mercer Island and a parent called 911 at 7:59 p.m. The child's father and later medical aid units administered CPR and attempted to stabilize him before transport to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The child was later pronounced dead at the hospital at 9 p.m., due to a completely blocked airway.
Novara Bike Found
A good Samaritan discovered a Novara brand "Aspen" bicycle at an unnamed location and dropped it off at the Mercer Island Police department at 11:30 a.m.
A 91-year-old resident of the senior facility passed away in his room, apparently from natural causes.
Car Prowl Near Roanoke Inn
A Renton man's Toyota Rav4 SUV was prowled while parked on the side of the road on the 1600 block of 72nd Ave. SE near the and the sometime between 9:30 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. The passenger door window was shattered and a black Tumi brand bag was taken from the floorboard.
Woman's Belongings Taken While on Bike Trip From Luther Burbank
A Bellevue woman's Ford Freestar was broken into at the south parking lot at and a purse containing ID and valuables was taken sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The 52-year-old woman later learned her Visa debit card was used to buy gas at an unknown location a short time after the theft.
Angry Husband Throws Rocks at Wife
A 51-year-old resident of a home on the 4200 block of East Mercer Way said her husband had thrown rocks at her BMW 323i parked in the driveway around 10:38 p.m. after she came home and discovered another unnamed person at the residence.
Luther Burbank Prowlers Hit Two Vehicles at South Parking Lot
Two car prowls occurred in the south parking lot of Luther Burbank Park sometime between 9:45 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. In the first incident reported, a 36-year-old Seattle woman returned from a morning bicycle trip to find her Nissan Pathfinder SUV broken into and a green bi-fold wallet with cash, credit cards, health insurance card, and a purple bag filled with clothes stolen from inside the vehicle. A 36-year-old Redmond man later reported his Honda Civic's driver's-side window was smashed in and assorted bike tools, black lycra arm warmers and an external computer hard drive were stolen.
Another Luther Burbank Car Prowl
A Subaru Impreza belonging to a 56-year-old resident of a home on the 7600 of SE 29th Street was broken into sometime between 11:15 - 11:53 a.m. and several valuable stolen from inside at the Luther Burbank Park south parking lot. The front and back passenger windows were smashed and a cell phone and TomTom GPS were stolen from inside.