West Seattle Crime Watch: 2 ‘well-known’ suspects arrested

October 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm | In Crime, West Seattle news, West Seattle police | 21 Comments

ORIGINAL 2:49 PM REPORT: From WSB contributor Deanie Schwarz:

The big police response in Highland Park earlier this afternoon, including the blocking-off of the area around 13th/14th/Barton, involved a search for two burglary suspects. One was arrested relatively quickly, Deanie reports, while a K-9 search was used to help find the second. Police told her both are in custody. No details of the actual incident yet – we have an inquiry out to the precinct.

ADDED 4:59 PM: Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Steve Paulsen has more details:

Today, our officers responded to a citizen 911 call of suspicious activity in the Highland Park neighborhood. Our officers responded to the area and located an unoccupied vehicle in the area that we have been keeping an eye out for (other reports of suspicious activity the past couple of weeks – possible burglary suspects).

Officers watched the vehicle for a period of time and encountered 2 subjects (adult and juvenile). Both subjects fled the scene. Containment was quickly set up, with one being apprehended quickly and the other after a K9 was called in from home.

Great team work and communication by our officers and detectives as well as our citizens calling in the suspicious activity to 911.

We believe these two subjects are responsible for a number of burglaries in West Seattle and White Center. Our Detectives are conducting the followup investigation. Both subjects are well-known to our officers for extensive criminal histories.

21 Comments

  1. I actually saw one of the suspects running and an officer was chasing him on 13th. I’m glad the police got these people.

    Comment by h — 5:20 pm October 3, 2011 #

  2. The big question: Why are “well-known” suspects running the streets instead of sitting in jail?

    Comment by marty — 5:55 pm October 3, 2011 #

  3. This happened not far from my house. My husband wondered what all the police rucus was about, and West Seattle Blog has the answer. Glad someone went to the trouble of reporting suspicious activity and that the police were able to act on that information. We’ve got some good neighbors around here.

    Comment by Highland Park Paula — 6:39 pm October 3, 2011 #

  4. BOO-Yah!!! Nice job, SPD.

    Comment by george — 6:50 pm October 3, 2011 #

  5. Huge thank you SPD!

    Comment by old timer — 7:10 pm October 3, 2011 #

  6. Good job SPD!!! Coffee and donuts all around :)

    Comment by protectandserve — 7:11 pm October 3, 2011 #

  7. Thank goodness!!!

    Comment by AJP — 7:30 pm October 3, 2011 #

  8. Good work observant citizen and SPD!

    Comment by Des Moines Dame — 7:41 pm October 3, 2011 #

  9. So glad they caught these thieves. They steal more than possessions – they steal our peace of mind in our own homes and neighborhoods.

    The SPD has made a priority of catching the car thieves and burglars in WS and I very much appreciate their efforts and many successes. And the neighbors that reported suspicious activities – way to go. It takes all of us to keep our neighborhoods safe.

    Comment by Kate K — 8:43 pm October 3, 2011 #

  10. good job! Be aware of a light colored Lexus with 3 asian kids in they’re teens early 20′s 2 males and 1 female, seen them park behind some bushes along 35th ave, and the girl knocked on the door of a house, of a neighbor of my friends, thought it was very suspicious, they had seen us watching them, backed up turned around and went up a side street. We followed them in my car, they took a very detoured route back to 35th, they could have went just straight up the road, but they chose to try and not be seen! So just saying be aware of this! by the way this was around 1pm in the afternoon!

    Comment by Cliff — 9:13 pm October 3, 2011 #

  11. West Seattle police are the best!!! And great job neighbors!!

    Comment by West Seattle — 9:33 pm October 3, 2011 #

  12. long criminal records…not surprising they are roaming the streets committing more crimes. give them 24 hours then they will be back up to their tricks. Middle East and Singapore have nice answers for these types.

    too bad the K9 dog did not have a few minutes alone with each criminal.

    Comment by Joel — 9:36 pm October 3, 2011 #

  13. Kudos to the neighbors who called it in. More people would call in if we had mug shots of thieves and a descriptions of their car.
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    Is there a way to put up a page with the mug shots of “well-known” thieves and their status: Free, incarcerated, and their known haunts? A web page with the who’s who of WS perps with 10+ arrests would be nice.

    Comment by Eric — 9:45 pm October 3, 2011 #

  14. The officer I talked to today about this action said we need to let city officials know about one problem: that the perpetrators of this type of property crimes – not considerd top priority – are often not penalized if the case does make it to court. They see the same offenders back on the streets shortly after.

    Comment by Dina — 10:00 pm October 3, 2011 #

  15. One of the perpetrators was a juvenile, the cop said. Juvenile criminals anger and frustrate me too – we’ve had to paint graffiti off our property dozens of times.

    Instead of saying “loose the police dogs on them,” best to prevent at-risk youth from turning to crime in the first place.

    I am involved in Big Brother/Big Sister. I know there is a long list of young boys in need of a male mentor who will be a positive influence. This is proven to improve a kid’s performance in school and reduce chances of falling in with a bad crowd. Their website is linked to my name

    Comment by Dina — 6:46 am October 4, 2011 #

  16. I’m glad the cops were on it! I think we could improve our block’s safety with a webcam aimed at our sidewalk and/or the parking spaces where a stolen car has been dropped off a couple of times a year (if you’re on the north end of the block you know where I mean). A webcam would be freely accessible to anyone, so its like Block Watch on steroids (of course it’d have to be shielded so it doesn’t show anyone’s home, for privacy). Does anyone have the techhie chops to make this happen? Would there be any objections?

    Comment by rewinn — 1:30 pm October 4, 2011 #

  17. Would there be any objections?……..

    just from the ACLU and the people who run the libraries and removed the cameras from their parking lots

    Comment by Joel — 8:28 pm October 4, 2011 #

  18. What’s wrong with wireless web cams recording the streets to monitor illegal activity and look back to identify suspects? Civil Liberties BS? Can’t protect criminals to keep committing crime.

    Comment by Onguard — 10:58 am October 5, 2011 #

  19. So you want Big Brother watching your every move? I say we need to upgrade the court systems before we put cameras on every block. no thanks.

    Comment by george — 11:37 am October 5, 2011 #

  20. THANK YOU SPD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Todd — 10:23 am October 6, 2011 #

  21. I don’t see cameras as a problem, if you have nothing to worry about. I’m all for surveilance cameras. I don’t do anything, that I know of, to be concerned about. I wish we had them on the property where I live.

    Comment by Betty T — 4:05 pm October 9, 2011 #

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