SEATTLE, WA – A man who has been arrested numerous times for alleged mail theft in the Seattle area keeps getting released from jail, according to reports, while also having a knack for missing scheduled court dates as well.
A suspected mail thief in West Seattle has allegedly stolen hundreds of mail from residents. He's been arrested seven different times this year, but he's fallen through the cracks of the court system and been released from jail each time.https://t.co/HCsZ7wLMDx
— KOMO News (@komonews) May 4, 2021
The name Jason Turner is a name familiar with victims of mail theft, postal workers, police and, of course, prosecutors in Seattle.
Turner has reportedly been arrested at least seven times since January 7th of 2021, which these arrests are reportedly linked to instances of alleged mail theft. Yet, much to the frustration of locals and prosecutors, Turner keeps getting released from jail – often times within 48 hours of an arrest.
One of the arrests of Turner reportedly occurred on February 13th at a Home Depot parking lot on Delridge Way. Bodycam footage from the arrest reportedly showed Turner pulling out handfuls of mail from his pants after being confronted by the officer.
One of the officers at the scene stated:
“I already know your name: It’s Jason Turner…Is this your mail?”
Turner reportedly tried passing off the mail as belonging to his family members. The officer responded with:
“What’s your family members’ name?”
Turner, while pointing his finger at the address labels on the pieces of mail, stated:
“It’s just on there.”
Later on, during the interaction with the officer, Turner reportedly admitted that the mail did not belong to anyone in his family:
“I just took it…I really didn’t know whose it was. I just took them.”
When the officer stated to Turner that he’s “been doing this a lot,” Turner reportedly replied with:
“Right, I have.”
James Milgate, one of Turner’s alleged victims, stated that Turner would be spotted by locals almost daily trying to steal someone’s mail:
“We ended up [catching] this guy stealing mail every day.”
Milgate stated that their Ring camera wound up catching Turner in the act multiple times:
“Our Ring camera would go off and it would be the same guy.”
“I would call 911 every single day. Watching the same person do this every day, knowing where he lives, knowing his name and having it still happen is incredibly frustrating. Honestly, we debated whether we wanted to live here anymore.”
Jamie Lucero, another one of Turner’s alleged mail theft victims, said that Turner was well aware of being seen committing mail theft by his neighbors:
“He knew we were all watching him.”
A spokesperson for the King County prosecutor, Casey McNerthney, noted that their office has charged Turner “every time,” he winds up getting arrested for mail theft. US Postal Service Inspector John Weigand stated that “we are aware of Jason Turner,” when commenting on the matter.
Between the numerous arrests, court documents show that Turner has also failed to meet his specified court dates at least 15 times – on top of refusing to adhere to a court-ordered mental health evaluation.
McNerthney expressed frustration over his office having requested higher bail amounts for Turner, which have been unsuccessful:
“We’ve asked judges for a high bail for Mr. Turner because he keeps coming in and out. There was one case where we asked for a $10,000 bail and it was reduced to $750 and he bailed out on that one.
“The best we can do is go before a judge and say we think there is a high likelihood he’ll reoffend. Unfortunately, in each of those cases that’s been true.”
Rachel Klima, another local who has allegedly encountered Turner in the act, spoke of her interaction with the suspect when happening upon him trying to swipe a neighbor’s package on their doorstep. Video surveillance caught some of that interaction, where Klima could be heard yelling:
“Is this your house? That’s my neighbor’s house. I know them, you are not them.”
Klima referred to Turner’s alleged antics as “terrorizing” her community:
“I was really mad… He’s terrorizing the whole neighborhood and it’s just frustrating everybody.”
While local authorities have been handling these charges against Turner for these multiple cases, Turner’s alleged actions could also be addressed at the federal level. When Postal Inspector Weigand commented on why the feds haven’t inserted themselves into the proceedings, he stated:
“It kind of just comes up to the specific circumstances of that case itself.”
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In other news coming from Seattle, Law Enforcement Today reported on the “May Day” protests that wound up turning violent.
Here’s that previous report.
SEATTLE, WA – On Saturday, May 1st, the Seattle Police Department (SPD), declared an “Antifa May Day” protest to be a riot after marchers reportedly assaulted cops and a small child. As the day went on, the rioters continued to march in the streets and commit crimes.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 1, 2021
According to reports, Antifa began a May Day demonstration in Cal Anderson Park in Seattle on the evening of May 1st. The protest became violent as Antifa began throwing flares, bottles, eggs, paint, and a bag filled with an unidentified liquid.
Independent journalist Katie Daviscourt tweeted a video showing police following the marchers and saying that someone in the crowd had assaulted a small child just moments earlier.
Daviscourt tweeted that police were unable to identify the person who actually committed the assault and at the time, did not make an arrest for that crime. As the crowd became more violent and refused an order to disperse, Seattle police began making arrests.
According to SPD, 14 people were arrested as of 7 p.m. on the evening of May 1st. Additional arrests were made during the continuing unrest overnight.
On Friday, April 20th, the city said that “unrestricted events” like marches cannot adequately be controlled for the number of participants and social distancing, so it did not issue permits and did not officially close off any streets or provide planned Seattle police “First Amendment support” for May Day demonstrations.
Handful of arrests in Cal Anderson this May Day afternoon. pic.twitter.com/Dy186E1gU8
— matt (@mmitgang) May 2, 2021
However, a spokesperson from City Hall said that it is aware that “multiple events” have been planned to take place over the weekend. On the night of May 1st, an anti-capitalist and anti-cop group dressed in “black bloc” marched on Broadway.
Following reports of property damage, a large number of police responded to the area to move the crowd outside of the E Olive Way Starbucks. Video posted by SPD showed police continuing to follow the group after the E Olive Way arrests.
Police stated that the crowd threw “flares, bottles, eggs, paint and a bag of unidentified liquid” at officers and a passenger in a vehicle on Denny threw a bottle through the open window of an SPD vehicle, striking the driver.
— Hanna (@HannaSinTwitta) May 2, 2021
SPD said that the person was arrested along with four more in the Cal Anderson chaos that followed after police moved marchers as they gathered in the park after marching through the city.
As of 7 p.m. on May 1st, SPD released the following information of those arrested for crimes “ranging from property destruction to assault and reckless driving”:
- A 35-year-old for obstruction at Summit Ave and E Olive Way;
- A 37-year-old for property destruction in the Summit Ave and E Olive Way;
- A 25-year-old for obstruction in the Summit Ave and E Olive Way;
- A 22-year-old for assault, obstruction, and resisting arrest in the Summit Ave and E Olive Way;
- A 26-year-old for pedestrian interference at 7th Ave and Olive St;
- A 36-year-old for assault at 4th Ave and Bell St;
- An 18-year-old for malicious mischief at Broadway and E. Howell St;
- A 28-year-old for reckless driving at Harvard Ave and Pine St;
- A 23-year-old for property destruction at Denny Way and E. Howell St;
- A not-yet-identified individual for assault and resisting arrest at 11th Ave and Olive St;
- A 35-year-old for assault at Cal Anderson Park;
- A 26-year-old for obstruction at Cal Anderson Park;
- A 25-year-old for obstruction at Cal Anderson Park; and
- A 25-year-old for obstruction at 11th Ave and Pine St.
— Gate 15 (@Gate_15_Analyst) May 2, 2021
In an update from SPD in the early morning hours on May 2nd, police made additional arrests overnight as protest activities continued around the East Precinct. At least six people were booked into King County jail for investigation for assault, malicious mischief, obstruction, and property damage.
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