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"It all started to snowball," Awai said. "We have a good case against him."
The work of Kent Police detective Jeremiah Johnson and Renton Police officer John Awai helped result in the arrest of a 34 year old Renton man with a history Nike Zoom Kd 5
"We go after the worst of the worst," Johnson said of his work with Kent's Special Investigations Unit. "With this guy's history, he qualifies."
"People put the purple light out to say that we won't tolerate domestic violence in our community," McKenna said.
work by Johnson and Awai led to the arrest in June of a Renton man who now faces charges for felony stalking, fourth degree assault/ domestic violence and harassment/domestic violence. He remains in the King County jail in lieu of $550,000 bail.
McKenna praised the Purple Lights Night campaign in Covington that encourages people to put a purple light bulbs in their front porch light this month to raise awareness and remember domestic violence victims. He said the purple light campaign has spread to nearly 20 states.
Kent Police Chief Steve Strachan also spoke at the rally and emphasized the importance to keep domestic violence exposed rather than hidden as it was in the past.
and provide help to the survivors," McKenna said. "We also have found news ways to raise awareness."
Officers from Kent, Auburn, Renton, Tukwila, Federal Way and the King County Sheriff's Office attended the rally as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Auburn Domestic Violence Task Force sponsored the event.
Renton Police checked an address for the man but did not find him. Johnson and the Kent plainclothes officers joined the search, found the man and took him into custody.
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McKenna said awareness about domestic violence has come a long ways over the last few decades.
Kent Police investigated a report from a Kent woman about the man, her former boyfriend, who had stalked her with phone calls and letters.
State Attorney General Rob McKenna spoke at the rally and explained the importance of the new law to reform sentencing for domestic violence offenders.
"It's a good feeling to know something positive has been done," Awai said after he received the award. "The real relief is on the victim's face when she knows the man is in custody and she can relax a little bit. We don't look for accolades, we just do our job. The main thing is the victim is safe."
of domestic violence.
Because of a new law passed earlier this year by the Legislature, the Renton man, if convicted, faces a longer sentence. That's because anyone with a history of domestic violence can now have previous convictions used against them for a longer sentence.
"Now sentences can be enhanced because we can take into account prior convictions," McKenna said to a small crowd gathered outside the Maleng Regional Justice Center. "If someone has a history, they will not just spend a few months in the county jail but will go to the state prison (for a sentence of one year or more)."
"It is not OK to use violence against a partner," Strachan said. "We need to focus on the message that it is not OK to use violence against a partner ever."
Domestic violence rally in Kent includes acknowledgement of police officers
Awai became involved when he took the call in response to a woman claiming that a man had violated a protection order she filed against him. Awai interviewed the woman and discovered it was the same Renton man wanted by Kent Police.
Johnson and Awai were honored for their work as part of a regional law enforcement rally against domestic violence Oct. 1 outside the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
Johnson and Awai received the annual Norm Maleng Law Enforcement Award from the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office for their efforts to combat domestic violence.
As many as six women have filed protection orders against the man over the last 11 years, according to charging Nike Lebron 12 Low University Red papers.
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