On Sunday, June 29, 2014 at approximately 1128 hours, Officer Ryan Pearson was dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of Rayonier Avenue for a malicious mischief complaint.
Four vehicles parked at the home, including a 2005 Lincoln Town Car belonging to a visiting relative, were deeply scratched and “keyed” at the location. The suspect was believed to be the 46-year old daughter who lives in an apartment at the house, which belongs to her father. The other three vehicles belong to her father.
The woman has a long history of mental illness and was arrested on April 16th for attacking her father with a knife.
As Officer Pearson investigated the scene, including one vehicle in which the suspect had carved her name in the paint, the suspect drove up in her pick-up. Officer Pearson attempted to talk to the woman about the allegations, but she refused to roll down the window, waved and backed out of the driveway.
Officer Pearson was able to overtake the pick-up on Broadway Avenue and attempted to stop the suspect. Instead, she led Officer Pearson and Sergeant Jeff Salstrom on a low-speed pursuit north out of Hoquiam and up the East Hoquiam Road.
A Good Samaritan who resides near MP 7.5 received a phone call from a friend who was listing to the pursuit on his scanner. The Good Samaritan used his pick-up with large car trailer to completely block both lanes of the East Hoquiam Road, thus forcing the suspect to stop.
Officers boxed in the pick-up and again tried to coax the woman from her vehicle. She refused to cooperate and started to back-up toward the patrol cars, forcing the officers to quickly jump out of the way to avoid being struck.
Sergeant Salstrom used his patrol knife to deflate three of the truck’s tires to stop the woman’s flight; Officer Pearson broke out the driver’s side window whereby the officers took the woman into custody.
The woman was transported to Community Hospital for a mental health evaluation. She will be submitted to the Grays Harbor County Prosecutor’s Office for felony charges.
Officer Pearson suffered minor lacerations to his hand from broken glass; he was treated and released at Community Hospital.
“This is yet another regular example of the failure of our mental health system in this state. This woman is certainly a danger to herself and others, yet she does not face criminal charges because of her mental state but at the same time is not detained in a mental health facility. There is just no capacity in our mental health system and the result places everyone at risk.”
Aberdeen and Hoquiam Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a possible luring suspect who followed a girl with his truck across Myrtle street Wednesday.
Hoquiam Sgt. Jeff Salstrom tells us at about 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aberdeen Police officers were dispatched to contact a 13 year old girl who advised she was walking to school and had been contacted by a male subject in a vehicle who offered her a ride and then later was seen watching her.
The 13 year old said she was walking to catch her bus at about 7:15 a.m. in the alley near the Washington State Patrol office in Hoquiam. A white male subject in his 30’s, driving what was described as a light brown “smaller” Toyota pick-up with a silver colored rear bumper pulled up alongside of her. She said the male asked her if she wanted a ride and when she declined, became more insistent and asked “are you sure?” When she again said “no” the subject drove towards Simpson Avenue.
The girl missed her bus and was returning home. She then noticed the vehicle and the male subject parked in the lot of Grocery Outlet watching her. She continued home without further incident. Unfortunately it was nearly 11 hours before this incident was reported to police.
The male subject is described as being white, in his 30’s, with short brown hair, clean shaven, with crooked teeth.
If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Grays Harbor 911 center at (360) 533-8765.
CORRECTION: Sgt. Jeff Salstrom provided the press release, everyone in my head typed Myers (as in Police Chief Jeff Myers) instead of Salstrom this morning. Sorry for the demotion chief, we have resent corrected hard copies to everyone that got this in the “mail” earlier today. Also sorry to Sgt. Salstrom, although you might like to know the chief was harassed all day by people thinking he was demoted.
A volunteer firefighter, and Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers evacuated two elderly people from a Beacon Hill home as flames and smoke were visible from across the harbor yesterday afternoon.
Fire Chief Paul Dean reports no injuries “We had an off-duty firefighter from [North Hoquiam] District 6 who had his turnout gear with him. Dave Judd put his gear on went inside got the lady out, handed her over the railing to [Myers] and got her out. Then the water department was up here and had-jacked the supply line back to the hydrant for us. The guys once they got here had a quick knockdown on it and had it mostly contained to the garage.”
Dean said they had a couple of aid calls out when the fire was first reported just before 3 p.m. Tuesday. Neighbors reported 20 foot flames on the outside of the garage, Dean added “we’ll be investigating but the occupant reported hearing a pop and the power went out.” The home suffered only minor fire damage and some smoke damage, thanks in no small part to a couple of water department volunteers and Sgt. Jeff Salstrom who helped to run lines before the fire department could get trucks up the windy road. The garage and one car inside appeared to be a total loss, estimating $40,000 in damages.
HOQUIAM, Wash. – A Thanksgiving day argument ended in suicide last night in Hoquiam, after a 29 year old man allegedly pistol whipped a female family member then drove into town and shot himself. Sgt. Jeff Salstrom tells KBKW they responded to the home off of State Route 109 in Moclips just after 8 last night. Two assault victims said the man left with a handgun, heading toward Hoquiam. Salstrom spotted his vehicle on State Route 109 just before 9, as he pulled it over in the parking lot of the Hoquiam 7-11 he heard a loud-muffled sound from behind the tinted windows.
Once officers secured the scene and approached with a ballistics shield they broke out the driver’s side window to confirm the man had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Two Hoquiam, and three Aberdeen police units responded, as well as Hoquiam fire and ambulance. Salstrom said the investigation is ongoing.
HOQUIAM, Wash. – A home that burned during a fatal standoff in Hoquiam was demolished yesterday.
Since a 20-hour standoff in March ended in the dangerous suspect, Rick or Rob Marlowe, being shot 14 times while crawling across the doorway, the home has sat burned and vacant.
Marlow was confronted in the home by Hoquiam Officer Jeff Salstrom and two detectives about a real estate fraud investigation in Sacramento, prompting the shooting and wounding of Salstrom, and the standoff.