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, incidents of note that had not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports:
*A foreign exchange student’s parents were scammed out of $12,000 after someone contacted them, claimed to be their daughter, and requested that money be wired.
*A 16-year-old was arrested and taken to the Youth Service Center on Thursday afternoon after citizens caught him peeping into a window of a home in the 5400 block of 26th SW.
Six more summaries, ahead:
*Sauce was tossed at an Admiral restaurant Thursday night, and charges may be pending. Two women and a man entered the business and — with vivid language — confronted and attacked a surprised female employee. First someone threw a tray at her head. Then came the tomato sauce, which ultimately covered the employee’s clothes and hair. The victim knows the suspects, who ran off before officers arrived.
*Beware when answering online ads for a handyman. A West Seattle citizen is the most recent victim of someone who advertises his services and then, when contacted for work, begins calling the prospective customers to make obscene sounds and threats. The “handyman,” whose calls originate from the Lacey/Olympia area, also warns that the FBI and DEA will visit and harm the would-be customer.
*A local five-year-old was taken into protective custody after he arrived at school covered in welts that left a visible impression of a large buckle. He explained that his mom had hit him with a belt because he had an “accident” on the floor at home. Officers paid a visit to the teary-eyed mom. She claims that the accidents are deliberate. Her other child showed no signs of abuse and was allowed to stay home.
*A generous aunt let her adult nephew stay at her Arbor Heights home for two weeks. He paid her back for her hospitality by stealing items and then threatening to kill her when he got kicked out of a methadone treatment program. He is known to carry a handgun. Officers recommended that she file for a protection order and call 911 immediately if he contacts her again.
*Thursday morning, near Delridge and SW Hudson, a stranger tried to open the door of a car occupied by a mother and daughter. The girl screamed, “Mom, he’s trying to get in the car.” Mom was able to lock the vehicle and call 911. The suspect had a head injury and was obviously impaired, unable to describe where he was or where he lived. The 42-year-old man was sent to Harborview for a mental evaluation.
*Early Thursday, a citizen called 911 to report an injury to a convenience-store clerk in the Admiral District. When medics and officers arrived, the victim said he had broken a bottle and deliberately cut his wrists. Medics tended to the severe lacerations and then transferred the victim to a hospital for a mental-health exam.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: WSBeat roundups are archived here. 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.