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UPDATE / RAC employees call police on Seahawks' Kam Chancellor and others over misunderstanding
On Wednesday, Redmond police received a 911 call from the now-closed Redmond Athletic Club (RAC) in downtown with a report of five adults pounding on the door and looking in the windows with cameras as if they were trying to gain entry.
Becky Range, public information officer for the Redmond Police Department (RPD), said the call came in at 4:25 p.m. when two employees reported they weren’t exactly sure what was going on, but the individuals did not appear to be leaving, even though the gym had closed for business on Monday.
Among the group trying to gain entry was Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, who later posted about the incident on his Twitter page.
According to his Twitter page, Chancellor had stopped by the RAC to get information about the gym.
“I was mad because all I wanted was a number to call and they waved me off like a fly without answering me,” he tweeted.
Officers arrived on the scene and made contact with the group, who “expressed they had an interest in purchasing the gym and were trying to make contact with someone inside the facility,” Range said.
She said responding officers identified the driver of the vehicle and were not aware that another in the group was a professional athlete.
“Our interactions with the group were very positive,” Range said. “The group left the area without incident and no police report was filed.”
Chancellor also tweeted about his interactions with the police.
“Good thing the cops know I’m a good guy and stealing isn’t in my blood. I work for everything I get,” he tweeted.
According to his Twitter page, the experience has caused Chancellor to change his mind.
“I guess I won’t put a gym in Redmond then,” he tweeted. “I’m not qualified.”
Ryan Neal, owner of the RAC, said they “regret this unfortunate incident but completely support the actions of (their) employees.”
“Our team responded in a manner as instructed by me under the guidance of the Redmond Police Department,” he said. “We always err on the side of caution when an individual or individuals try to gain entry to the club unannounced.”
Neal said the RAC recently experienced attempted break-ins and they still have members’ property in the club that they need to protect until it is returned. He has confirmed with RPD that the employees’ response was appropriate given the situation, but continued, saying they will review security footage to ensure this.
“As the owner of the Redmond Athletic Club, I have attempted to reach out to Mr. Chancellor to discuss his interest in the purchase of the club in a traditional business discussion,” Neal said. “If Mr. Chancellor or anyone else is interested in the club or our equipment, they can reach out to me directly or attend our public auction in April.”
He said the auction will be for the equipment from the downtown RAC location.
Below is a partial transcription of the 911 call, which was obtained by the Reporter via a public records request:
Dispatcher: 911, what are you reporting?
Caller: We have about five people outside.
Dispatcher: What are they doing?
Caller: They're trying to get in and we have told them multiple times to leave, there's five of them. Kind of like pound on the doors and break in, I'm not really sure.
Dispatcher: Is that a business or a residence?
Caller: It's a closed-down business, it's the gym, Redmond Athletic Club. We're closed, but we're in here working.
Dispatcher: Any descriptions?
Caller: I mean, there's five of them, three African Americans, two whites. (She later repeats there were three African Americans — two males and one female — and a white male and female.)
Dispatcher: Any weapons?
Caller: I couldn't see any weapons, but they've got cameras and pictures and I'm really not sure what they're trying to get here.
Dispatcher: How long have they been there?
Caller: Like 10 minutes.
Dispatcher: Do you know why they're trying to get in? Do you think they're trying to burglarize it?
Caller: Can you just get somebody over here, please? I mean, I don't know what's coming next, they're bad news.
Dispatcher: Can you see them?
Caller: They're driving a big black car.
Dispatcher: Could you say they're leaving?
Caller: They're in their car, but they're like motioning to us, so we're just kind of stationed inside here.
Dispatcher: Motioning for you to do what?
Caller: I don't know, I can't see it, I just need somebody to come check it out.
Dispatcher: OK, just let me know if they leave.
Caller: They were trying to get us to open the door and ask for information, I don't know if they're like homeless kids, I know that there used to be a lot of heroin addicts around here.
Dispatcher: Do they look like teenagers?
Caller: They look older than teenagers, I would say they're probably early 20s, maybe mid-20s. They're trying to take a bunch of pictures...