By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*A man, described as a transient, who was “shaving and bathing” in the bathroom at a local library branch was stopped by officers as he left the facility. A search showed that he was carrying a large, concealed fixed-blade knife and eleven capped needles. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of weapons possession.
*Around 5:30 Tuesday, in the 4800 block of Fauntleroy SW, a woman saw a man walk into her home through an unlocked back door. He apologized, saying he had come into the wrong home. He stood outside on the back porch until police arrived. Nervously, he told officers he had come to see a friend and that Jesus “talks” to him. He was carrying a paper sack that contained a statue of Jesus. He also admitted that he uses meth and hadn’t slept for two days. He was taken to Harborview for an evaluation. The woman did not want to press charges.
*While driving by a Triangle convenience store Friday evening, an officer recognized a customer at the counter had been previously trespassed – ordered to stay out – for causing disturbances. On this date the suspect was, as usual, yelling at an employee and telling him to “go back to India.” The officer contacted the suspect who admitted yelling. He also had outstanding warrants from Minnesota and Spokane and is a registered sex offender. He stated that he lives under a bridge in West Seattle. He was booked into King County Jail for harassment and trespass.
Seven more summaries, after the jump, including the job termination that got very ugly, and the aggressive panhandler who reportedly went beyond panhandling:
*After her employment was terminated at an Alaska Junction business, a woman began screaming and refused to leave, saying she was going to “get” the manager. She also stated, “This place is going to burn.” She later came back with her daughter and daughter’s boyfriend. The verbal threats and obscenities continued and escalated to involving passersby outside the store. The three were later arrested near their Genesee residence and booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.
*Thursday evening, a man showed up at the Southwest Precinct, asked a couple of officers if they were psychic (they assured him they weren’t), and then explained that he was upset because he was being tortured with microwaves. He also claimed that Bill Gates and another man had stolen his inventions for “Windows Landscape, cell phone memory cards, and dentures.” He did not appear to be a danger to himself or to others, so officers provided him with a case number. He said he’d be back in the morning to check on the progress in the investigation.
*Around 3 a.m. last Thursday, a resident of the 6300 block of 42nd SW heard a loud crash: Someone had thrown a rock through the front window.
*Friday morning, a young man discovered that someone had spray-painted graffiti on his car, which was parked in the 3000 block of SW Manning.
* Thanks to an alert citizen who reported a suspicious person, officers were able to arrest a Delridge resident as he crawled from underneath a home for sale on SW Nevada. He claimed to be inspecting the foundation and plumbing, but officers found a cutting tool at the scene and a pipe cutter in his backpack. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of burglary.
*Sunday morning, near 35th and Holden, an aggressive panhandler followed a woman, demanded change, and then began kissing the door (which she had locked) at her business, asking when she would open. When these entreaties proved fruitless, he decided to urinate next to the door. Officers found he was wanted on a $2,000 warrant for alcohol possession. He was booked into King County Jail for the warrant and for investigation of aggressive panhandling.
A life saved:
*Hearing her 18-year-old son vomiting on Monday morning, mom thought he had caught the flu. That is, until he said, “I just wanted to kill myself.” She then saw the wet shot glass next to the open bottle of bleach. He was transported to Harborview for treatment and for a mental health exam.
24-hour suicide-prevention hotline: Crisis Clinic, 206.461.3222
WSB Editor’s Note: The WSBeat has an archive category of its own, though we’re still linking the weekly reports on the WSB Crime Watch page, so you can catch it there if you miss it in the main news stream. We also continue to publish crime reports the rest of the week, when we get tips or hear noteworthy incidents via the scanner, so don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening.