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Crime: Strong-Arm Rape, Hit and Runs, Multiple Aggravated Assaults Reported in LS area
A torrent of serious crime hit the Lake Stevens area over last two weeks; LS Mayor joins LEs in criticizing anti-pursuit legislation...anti-pursuit bill linked to increase in car theft
Since our last report, a series of serious incidents has swept across the greater Lake Stevens area, perhaps indicative of what one Snohomish County Sheriff’s Deputy labeled a “shocking increase” in serious crime.
We’ll detail the 35+ incidents we’ve tracked over the last two weeks, including a strong-arm rape in an upscale area housing development and a spate of hit and runs, assaults and thefts.
Additionally, we’ve got a couple notebook items detailing area leaders coming together to criticize anti-pursuit legislation, which state law enforcement leaders are linking to an increase in stolen cars.
The J425 has embarked on subscriber-sponsored effort to track crime across multiple agencies in a closer to real-time fashion. Our data sources allow us to report on incidents that occurred as recently as yesterday. By comparison, the Lake Stevens Police Department hasn’t updated their monthly crime dashboard since June.
In our last J425 crime report, which relies on proprietary data sources to aggregate criminal event occurring throughout the greater Lake Stevens area (think school district boundaries), we highlighted an increase of car thefts, as five cars were stolen mainly from the Frontier Village area in the first part of September.
Since that report, there’s been an uptick in even more serious crime. Including:
- A Strong-Arm Rape at 4:00 am Sept 29th
- Two Aggravated Assaults, including one Vehicular Assault
- Four non-shoplifting thefts, including the theft of a firearm
- Two Hit and Runs
- Three Attempts to Elude
- Another car stolen from the Frontier Village area, and
- Criminal Trespass at a daycare facility
All in all, the J425 tracked over 35 criminal incidents from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4.
The most concerning incident is the reported Strong-Arm Rape, which occurred in the Crosswater development off Soper Hill Rd and SR-9.
The rape occurred at 4 am and was responded to by the Lake Stevens Police Department. No further information is available to the J425 at this time.
Law Enforcement and Elected Leaders Link Increase In Stolen Cars to State Anti-Pursuit Legislation Adopted in ‘21
Lake Stevens Mayor was featured in a recent video demonstrating the difficulties police face in the current legislative environment which they feel presents increasing difficulties with respect to preventing crime and apprehending criminals.
The video, which features area civil and law enforcement leaders, specifically focuses on the complications caused by recent legislation that prevents law enforcement from engaging in motor vehicle pursuit with few exceptions.
This is an issue recently highlighted by the state sheriff’s association which sent out data on an increase in motor vehicle theft, linking the rise in stolen cars to the legislation that prevents pursuit.
Vehicle Thefts Since Anti-Pursuit Legislation Adopted
Vehicle thefts have increased 88 percent year-to-date for 2022 compared to 2021 through the end of March.
Vehicle thefts have increased 99 percent for March 2022 compared to March 2021
Vehicle thefts have increased 93 percent since a number of new laws went into effect at the end of
Here is Mayor Gailey’s release, which includes a link to the video he is featured in:
“I am proud to join my fellow mayors, police chiefs, and the sheriff in the making of this video which gives you a view into the current-day challenges facing law enforcement and the safety of our communities.
Public safety is my top priority, I dedicated a career to it as a former police officer. We must restore tools to law enforcement to pursue criminals and make arrests for illegal drug use and possession.
These steps are necessary to keep our communities and families safe. Please take a moment to watch this video and see how you can help.”
- Mayor Brett Gailey