The WSBeat: Alki attack; stalker break-ins; more

June 18, 2011 at 10:31 am | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police, WSBeat | 8 Comments

By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog

From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:

*Around 12:30 last Sunday morning, two men walking in the 2500 block of Alki SW were confronted by a group of men in their twenties who demanded money. When the men refused, they were knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked. One victim suffered no losses, but the other man’s clothes were ripped and his wallet stolen. The attackers ran to the south and left in two cars: one a dark blue Chevy diesel “dually” truck (one with four rear tires — two on each side) and the other a dark SUV.

Fairly quiet week, so only three more summaries after the jump:

*Officers were called to a locked apartment building south of The Junction Tuesday evening to deal with a 23-year-old north Seattle man who for a week has been slipping inside repeatedly in an effort to contact a resident, knocking on her door for hours at a time and yelling at her to come out. The suspect told officers he knew the law better than they did and that he would continue to try to contact the woman until she “comes to understand how much I love her.” Officers photographed a large bouquet of roses at the victim’s door and the attached note. A friend reports that the suspect calls constantly and that the victim is afraid and wants nothing to do with him. Because the victim was not at the scene and had not made the complaint, officers simply provided the building owner with information on how to obtain a restraining order for the premises. The suspect says he doesn’t care if he goes to jail.

*Monday afternoon around four, a 17-year-old called 911 to report that a seemingly “unstable” man with a knife was walking around near 35th and Morgan. Officers found the suspect and learned he had also approached a woman in a parking lot and offered to sell her drugs. The suspect struggled with and spat at officers and at one point fell asleep on the hood of the patrol car. On the way to King County Jail, he threatened to kill an officer. He was booked for investigation of unlawful use of a weapon, a 4 1/2-inch fixed-blade knife, which was confiscated.

*Around 4 p.m. Friday, a man looked outside his home in the 8400 block of 9th SW and saw two strangers inside his car. He approached, and when he tried to stop them, one of them punched him with a closed fist. The pair ran off northbound on 9th SW, carrying the victim’s purple iPod and GPS device. The suspects were described to police as black, male, in their mid teens, about six feet tall, with shaved heads and wearing black shirts and black pants.

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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.

8 Comments

  1. In reference to the 1st story regarding the Alki confrontation, my 15 year-old nephew and his friend experienced a very similar confrontation on 35th and Juneau, near the mini-mart a few weeks ago. They were confronted by 2 men who were also wanting money. When refused, one guy punched my nephew’s friend. My nephew joined in to try and protect his friend and then more guys appeared and began kicking and punching the 2 teens. Their phones and backpacks were taken before the guys ran off.

    Comment by TC55 — 11:33 am June 18, 2011 #

  2. And where was the “increased” Saturday night police patrol on Alki at this time????

    Comment by alkikmac — 1:47 pm June 18, 2011 #

  3. I moved to West Seattle several months ago from Brooklyn, NY. I thought I’d moved to a safer neighborhood, but I’m afraid I was mistaken after reading about the fairly high rate of crime in the area… I rarely see police cars patrolling the streets of Seattle…

    Comment by M — 2:55 pm June 18, 2011 #

  4. M, shoulda moved to Manhattan :-)

    Comment by visitor — 5:06 pm June 18, 2011 #

  5. M, it is definitely not more dangerous here than Brooklyn. It is one of the things you have to get used to out here. They just don’t have nearly the visible street presence as they do back East. But, you also no longer pay state income tax. After ten years I still cannot decide whether that is a good or bad thing.

    Comment by CandrewB — 6:26 pm June 18, 2011 #

  6. @alkimac -The increased footbeats hadn’t start last week when this happened. As well they (the city) are sharing these foot patrols with other parts of the city – most don’t get this. Before they go out they ck and see if Alki is busy and if its not they put the patrols in other spots. It’s all for community PR people!!! It would be better to have these officers in their cars fighting crime than having them give face-time to the community to please politicians. Or maybe its time we just start watching out for our brothers. That’s a better idea. Sorry this happened its wrong.

    Comment by readbetweenthelines — 11:03 am June 20, 2011 #

  7. guess I will get that concealed weapons permit.. I really hate guns but why should I get beat up and robbed

    Comment by Paul — 2:01 pm June 20, 2011 #

  8. Paul, I used to not like guns either, but that was before I was robbed and beaten up while coming out of a restaurant in downtown Seattle about 30 years ago. Now days I am licensed to carry and understand a lot better the old adage, “God made man and Sam Colt made them all equal.”

    Comment by phil dirt — 12:33 pm June 21, 2011 #

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