I was at a local Fred Myers in Renton this evening when I noticed two Hispanic males get out of their car with 2 red cans of fuel. Each of them spread out at opposite directions, walking nervously looking at each cars plate and inside. These guys looked like they were seasoned gangsters. They had tattoos that resembled some of the MS-13 pics I saw online.
The shoppers seemed to completely ignore them.I had just put groceries in my car and was about to leave when I thought this could turn ugly if they were going to set someones car on fire. So I called 911. The dispatcher took forever to take down my report and I got a call minutes later from another PD asking me about a totally different case. I knew the dispatcher messed up and for some reason I felt help was not on its way.
In the meantime, the two suspects notice my car and return to their car, not taking their eyes off me on the phone. So I hang up and just wait. Apparently another person who I assume was armed since he had a big Sig Sauer sticker on his truck noticed the same thing I did and decided to pull alongside me and then went ahead to the other side and waited with his door half open. He gave me a nod and for some reason I felt I could trust him.
Noticing two people with their sights on them, the two suspects got into their cars and floored it.
I gave the dispatcher the plate numbers and was glad there was no escalation to the incident.
I wasn't trying to play cop or cowboy. I just felt the need to step in for some crazy reason.
I wish the cops arrived sooner but they never did.