Police, deputies raid "nuisance" home in Tukwila
TUKWILA, Wash. - Police labeled the home a "hotbed of criminal activity." Now it sits empty following a raid that led to nearly half a dozen evictions.
Investigators said the problems at the home in the 5100 block of S 142nd St included drug activity, overdoses, sexual assaults and stolen property just piled up.
“When it gets dark people are coming in the big trucks,” said Tanvir Singh, who has lived next door for the past 12 years. “They come there, stay there five or six minutes, then leave the property."
Now the only people coming and going are police officers, following a raid on Friday to make sure the property is cleared out. Investigators said the home is owned by a bank, but in the past year had been overrun by those involved in criminal activity.
During the raid, King County sheriff’s deputies evicted five people. They also recovered a realistic-looking BB gun, drugs and a wide range of stolen property.
“I'm glad they are here and actually aware of the situation and that we do have a really good police presence,” said neighbor Mike Dowden. “They patrol the area and keep us safe."
One man was also arrested for an outstanding warrant. That man's wife said the evictions are unfair. She also insists the stolen property allegations overblown.
“The stolen property? Yes, somebody picks up a part here or a part there, but it doesn't mean that we're trafficking in stolen property galore," said Noelle Allen.
Many of the people evicted had trailers on the property. Police posted notices on the vehicles warning they would be impounded if they stay parked on site. Officers also asked neighbors to call 911 if anyone tries to get back inside.