News Gleams: United Way Resource Exchange, 24 Hour Hotline Supports Crime Victims, Suspect in Skyway 7-11 Robbery Arrested

by Emerald Staff

United Way of King County Hosting Family Resource Exchange in Renton On MLK Day to help families obtain critical resources

This Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, United Way of King County, in partnership with Starbucks, Mary’s Place and Wellspring Family Services, will host a Family Resource Exchange in Renton to help families who are experiencing homelessness, which disproportionally affects African Americans and other people of color because of structural and institutional discrimination.

Direct service providers at the event will connect guests to housing resources, legal services and employment opportunities. A food bank, winter clothing, shoes, hygiene kits, resources to public benefits programs, kids’ activities and child care will also be available.

The exchange will take place January 20, from 10am to 2pm at Lindbergh High School (16426 128th Avenue, SE Renton, WA 98058)

From a press release for Monday’s event:

“The homelessness crisis in our region—with nearly 11,200 people staying in shelters and others living in tents and cars—demonstrates the racial disparities that exist in our community. For example, the latest Count Us In survey revealed that 24% of people experiencing homelessness are African American or Black, despite representing only 6% of the King County population. Similarly, 15% are­ Native American or Alaskan Natives, but they only make up 1% of the general population.”

Hotline Offers 24 Hour support to Crime Victims 

The Washington State Crime Victim Service Center has announced its all day hotline where victims of crime including arson, bullying, harassment, human trafficking and elder abuse can speak to a trained advocate over the phone or through text.

Operating 24 hours a day including on weekends and holidays, the service helps victims cope, find resources, or locate nearby Crime Victim Service Centers. The centers offer a variety of support including crisis intervention, advocacy, and courtroom support.

More information can be found here. The number of the hotline is 1-888- 288- 9221

Armed Robbery Suspect Who Fired Shot at 7-11 Clerk in Skyway Arrested

The King County Sheriff’s Office says its Major Crimes Unit arrested an 18 year old male for two recent armed robberies. On January 3, the suspect robbed the Tukwila Union 76 gas station at 13300 BLK of Interurban and, 20 minutes later, the 7-11 at 12900 BLK Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Skyway where he fired a shot at the clerk.   (Skyway 7-11 Video)

The suspect was arrested at S Holly Park DR/ S Myrtle PL in Seattle by the King County Sheriff’s Office.  A handgun was recovered from his backpack which appears to match the handgun used in both robberies.

The suspect was identified through an anonymous tip to Crimestoppers.  Further investigation by Tukwila Police and KCSO Major Crimes Detectives developed probable cause to arrest the suspect. He was booked into the King County Jail on two counts of investigation of Robbery 1st degree.

Featured image courtesy of the United Way of King County