Man Loans Woman $8,500 for Prostitution Ring

The following blotter items range from October 22, 2012 – October 26, 2012. Information on arrests is supplied by the Lake Forest Park Police Department. The reports do not indicate a conviction.

On Oct. 23, a 58-year-old man in the 17400 block of Ballinger Way N.E. came into the LFP Police Department to ask police to check up on a woman that he met online.  For the last six months, the man has given the woman over $8,500 after meeting her online.  He “loaned” her the money for what he thought was a prostitution ring by giving the money in $200-$500 increments. 

The man thought the woman was going to meet him on the previous night but when she did not show up, the man wanted the police to see if she was ok.  Previously, the woman did provide the man with x-rated photos of herself or someone who posed as her but the man said he did not pay for the photos.  The police told the man to stop giving out money and that this was all fraud.  In his constant stream of denial, the man told police that the woman had planned on coming to his house with money to return to him. She said that after she dropped off money to him, she and the police officers could have dinner together. 

The police officer at LFP City Hall told the man how the scam worked but the man still wanted the police to see go see if the woman was ok.  The man provided a phone number with a California area code that he called to make contact with the woman.  The police officers were emphatic.  The officers told the man that he was involved in a scam and to stop giving the woman money. Officers also advised the man to contact them immediately if the woman made threats to the man or asked for more cash.

October 22

REPO:  A man with legitimate official papers who works for Secure Asset Recovery repossessed a car (white, 2004 Chevy, Impala) in the 19200 block of Forest Park Dr N.E.

THEFT:  A woman who lives in the 16200 block of 38th Ave NE came into the police station to report that silver and other items were taken from her home while the suspect was living at her residence. 

October 23

PARKING: A person in the 14800 block of Bothell Way NE was cited for parking in a handicap spot without a proper handicap placard.  The person and his/her poor judgment rewarded with a parking ticket.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF:  A man in the 14900 block of Bothell Way NE reported that a church on 28th Ave (within Shoreline city limits) had damage to a fence.  Unknown suspect(s) cut the fence to have access to the property.  There was a recent theft of equipment at the church and the damage to the fence could be related to that theft.

THEFT:  Someone told police about the theft of a DeWalt saw (sawzall) from a local construction site. The saw was stolen during the lunch hour (roughly 12:noon) while workers were on site.

THEFT:  A theft happened at 17171 Bothell Way NE, however, LFP police redacted all information about this event.  No other information is available for publication.

MISSING:  A man in the 16800 block of 25th Ave NE reported that his wife (a former medical doctor) who drives a 2001 Volvo left their home and did not come back.  The man said his wife was at his office close to noon.  However, the OnStar system in her car was not working properly therefore, the man has not been able to locate his wife.  The man was told by police to contact them immediately if she returns home.

DOMESTIC:  A domestic situation occurred in the 2600 block of NE 185th Street.  The police arrived at approximately 9:30 p.m.  All information about this case was redacted by the LFP Police Department.  No other information is available about this case.

October 24

APS:  Adult Protective Services was involved in a situation in the 3000 block of NE 205th Street.  The call was dispatched at almost 3:30pm.  All other pertinent information about this call was redacted by LFP Police Department.

DEATH:  A man in the 16500 block of 41st Ave N.E. was pronounced dead of what appeared to be natural causes.  There was aid on the scene and they did give the man CPR, however, the man was pronounced dead on arrival.

*CITIZEN:  A man (person “A”) in the 3400 block of NE 193rd Street says that his neighbor (Person “B”) threatened to kill him.  Person A has received phone calls from someone saying they are federal investigators.  The investigators tell “A” that if he doesn’t pay then they will come to arrest “A.”   Person “A” said these “federal investigators” knew all of his private information.  Police dispatch confirmed that person “A” did not give very good information to them and rambled on about how Person “B” should be kicked out of the rental house Person B has lived in the last 10 years.  This is an ongoing problem.  The landlord has chosen not to deal with these issues.

MALICIOUS MISCHIEF:  Police found a damaged Reject Referendum-74 campaign sign nearby the intersection of 38th Ave NE and Bothell Way N.E.

(*) CIVIL: This case is related to the starred (*) case above.  Person B kept pounding on the doors of his four housemates to cause a disturbance.  Person B was served a notice to terminate his tenancy and all the housemates want him out of the house.  The police spoke with the housemates then they spoke with the son of the homeowner.  The police explained to the son that the existing tenants could bring a lawsuit against the house owner.  The police warned everyone about the law; emphasizing that the housemates should go through correct civil procedures if they wanted to evict.

October 26

Assist on suicidal man whose wife called police concerned because he had a gun: Here is what transpired:


  • 1:47 p.m.:  Edmond PD following a man in a truck, not a pursuit, just following him nearby Ballinger Way.
  • Edmonds PD wanted spike strips to stop a silver GMC Sierra Pick Up Truck
  • 1:53 p.m.:  Police stopped at 68th and SR 522
  • 1:55 p.m.:  Spike strips were deployed
  • Car is southbound, stopping by Sammamish River Greenway
  • 1:57 p.m.: Shots fired, the man is still moving in the vehicle
  • 2:01pm – The man is bleeding from the front; aid coming to the vehicle and man.
  • 2:04pm – The man was on ground being cuffed
  • The roadway was closed to cars, other traffic



Don November 03, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Tu-Ha, I appreciate your comments sometimes but you come across all the time as such a know it all. It gets old and getting corrected all the time also gets really old. My comment was meant as a joke and only that. It's called a sense of humor.
Tu-Ha Nguyen November 03, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Don: "Know it all" is fine if that is your opinion. I appreciated your humor. However, most of my life's careers have been in sales and marketing for the high tech industry. Worked with lots of sales professionals that would agree with me about the oldest professional in earth. Have you ever thought that my response was also a quirky, humorous reply? It takes sometimes YEARS for people in relationships to understand each other's communication styles IN PERSON. By this form of on-line (I have never met you and vice versa) communication, it might take decades but that's ok, I am cool with that. if you think what I say is getting old, just so you know that I am not alone when I say that myself and many others feel your angry and "ok, go ahead and challenge me" comments are "getting old" also. I am sure you are a great guy. Still, if you are willing to dish it out on this public forum then get ready to be able to "take it in also." Thus far, you are very quick to lash out and use the forum as a way to vent but you are unwilling to follow directions and rules of discussion as brought forward by various Patch Editors. Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too. I wish you every happiness, all kinds of prosperity, splendid health and perhaps, friendships that will make you know you are loved and cherished. We are all children of God. The child in you continues to cry out each time you are faced with someone who does not agree with you. Again, God bless.
Tu-Ha Nguyen November 03, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I have a great sense of humor. My friends tell me that I should be a STAND UP COMIC. I tell them that would be nice but I am too short. No one can see me, even when I am standing up. Laugh!!
Gretchen Bennett Guethner November 04, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Although my sense of humor covers MUCH, and broadly, I can't find much humor in a human being forced to survive by selling her or his body (ie. asset) for someone else's gratification. The concept is more sub-human exploitation than joke. May I recommend enlightening reading? http://thecnnfreedomproject.blogs.cnn.com/?hpt=wo_bn2
Don November 04, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Thank you Tu-Ha, best wishes to you and yours.


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