EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second weekly installment of this new WSB feature – if you missed the explanation/introduction with which we prefaced the first one, you’ll find it here.
By Megan Sheppard
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*A Fauntleroy woman returned home to discover one of her dogs missing and a bedroom window open. Initially concerned about a break-in, she and officers ultimately decided that a “break-out” was the likelier scenario: There were no signs of forced entry, and the dog (later found 11 blocks away) had apparently seized the opportunity to re-enact The Great Escape by jumping onto the bed and out of the window.
*Around 7 a.m. on October 5th, officers woke a homeless man who was sleeping on a Junction bus stop bench. As part of the information-gathering, they asked if they could search his backpack. The contents — none of which were in his name — might have warranted a round of the “12 Days of Christmas”: Five credit cards, three IDs, two drivers licenses, one passport, several blank checks, one crack pipe, rock cocaine … and a meeeeeethh-loaded syringe.
Seven more reports ahead:
*On the afternoon of October 6th, officers responded to an Alki address after citizen complaints about an altercation. The homeowner yelled, “Get off my property,” and began throwing soup bowls and plates through a broken window, showering the officers with broken glass. Concerned about the welfare of the man’s son, officers forced the door open and eventually arrested the man for investigation of domestic-violence assault. The son had run down the street and was found hiding behind a tree in an alley, unharmed.
*On Monday the 11th, someone described only as a white female climbed out of a compact blue sedan, ran up the stairs of a Highland Park home and stole an envelope (containing a $300 money order) from the mailbox. (The red flag, noting “mail to be picked up,” had been raised.) The victim saw this unfold from inside the house and was able to cancel the money order immediately.
*A citizen reported that a woman was “servicing” a gentleman behind a bus stop at 16th and Holden. She denied the activity but admitted to “relieving” herself there. (The officer found no evidence of liquid — of *any* type — on the ground.) When she arrived at the precinct for further questioning, she asked if she could use the restroom. The clever officer asked why, since she had so recently used the, um, outdoor facility. The woman smiled and said, “Well, you* know* I wasn’t peeing back there.” She was booked into King County Jail for an outstanding Department of Corrections escape warrant.
*Around 1 a.m. on October 8th, High Point security reported that a woman was walking on the sidewalk near SW Graham and Lanham Place, carrying a large kitchen knife and yelling that she was going to kill someone. She complied with their order to drop the weapon, and the security staff turned it over to Seattle Police officers.
*Saying he was ready for a clean start in rehab, a man flagged down an officer near Delridge and Roxbury last week and gave him a present: A package of black tar heroin.
*Late Saturday, October 9th, a citizen walking near Lincoln Park called 911 to report hearing a boy calling for help from inside a residence. Officers went to the address and spoke with a woman who said she and her boyfriend were in a non-physical argument. After several questions about how she got the red marks around her neck, she admitted that her boyfriend had grabbed her around the neck and placed his hands over her nose and mouth (but denied that he was trying to kill her). She also admitted yelling for help. The victim was uncooperative and the boyfriend had fled the scene.
*One SW Precinct officer — well-known to youth in the area — had spent two weeks looking for a juvenile wanted on a theft warrant. After finishing a call early Monday near 21st SW and Roxbury, he encountered three teens and recognized one girl as a runaway. He told all three youngsters to stop. They complied, and as he shone the patrol car’s spotlight on them, he heard one of the other teens say, resignedly, “You got me, Officer Chang.” It was the juvenile he’d been searching for. (He was booked into the Youth Service Center on the warrant. The runaway and the other young man were released to their parents.)
Till this feature gets a name (and therefore an archive category) of its own, 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. You will find a new installment either Monday or Tuesday night each week.