Three reader reports in this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup – read on:
Dotti e-mailed to share this story:
I live on 25th S.W. between Juneau and Findley. At about 1:30 today I was coming home from my daily walk with my 90 pound Black Lab. I was just coming out of the Longfellow Creek trail head on Juneau and 25th when I noticed a young man going east bound on Juneau. He said something and started running toward Delridge and I assumed that he had just missed his bus. I waited for him to run by and then crossed the street.
I looked up the street towards Delridge to check for cars and noticed that he had stopped. He then ripped off his headphones and started yelling at me calling me all sorts of obscenities and saying he was going to kick my a…. I said, “what,” totally shocked. He then started coming towards me while ripping off his coat and backpack. I continued walking away and he kept yelling and walking towards me as my neighbor down the block heard the commotion and as a very nice black woman in a car pulled over and ask me if I was ok. When I turned back the kid was gone and I am assuming he ran off.
Dotti says she has seen the boy in the neighborhood lately, adding that her teenage son thinks he recognizes the boy from school. She provided the possible name to police; we will not publish it as we don’t identify people who are not charged with crimes, but what matters more would be the description. Dotti says “he is a white male in his late teens to early twenties, red buzz cut hair, tall (six foot or so), very thin and wears glasses. I said nothing to provoke this and I want to make sure that people are aware that this person seems very unstable. If he is willing to threaten a forty eight year old woman, who knows who else he could hurt. If I had been on the trail instead on my block, if my neighbor hadn’t been there or the nice young woman who stopped to ask if I was ok, who knows what could have happened.”
Next report: A WSB’er who lives at 15th/Cambridge in Highland Park wonders if anyone else heard/saw this incident last night, and if so, has any idea how it turned out (we didn’t hear it on the scanner and the city map mentions only a “noise disturbance” call):
My fence is about 6ft high with very small gaps between slats that only give a somewhat helpful view of moving vehicles, and whether a person is walking, biking, etc. Walking to the fence and climbing on something to see, I assumed would be highly visible with my porch light, and opening my gate would trigger the motion sensor light.
Approximately 11:15 – 11:30pm, I was on my front porch when I heard someone approaching southbound on 15th from north of Cambridge. Something in the breathing told me they were crying, so I started listening carefully. In this area, I hear a lot of screaming fights, but never crying quietly. When the footsteps had crossed the intersection and was on the corner right on the other side of my fence, I heard unmistakable sobbing protest and a man’s voice I couldn’t make out yet.
At that point it sounded as though maybe he grabbed at her because I heard sandals scraping as if for traction, and she began saying “no”, though not loudly. The rest of her words were in a sort of hopeless tone, as though she was paying no thought to possible help around. His words were much more faint, though obviously angry and threatening in tone. I heard him say “we’re going home now Shannon.” (my recall of her name may be wrong, but I’m fairly certain it was similar, perhaps Sharon). Her responses in the next short time were “no, oh god no” and “no. please. help.” again, not really sounding as though to listeners. From him I heard a partial threat, which I recall less clearly as I was dialing 911 and hoping to find a place I could not be noticed. Something along the lines of “i swear I’m going to.. *unintelligible*.” …
This is when I heard her running down southbound on 15th, toward Roxbury, though not with all-out speed you might think. She was crying and the only thing I heard her say until out of hearing, was “no”, but multiple times. I heard no more talking from him, but I assumed he was still following her, as it sounded as though he made at least 1 grab for her at my driveway (I heard the same shuffling sandals sound and running pace change) and was unable to hear any more sounds at all once she got about halfway down 15th and was simply out of hearing.
Third and final report for this roundup, VPD reports a West Seattle break-in:
Just a heads up to neighbors in the vicinity of 51st Ave SW and Waite. Our home was broken into Wednesday between 10:30 am and 5 pm. The burglars tore out a screen, broke the stationery pane of a slider kitchen window; tilted the sliding section and forced it past a bar we keep positioned in the window base frame. They entered thru the window and walked across the dining room into the living room where we believe the motion detector picked them up and our alarm went off. They grabbed a Toshiba laptop we had in the living room and bolted out the back door leaving it wide open. Police determined they wore gloves so no prints.
This is the second hit to our home. The first time in 2005 the bars in our windows were deterrent enough to stop them after they cut the screens in the same kitchen window as well as another first floor window. They are obviously now more determined to get in.
If anyone saw anything suspicious in the area we would appreciate that information.