By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
From reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – catching up this time with reports made available after the Thanksgiving holiday:
*Recently, a citizen called 911 to report seeing a man shoot a seagull with a BB gun in the 6500 block of 34th SW. When asked why he shot the bird, the suspect said, “I’m tired of having bird poop on my car.” Officers found the bird, which had fallen from a power line after the attack. It was bleeding heavily and its wing was barely attached to its body. The Burien emergency veterinary hospital agreed to treat the bird. The suspect told officers he had been shooting at birds from his home for “a long, long time.” His BB gun was confiscated.
Ahead, six more summaries, from a reported luring attempt to a call that went beyond a door-to-door alert:
*An 11-year-old reported that on Nov. 20th, around 3:30 p.m., a man driving a black SUV tried to lure her to his vehicle in the 3000 block of 61st SW.
*In the 4200 block of SW Massachusetts, on the day before Thanksgiving, an unknown man tried, unsuccessfully, to open an apartment door with a key. He then banged on the door of one unit claiming to be a Comcast representative. He called the resident by her first name and used the name of the woman across the hall. Despite his insistence, he was not allowed in and finally left. The victim reported this incident to police later in the day. Note: Officers told her to not waste time calling Comcast and other neighbors, but to call 911 immediately when something like this occurs.
*The day before Thanksgiving, around 7 p.m., an Arbor Heights man called 911 after he came across a ten-year-old standing by the side of the road. The boy told him he had been locked out of his foster home and had been wandering in the rain. After making arrangements with caseworkers, officers picked up the boy and drove him to a new foster home in South Seattle.
*On Friday evening, alert citizens reported trespassers in a vacant home in the 7900 block of 4th SW. Officers found a 21-year-old woman who claimed to be homeless. She had started a load of wash and planned to take a shower. Her boyfriend, who once lived in the home (but was not supposed to be there) showed up. Both were booked into King County Jail. The man’s bags contained burglary tools and a pawn receipt.
*The morning before Thanksgiving, in the 5000 block of Puget Blvd. SW, a citizen reported that the previous day a man had been throwing rocks and stumps into the street, looking “deranged,” and waving his arms victoriously in the air with each toss. The citizen removed the items after the man left, but decided to call in the report because in the morning the items had mysteriously reappeared and were blocking his driveway.
*Early Thanksgiving Day in Arbor Heights, officers arrested a man for domestic violence assault. As he was hauled to the police car, his wife appeared unhappy that he was being taken away. “What” she asked officers, “am I supposed to do with the 17-pound turkey I purchased for today?”
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 = calling or texting 206-293-6302 is the best way.