The WSBeat: 2 robberies and … casing; racing; chewing

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.

23 Replies to "The WSBeat: 2 robberies and ... casing; racing; chewing"

  • scary September 18, 2011 (2:04 pm)

    wow, what’s with the armed robberies? I’m just gonna avoid Delridge and Highpoint altogether.

  • WS September 18, 2011 (2:22 pm)

    Nice to read that PsOS are alive and well in Wedt Seattle!

  • DTK September 18, 2011 (2:31 pm)

    I am an alien from what you call the constellation Orion. I have been here for a long enough time to see that you are still a primitive species who will probably not survive. We will not interfere because of your desire for violence and greed is incomprehensible and toxic to life. In this sector we wished for a civilization that would share in our advanced knowledge and proceed toward enlightenment and peace. You are not that life form.

  • SomeGuy September 18, 2011 (2:42 pm)

    Not specified but guessing the gray dog was from Kent?

  • Jiggers September 18, 2011 (3:02 pm)

    I blame the bad economy..

  • mookie September 18, 2011 (3:12 pm)

    “After treatment she became coherent, and she and her three-year-old were transported home…”
    Man, I can only hope CPS was notified and that poor vulnerable 3-year-old is monitored, if not fostered by responsible adults until that woman gets help…if she’s “well known” to medics and police how is she allowed to be responsible for that child?! My mind can’t even go into what could have happened to the tot that day.

  • CMeagh September 18, 2011 (3:20 pm)

    SomeGuy- I was wondering the same thing. What is with everyone from Kent coming to W. Seattle to do these things?

    Wonder if there is a connection between the robberies.

  • CB September 18, 2011 (5:22 pm)

    I am from WS and love the area but the increase in criminal activity had our family moving to a safer neighborhood

  • Jiggers September 18, 2011 (5:45 pm)

    Another thought. People with their back to the walls are going to think erratically. The current economic situation in our country is making people more desperate. But sometimes if they are thugs, then that’s what they just are. Be aware that if you give someone an oppurtunity to steal, they’ll do it out of desperation.

  • CandrewB September 18, 2011 (6:28 pm)

    I wish it was as hard to get to West Seattle from Kent as it is to get from West Seattle to Downtown.

  • WS September 18, 2011 (7:17 pm)

    How about if we hold the virmin accountable and stop blaming bad weather and no work for their choice to be violent and just plain disgusting low lifes no one wants ariund. Wonder how long it will take for WSB to report on a victim shooting to death a perp.

  • pigeonmom September 18, 2011 (8:00 pm)

    SomeGuy, lolz!

  • CCW September 18, 2011 (8:56 pm)

    What is “a hunk of chawed cheese”?

  • wsguy September 18, 2011 (9:30 pm)

    So Sad, robbed at gun point ont the streets of ws.

  • Nick September 18, 2011 (10:09 pm)

    Animal control is a joke, they don’t respond until somebody gets bitten.

  • marty September 18, 2011 (10:27 pm)

    “I blame the economy” Don’t make excuses for then, they can make their own. Probably not good ones, but better than yours.

  • RobertSeattle September 19, 2011 (7:59 am)

    “FBI says US violent crime dropped 6 percent in 2010, marking fourth straight year of declines”

    – Can’t blame the economy.

  • AM September 19, 2011 (9:47 am)

    37 year old on a tuesday afternoon lying drunk on the side of the road with a three year old, and they let that three year old go home with the her??!?!?!? what????

  • RJB September 19, 2011 (10:49 am)

    What is w/ people from Kent coming to WS to cause trouble?? I don’t get it…and yeah, letting the drunk woman take her 3 year old with her….sounds real safe.

  • SJ2 September 19, 2011 (11:10 am)

    AM, I wondered the exact same thing. WTH? I had to read that multiple times thinking I must have missed something. So sad. :(

  • G September 19, 2011 (6:46 pm)

    I remember when I was a high school student at W. Seattle in the late 70’s, a black substitute teacher, chuckling about it, told the mostly male history class that troublemakers from other parts of the city didn’t mess with West Seattle, for fear of getting what was coming to them.

    That was a radically different, blue-collar, W. Seattle. Ah, the good ole days.

  • Eric September 19, 2011 (9:17 pm)


    I haven’t bee in W-Seattle that long but most of the people I know who grew up here are kids of blue collar workers (Boeing). But these days even the Boeing workers today are not very blue collar. Too bad most of us white collar types couldn’t beat their way out of a wet paper bag (much like the Seahawk offense).

  • sun*e September 20, 2011 (9:52 am)

    @SomeGuy – Too funny and probably true! :-)

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