By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
As always, the WSBeat summaries are from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers, beyond our ongoing breaking-news (etc.) coverage:
*Early Christmas morning, officers contacted two men suspected of threatening and harassing a woman in the 2100 block of Harbor Ave. SW. Luckily, one was deterred from reaching toward the small of his back; it turned out that he was carrying a loaded Colt .45 handgun in a shoulder holster. He did not have a license to carry the weapon, which had been reported stolen from a home in Redmond associated with gang activity. He also carried prescription muscle relaxer, 15 rounds of loose .45-caliber ammo, a stolen wallet and Social Security card. The other suspect carried 63 grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms, two crack pipe kits, and one needle kit. One of the suspects is an 18-year-old with a Alaska Junction area address; the other is a 22-year-old transient whose last known address was in Arlington. Both were booked into King County Jail for investigation of narcotics possession and harassment. One faces additional charges for carrying a concealed pistol and for possession of stolen property.
Seven more summaries ahead, including another bullet discovery, driving dilemmas, and more:
*Christmas afternoon, two citizens stopped a man from stealing a bicycle from a yard in the 2900 block of Avalon Way SW. Around the same time, in the same area, a third citizen called in a similar description of a “suspicious dark figure” walking past her window. Officers found the man — a 35-year-old North Seattle resident — and discovered he was wanted on a $10,000 warrant for failing to appear for a domestic-violence sentencing hearing. He was booked into King County Jail.
*Early on the 24th, right in front of a police vehicle, a car sped through a red light at California and Admiral, wound around a couple of neighborhood streets, and finally raced through a flashing red light at California and Walker, forcing another car to slam on its brakes to avoid being hit. Although the officer couldn’t identify the driver, the car belonged to a 20-year-old North Admiral resident.
*Around 3:30 a.m. on the 24th, twin brothers (who are also roommates) in their 30s had been drinking at an Alaska Junction bar. One realized the other was too drunk to drive, but when he tried to reach for the keys, the intoxicated twin hit him in the face, bit his arm, and then drove off. Officers arrested the obviously impaired brother at their residence and booked him into King County Jail for investigation of domestic-violence assault.
*Christmas Eve morning around 11, after honking at and swerving past Driver One (who was waiting to enter Fauntleroy Way), the driver of a white van tried to bait Driver One by making sudden stops, long waits and sudden take-offs as they both traveled southbound. After the victim later drove past the van, it followed him to the 5400 block of California Ave, parked parallel and wedged him in, blocking traffic. The victim got out of the car. The van driver yelled, “What are you doing? Are you trying to follow me?” The victim replied “no,” and was promptly punched in the jaw. Witnesses provided officers with the license plate of the suspect’s white KIA.
*Angered when his mom asked him to clean up a mess in the living room, a Junction-area 16-year-old picked up a knife and threatened to slit his mom’s throat. He was booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of harassment. Mom suspects that her son might have been “coming down” from meth use.
*On Thursday the 22nd, the mother of a man well-known to local officers called 911 to say that the 21-year-old had taken off all his clothes and was running naked down the 4000 block of 21st SW. His stepfather was following in a car, and was able to help officers wrestle the young man into a squad car. 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 = calling or texting 206-293-6302 is the best way.