By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
Back after a couple weeks’ hiatus: From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers:
*Four women were suspected of casing homes in the 4100 block of SW Frontenac Wednesday afternoon. One door-knocker fled after discovering one home was occupied, but the homeowner there kept an eye on her and called 911 when she went into the backyard of a neighbor. One woman, a Kent resident, was booked into King County Jail for criminal trespass. The others were investigated and released.
*Early Monday, a 28-year-old Kent resident was booked into King County Jail after verbally and physically harassing a number of people at the corner of 61st and Alki.
*Around noon on Thursday the 8th, a driver became enraged when he couldn’t pass through a construction site in the 3200 block of 61st SW. He yelled obscenities and threatened to come back and slit the tires on the construction vehicles. He drove off, but not before causing $150 worth of damage to two lighted construction barricades. The car he drove was registered to an address in the 6100 block of SW Spokane and was later spotted in the driveway there. The woman at the residence refused to provide any information and was uncooperative with officers.
Seven more summaries, including two armed robberies on the street, ahead:
*Two males approached a third in the 6900 block of Delridge early on Thursday the 8th. One put a pistol to the victim’s chest and said, “gimme your money, gimme your keys.” The victim handed over his cell phone, car keys, and $40 cash and, in return, was punched in the mouth. The robbers ran off on a wooded trail near 23rd SW and remain at large. Both were described as black men 18-20, six feet tall with a medium build. One wore all black clothing and a mask or scarf partially covering his face. The other wore a gray sweater or sweatshirt.
*A 45-year-old man confined to a wheelchair was punched in the face and threatened with a knife by three young men who stole his backpack and wallet on Tuesday afternoon near 35th and Morgan. The robbers fled northbound and then eastbound on SW Graham and remain at large. They were described as three black men, aged 18-21, who wore all black clothing. One of the men appeared to be 6’4” tall.
*An officer in a patrol car just missed being involved in a demolition derby on early Saturday the 10th when two drivers racing up 35th SW failed to stop for the light at SW Henderson. Luckily the officer had seen them coming and was able to brake in time. The engines of both cars were extremely hot and “smelled as if they had been driving at a high speed for a long period of time.” (One car’s engine was actually emitting steam.) Six passengers were released. The drivers (one from Kent, one from Tacoma) were booked into King County Jail for investigation of reckless driving and racing.
*On Wednesday, following a home break-in in the 10100 block of Marine View Drive, one officer had the honor of swabbing a hunk of chawed cheese for a saliva sample
*Tuesday evening, a gray dog “in full attack mode” was hit by a car as it charged toward passersby at 35th and SW Austin. It flew 25 feet through the air, then stood up and was retrieved by a woman who dragged it back into a home by the collar. Animal Control declined to respond since no bite had occurred and since the dog was no longer off leash.
*On Tuesday afternoon, a citizen called 911 to report finding an intoxicated woman lying at the side of the road in the 6500 block of Delridge. A small child was with the victim. Officers found an open can of alcoholic beverage next to the 37-year-old, who turned out to be a diabetic well-known to local medics and officers. After treatment she became coherent, and she and her three-year-old were transported home.
*Because he was a family friend, a young man was allowed to stay at an apartment on 24th SW last week, even though he was high on drugs. For two days afterward he was told to leave but refused to do so, so the homeowners called for assistance. Officers found the man in a catatonic state, unable to respond to simple commands. A records check showed that he had a history of mental illness, including paranoid schizophrenia. He was taken to Harborview for a mental evaluation.
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.