West Seattle Crime Watch: Fauntleroy prowler on the run

Out of the WSB inbox, from Eric:

This morning as I was leaving I spotted a guy prowling around a house (at the corner of 46th and Hemlock Way [map]).

I walked down and looked around the house but didn’t see him. I went back up and got in my car and drove down that way. I decided to take the hairpin turn onto 46th north of Rose to get a view of the back of the neighbor’s house. The frame of her electronic dog door was lying on the ground, which got me even more suspicious. Then as I pulled forward a bit farther I could see the guy hiding up against a wall of the other neighbor’s house. Called the cops. Three units showed up within five minutes. All this time I was thinking that the neighbor whose house was being prowled was out of town, but as it turns out she was there with her little boy. Her dog finally heard the guy trying to break in and she saw him as he went running down the street.

He was a Caucasian male, under 6 feet, thin, wearing a grey hoodie under a dark
jacket … spiky blonde hair sticking out from under the hoodie.

Keep your eyes peeled. And have a safe holiday, everybody.

17 Replies to "West Seattle Crime Watch: Fauntleroy prowler on the run"

  • Garden_nymph December 20, 2010 (1:22 pm)

    Would you recognize a picture of him?

  • cat December 20, 2010 (2:10 pm)

    Thanks for being such a good neighbor and being on the look out!

  • Garden_nymph December 20, 2010 (2:45 pm)

    Did the police pick him up?

  • CitizenR December 20, 2010 (2:58 pm)

    Way to go Eric! We all need neighbors like you!!

  • Babs December 20, 2010 (3:02 pm)

    Eric, that was a perfect example of what a block watch type action is. Big kudos to you and I bet the pay it forward will reward you with good karma. I hope they get this creep.

  • likes54 December 20, 2010 (3:06 pm)

    There is a house in that neighborhood that is a haven and hangout for those types. They have been terrorizing the neighbors for a long time. The police know which house it is.

  • steve December 20, 2010 (3:07 pm)

    I noticed there were several police cars in and around the park Sunday morning around 8:30 as well. Anyone know what was up then?

    • WSB December 20, 2010 (4:17 pm)

      Steve – The city’s map (which maps calls but not for 8-12 hours afterward) shows a “disturbance” in that part of Lincoln Park at 8:55 am Sunday. No additional info. – TR

  • SJ December 20, 2010 (3:21 pm)

    I’m the resident of the house Eric describes – I so appreciate his alertness and willingness to get engaged and call the police.

    I had been at the store when the incident started and didn’t notice anything when I arrived home. As I was walking into the house through a different entrance, my dog jumped at the front door, barked and scared the man away.

    The police have the details but no results yet.

    Keep a watch for a man as Eric described. Thanks West Seattle neighbors!

  • Garden_nymph December 20, 2010 (3:40 pm)

    SJ, good to hear your dog scared the man away. Great job Eric! Scary situation.

  • SJ December 20, 2010 (3:47 pm)

    Could this by any chance be Ryan Cox: http://westseattleblog.com/2009/12/update-more-charges-higher-bail-for-vandalism-suspect-ryan-cox

    Some neighbors and I have seen him walking in the morning in that general area lately, and he does appear to have blonder hair than in the pic, he also always wears a hood. Not sure if he would go from vandalism to breaking into peoples homes though.

  • SJ December 20, 2010 (4:00 pm)

    That is weird! I did not write the above post, I wrote a different post which is missing. I am sorry, I am not the resident. I have no idea how my name got mixed up with that post. The post I wrote was asking if this could be Ryan Cox. Some neighbors and I have seen him walking in that area in the mornings lately. His hair looks blonder than the pic of him on the blog, and he always has a hood on.

  • Eilis Flynn December 20, 2010 (5:41 pm)

    Your description of the guy matches the guy, with friend, I saw leaving a white Mitsubishi Eclipse on 36th St. off Barton a couple of weeks ago. I remember the hair and the hoodie specifically. I assumed the car had died, but when it stayed there, I contacted the police, figuring it had been abandoned — but maybe it was stolen?

  • Admiral resident December 20, 2010 (7:42 pm)

    I’ve check the link to the photo of the potential suspect and can confirm seen Ryan Cox rowming in North Admiral but on a Sunday afternoon at the end of last summer. (I wasn’t into WSB yet last Dec.)

    Is he still at large? Should I report seeing this guy patrolling to the police?

    He was riding very slowy on a small, kid size, bicycle while checking out houses. He was wearing too much clothing for the temperature at the time, light brown dirty jacket and messed up blond hair, his face was very tanned. He was finishing a u-turn in front of our house while I was doing some yard work outside when he saw me. I looked at him right in the eye while coming to a stand getting ready to ask him if he was lost when he evaded my look and pushed away rapidly. This guy was definitly not on that bike to working out… with his knees to his elbows on that small bicycle.

  • SJ December 20, 2010 (8:16 pm)

    Turns out there are two SJ’s on this thread. The resident of the house (me) where the incident happened and the one who posted about Ryan Cox.

  • Melissa M. December 21, 2010 (2:10 am)

    That is amazing to hear what people can do when they are looking out for each other! Thank you, Eric!

  • seriously December 21, 2010 (11:58 pm)

    Good block watch work! This is what helps deter crime– when we watch out for unusual behavior and then act on it (by watching and then calling 911).

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