By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*When a 17-year-old Burien resident decided to swipe $900 worth of clothes from an Alki business, it was her misfortune to do so just as an off-duty State Patrol officer walked by with his girlfriend. He chased the thief down while the girlfriend alerted the store owner to what was going on. When contacted, the suspect’s mom said, “Just take her to juvenile detention,” before hanging up on officers. But the Youth Service Center wouldn’t admit her, so she ended up going home after all.
*Late Monday a chronic 19-year-old offender, well known to officers, was spotted in a convenience store parking lot at 16th and Holden. Officers knew he was wanted on at least two warrants (it ended up being four with a bail total of $50,000) and they placed him under arrest without incident.
Seven more summaries ahead:
*Officers broke up a family feud at a Jacobsen Road residence on Thursday evening, which began after a 27-year-old extremely intoxicated fellow vomited in his brother’s car. When he tried to leave, dad and brother tried to keep him from driving because of his level of intoxication, but he kicked open a door and threw things around the house He shoved dad, and when brother intervened he got punched in the face. Though all three were uncooperative, the main suspect made repeated graphic threats to kill officers and offered up a variety of racial slurs. He was eventually booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment. The brother who was punched in the face refused to follow officer orders and showered them with his own epithets and rants about police abuse. He was booked for investigation of obstruction.
*Thursday evening of last week, at 22nd and Henderson, a bystander had stopped to help a woman with three children who seemed to be in distress. Three men appeared at the top of a set of stairs, and one began yelling and pushing the woman around. One hit the bystander three times in the head, and another pulled a handgun and threatened him. The third man egged them on. The suspects were described as African American men, one aged 18-21 (with short hair and “big eyes”), another, 22-29 years with two diamond-type earrings in his left ear, and the third, aged 30-49, short and heavy set, with two chains around his neck.
*Early Saturday of last weekend, following an argument in a parking lot near Delridge and Roxbury, a woman drove her mini-van up onto a sidewalk and hit her boyfriend with the car, pinning him between the van and a building. The officer’s report states that the driver then “continued forward briefly, grinding the victim into the wall.” To astonished witnesses she said, “You saw him hit me, right”? before driving off. It turns out she was also involved in a hit and run at 24th and Barton around the same time. The victim was seriously injured and transported to Harborview. The driver was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault, DUI, negligent driving, reckless driving, hit and run property damage and driving with a suspended license.
*Friday evening of last week, on 30th SW, after being served with an eviction order, a man with a history of mental health problems had a meltdown, calling the landlord over 15 times and threatening violence against both the landlord and officers. He barricaded himself in the residence, and after officers forced entry he was booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment and threats.
*Early Saturday of last weekend, in the 1600 block of SW Lander, an obviously impaired 41-year-old Bellingham woman stood next to her broken-down car playing with a pair of pet white mice. She admitted she had used crack and thought that it was interacting with her meds. Medics responded to the scene and although they were concerned about her well being, she ran away, refusing to go to the hospital and yelling “I’m going to die. I can’t breathe. I can’t live.” Once she realized that she had no choice about going to the hospital, she waved one of the mice in a firefighter’s face, squeezed it, and then threw it to the ground. It lay motionless for several minutes but finally got up. Officers rescued both mice and returned the to the woman’s car. She was transported to Harborview.
*Early Saturday, at 18th and Roxbury, a Tukwila man was booked into King County Jail after harassing a Metro driver and refusing to a pay a fare. Nor did it help when he waved a lit cigarette close to an officer’s face and assumed a fighting stance while yelling “I just got back from Afghanistan where I killed women and children!” After threatening to kill officers, he was booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.
*Mid-morning Wednesday, a Lincoln Park visitor took a brief beach walk. When he returned to his car in the north parking lot, he was surprised to find it up on blocks and missing the driver’s-side tires.
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.