By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*Four intruder incidents: Around 11:30 a.m. Saturday (last weekend), in the 7000 block of 14th SW, a man awoke from a nap and saw a stranger peering into the bedroom. When confronted, the suspect shut the door, ran out the front of the house, jumped on a mountain bike and rode off southbound. He was white, 22-29, with a heavy build and brown curly or permed hair. He wore basketball shorts. And just after midnight Wednesday, a resident of the 5200 block of 44th SW heard a loud crash, saw a figure in his backyard, and discovered that his back door had been forced open. A similar incident occurred Friday afternoon in the 5400 block of 44th SW, where a man kicked in the door of a residence and fled upon seeing the homeowner. Around 6 p.m. Saturday (last weekend), a woman awoke from a nap in the 6500 block of 35th SW and screamed when she saw three strangers in her bedroom. They jumped out the window and ran northbound. She said one appeared to be 10 years old or so. The other two were 18.
Six more summaries, including an update on last weekend’s Highland Park stabbing, ahead:
*A 21-year-old gang member described as having drug issues, mental-health problems, and a history of assaulting officers was booked into King County Jail early Thursday. He had been part of a large group of noisy young people at Don Armeni Park and had been driving recklessly through the parking lot. At the time of his arrest, he lied to officers about his identity and was under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He also had warrants for escape and misdemeanor theft. (He was wanted on several other warrants that couldn’t be verified at the time of arrest, including domestic violence assault with a bail of $15,000).
*Around 5:30 Friday afternoon, in the 600 block of SW Kenyon, a 42-year-old man found a six-year-old wandering around an apartment parking lot crying for his mother. Officers asked the boy to show them his apartment, which was “barren” except for a bed, a TV, a few clothes and a small couch. The kitchen had only a few eating utensils. A box of cereal was on top of the fridge. CPS came and took custody of the child.
*More details on an incident we covered last weekend: When officers arrived at the scene of a stabbing in the 1400 block of SW Henderson Saturday evening of last weekend, they found a woman holding a towel over the victim’s wound. She first said that the suspect was the victim’s nephew. (A bit later, as officers processed the crime scene, the nephew approached them and said he’d heard he was being accused of something he didn’t do, and that he wanted to talk to them. He was questioned and released from the precinct.) Later the woman changed the story and claimed that it was two males and a female who were responsible. Ultimately she decided that three males were the culprits.
Police are asked to handle much more than crime, as the next three summaries show:
*A 36-year-old West Seattle resident was taken to Harborview for a mental-health screening Tuesday afternoon after she was seen wandering around Alki talking to herself, throwing chairs at passersby, and screaming that “aliens that are out to hurt me.” She smelled strongly of alcohol and told officers she was off her medication.
*Screaming, “The Marines are coming to get me!” a North Seattle woman was instead picked up and carried to an ambulance by officers who sent her to Harborview for a mental health exam. She had spent Friday night loitering and causing disturbances at a Harbor Avenue restaurant. The woman’s father was contacted and explained that she is bi-polar and has not been taking her meds.
*Saturday afternoon around 3:30, a citizen called 911 to report a disoriented and confused woman wandering near 51st SW and SW Genesee. Officers found her paranoid (she called a young boy playing in the street, “one of THEM”) and she admitted she had just smoked crack and hadn’t eaten in four days. Originally agreeing to go to Harborview, she changed her mind when the ambulance arrived. She had to be placed in four-point restraints in order to be transported.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The WSBeat has an archive category of its own. 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.