EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth weekly installment of this new WSB feature – if you missed the explanation/introduction with which we prefaced the first one, you can see it here.
By Megan Sheppard
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*A Westwood-area resident had lots of rationales for why his black BMW had a set of blue lights on the top portion of windshield—lights that looked suspiciously like those that might be used in an undercover police car. (An officer had pulled the man over after seeing the lights activated.) The officer told him that although he was not writing a citation, he was writing a report with the driver’s name and license plate in case there are problems or cases of “mistaken identity” in the future.
*Early Friday, 911 operators received noise complaints about three vehicles loaded with people in the 4400 block of 26th SW. Four people in two vehicles were identified and released. In the third vehicle, two of the three people inside refused to identify themselves and became hostile with officers. It might be because the two were wanted on warrants: The driver was wanted on a $500 King County warrant for hit and run and was turned over to the custody of Renton police. His passenger had two warrants —$1,100 from Renton and $1,500 from Des Moines — for failure to appear on charges of driving with a suspended license. He was booked into King County Jail.
7 more reports ahead:
*Southwest Precinct officers had a good weekend roundup: While driving in the Junction late Friday, an officer spotted a known felon on the street and did a routine computer check of his name. The report showed that the man was wanted on a no-bail felony warrant for escape from the Department of Corrections. The fellow got a quick ride downtown to King County Jail. A second officer had the same experience in North Admiral while doing a late-night check of Hamilton Viewpoint. In that case, the felon turned out to be wanted on an Olympia escape warrant. He, too, was escorted downtown to be booked.
*Sunday evening, the driver of a black SUV yelled at a woman in the 35th/Morgan Walgreens parking lot: “I hate your f*’n country and what you are wearing. I wish I had my gun. I will shoot you whenever I see your car or anyone from your country.” The victim was dressed in a head covering and body shawl at the time of the incident. The suspect was described as a heavyset white female.
*Around 4 a.m. Saturday, a man approached a woman near California and Dakota and asked her the time. She responded and kept walking. As she got to California and SW Oregon, the man suddenly reappeared from the side “out of nowhere” and grabbed her right arm and breast. She yelled, “Don’t touch me!” and found her cell phone to dial 911. The man walked off westbound on SW Oregon. He was a light-skinned black male, aged 22-29, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and had a mustache. He wore a black skull cap, a black and white shirt, and black pants.
*Saturday afternoon in the Fauntleroy area, a couple got into a domestic disturbance. When she asked him to leave, he allegedly shoved her into the wall and head-butted her in the nose, shoved stereo equipment at her, jumped on her back and tried to take the phone as she called for help. He also made death threats toward her and her friends, turned on the stove and placed some of her clothing on the element in an effort — his girlfriend says — to burn down the apartment. The boyfriend was booked into King County Jail (where the pair had first met during a jail visitation session) for investigation of harassment.
*Last week, a local 38-year-old took three trips to Harborview Medical Center: Saturday night, after trying to get himself run over on Delridge Way; another time after trying to get himself run over on the Alaskan Way Viaduct; and a third time after slitting his wrists and drinking bleach at the home of a friend. The friend told police that the man is bipolar and unmedicated and had recently used cocaine and meth.
*Early Friday, a Gatewood man called 911 and asked to have a male removed from his residence. When officers arrived, the caller was busily searching for his dogs who had escaped from the home. He simply pointed to the guest and said “Take him away.” He refused to provide any additional information to officers, saying he wanted to focus on finding the dogs. A records check showed that the intoxicated guest was wanted on a $20,000 DUI warrant from Kent. He was turned over to the custody of the Kent Police Department. There is no word on the status of the caller’s dogs.
A 51-year-old Delridge woman is unhappy that a young woman she let stay for one evening is taking advantage of the situation. The door opened recently, and in came the girl, who said she was bringing in one of her “Johns” to conduct a little business. The older woman has been advised to get her door locks changed.
Till this feature gets a name (and therefore an archive category) of its own (someday!), we’ll link it on the WSB Crime Watch page, so you can catch it there if you miss it in the main news stream.