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 ongoing WSB breaking-news (etc.) coverage:
*Saturday afternoon, an officer was driving in the 7500 block of Fauntleroy Way when he saw a car pull over to park and watched the three young men inside pull black beanies onto their heads —- a typical behavior of burglars. A records check showed that the car was a suspect vehicle in a theft and was not registered locally. When the car pulled away from the curb, the officer followed. The driver made several efforts to elude the officer, who pulled the vehicle over in the 6500 block of California Ave. A 19-year-old passenger described as having a history of associating with burglars and meth users initially lied about his identity, police said. He is a North Admiral resident. The 22-year-old driver is a Morgan Junction resident and the other passenger, also 22, lives south of the Alaska Junction. All were warned about their suspicious behavior, and the officer promised to consider them suspects if there were any burglaries in the area. After promising to not commit burglaries, they were released.
Six more summaries ahead:
*A case of mail theft was reported in the 4800 block of Graham last Friday afternoon. The thieves were described as a white male driving a green and tan Subaru Legacy and a white female passenger wearing a white puffy coat, who the witness said was actually seen taking mail.
*Early Wednesday, in the vicinity of Harbor Avenue, a 17-year-old fled to a neighbor’s house with two younger brothers after their uncle began yelling irrationally, broke down the door to a barricaded bedroom where the boys had tried to hide, and slammed the older brother against a wall. Officers found the uncle clearly intoxicated and uncooperative. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of non-aggravated domestic violence assault.
*In the 10800 block of 31st SW, a citizen described as having “known mental issues” was apparently off his medications on Sunday. Around 2 a.m. he began revving his car engine and honking the horn for an hour (officers managed to return him to the house), and around 7 a.m. he was knocking on a neighbor’s door and speaking gibberish. He was transported to Harborview for observation.
*A woman who ended a relationship because her boyfriend wouldn’t consistently take his mental health meds called 911 early Wednesday. She reported that her ex had broken into her house, kicked open a locked bedroom door, and was threatening to commit suicide. He had been talking irrationally and was wearing a strip of aluminum foil and a pile of paper towels around his head. The woman and a friend fled the home before calling for help, and when officers arrived, the suspect had already left. He had not been found by the time the report was filed.
*Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, officers were dispatched to 20th SW and SW Kenyon, where a young woman was lying in the middle of the snowy road, claiming she wanted to die. She was transported to Harborview for evaluation.
*A likely well-meaning citizen called 911 to report a dog left out in the cold, needing food, and exhibiting signs of distress. An officer spoke with the dog’s owner, who said the dog is actually overweight, “because some unknown person keeps feeding it.” He also contended that the Chow/Shepherd mix (with 4 inches of fur) is actually bred to be OK with being out in the cold. The dog spent the visit wagging its tail happily and didn’t bark or show signs of distress. The officer did some research that corroborated the owner’s story. (The dog’s owner also asked that animal control please reassure the complainant that the dog is fine while suggesting that he/she should quit feeding the pup.)
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.