For the second time in three days, residents of a quiet Snoqualmie Ridge neighborhood reported a fairly large, early morning police presence.
On Tuesday, May 31, 2016, around 6:30AM neighbors reported at least 10 law enforcement vehicles, personnel wearing Homeland Security Investigataon (HSI) vests, and a canine unit on Weiting Ave in the Deer Park neighborhood. The Snoqualmie Police Department said a low risk search warrant was executed for the home related to a Seattle Police Department case.
On Thursday, June 2nd, residents in the Heights neighborhood of Snoqualmie Ridge reported another, similar police presence, with 10-15 law enforcement vehicles and Homeland Security personnel again.
According to neighbors of both homes, the residences rent out rooms, with different people often coming and going from the homes.
Snoqualmie Police Captain Nick Almquist said via email that Thursday’s incident was related to the case involving the Deer Park home search, explaining it was “another follow-up low risk warrant handled by Seattle PD.”
Detective Patrick Michaud of the Seattle Police Department Public Affairs Office said he could not comment on a case that involved Homeland Security (DHS) without DHS issuing a comment first. He did explain, though, that “low risk” warrants are where officers will knock and announce their presence, allowing an occupant time to answer, before entering a home. Michaud said most warrants issued by judges are low risk.
Department of Homeland Security Public Affairs Officer Lori K. Haley said via email that “HSI special agents assisted the Seattle Police Dept. in the execution of search warrants related to an ongoing criminal investigation. Since the investigation remains ongoing, we are unable to release any further information at this time.”