On December 14th, the Kirkland Police Department responded to a local hotel in the Totem Lake area for a report of a disturbance between a male and female. The female stated that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, who had since fled the scene. Officers were able to persuade the male to return back to the area, where he was located and arrested on the domestic charges.
During the investigation, officers discovered numerous pieces of equipment and documents associated with identity theft inside their hotel room and vehicle along with narcotics and drug paraphernalia. The equipment observed allowed the suspects to reproduce fraudulent credit cards. It was later determined the involved parties were suspects in multiple identity theft crimes and the subjects of a federal investigation. The room and vehicle had been rented under stolen identities.
With the assistance of United States Postal Inspectors, several search warrants were served and property recovered, which confirmed the suspects had been actively involved in manufacturing fraudulent credit cards using dozens of stolen victim profiles obtained through theft, burglaries and illicit online sources. The adult male and female were both booked into jail and are facing possible federal indictment.