By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*Last Thursday evening, officers noticed a suspicion-evoking car in the 8000 block of Fauntleroy Way. A license check revealed that it had been used in an armed robbery on Queen Anne, and that people associated with it should be considered “armed and dangerous.” The vehicle was stopped in the 4600 block of SW Monroe. The driver was eventually released, but two passengers wound up in the King County Jail. Police say both were carrying drugs and that the woman, an Admiral resident, had an outstanding felony drug warrant.
Five more summaries after the jump, including, “What would your mothers say?” and two cases involving dogs:
*An officer caught three guys dumping a truckload of trash at the dead end of a street in South Park. She shook her finger at them and asked what their mothers would say if they knew. She states, “They scuffed their shoes and told me, ‘Sorry Ma’am.’ She then gave each one a ticket for $104.
*In the Westwood area, a mail carrier asked a resident to please put his dog away; the owner refused. The carrier threatened to spray the dog if the owner didn’t comply; the owner said, “If you spray my dog, I’ll kick your a*s.” Officers paid a visit to the homeowner who remained uncooperative. When told he could be arrested for threatening people, the report states, “he became very excited and animated, flailing his arms in the air.” The man even went so far as to raise his right hand and wave it in the officer’s face. The officer deflected this move and with a firm, “Don’t touch me,” advised the man to curtail the threats.
*Just before three a.m. last Friday, with the temperature below 25 degrees, citizens in the 7300 block of 30th SW reported that a dog had been left tied up outside and had been barking for several hours. Getting no response from knocking on the door, the officer rescued the anxious, but friendly Staffordshire Terrier, transporting it to an animal hospital for the night since Animal Control was closed. The officer left a note on the front door explaining why and where the dog had been taken.
*Around 3 a.m. last Thursday, a resident of the 6500 block of Beach Drive called 911 to report that a naked stranger was standing in his hallway, requesting an ambulance. Officers thought the man — who was cold and wet — seemed mentally ill and intoxicated. He claimed that he had fallen into the water at the beach. After a medical evaluation he was transported to Harborview for treatment. Another resident reported finding the man’s clothes in an unsecured shed on the property.
*Around 11:30 on Friday morning, officers had no luck finding a man reported wandering in traffic at Delridge and Holden. But around four that afternoon, they were sent to the psychiatric hospital regarding a man who had received a voluntary release by the court system but who was still “hanging around.” The description fit that of the man who had been wandering in traffic. Officers immediately realized that he was unable to care for himself — and the nurse in charge agreed: He was rambling unintelligibly, kept trying to pick up trash in the waiting room, and couldn’t follow directions. His condition was so blatant that everyone agreed that there must have been a paperwork — or some other mistake—downtown. Instead of being left to fend for himself in the frigid weather, everyone concerned decided the 36-year-old should be transported to Harborview for a mental health evaluation.
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.