The WSBeat: Scam; spying; sauce; strange phone calls…

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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9 Replies to "The WSBeat: Scam; spying; sauce; strange phone calls..."

  • MOMof4 February 20, 2012 (12:05 pm)

    My elderly folks live in the northend of Seattle.
    Last week they also got a scam call ‘supposedly from my son who currently lives out-of-state…
    they aren’t usually this gullible, but the scammers had personal info, were slick, and very believable.
    They went to a bank to withdraw ‘needed’ funds but
    thankfully the bank manager alerted police.

  • JG February 20, 2012 (12:18 pm)

    That’s a common scam. My aunt and uncle got a call from someone claiming to be my sister saying she was in Canada, had been arrested on drug charges and need to have them wire money for bail. My sister is in theater and they’d done some web searches and had details about her. They even put a man on the phone who claimed he was a Mountie and gave the details for the transfer.

    They wired the money and then called my sister to say the money was on the way. Of course she had no idea what they were talking about and told them they’d been scammed. Somehow my uncle managed to get back to the money transfer place in time to cancel the transfer.

  • marco February 20, 2012 (2:43 pm)

    > A local five-year-old …

    That’s so sad. Yes, a 5-year-old might do that intentionally in a home where the answer is being hit with the belt buckle.

  • onceachef February 20, 2012 (3:46 pm)

    Yes Marco…I say hit the mother with a belt buckle a few times and really let her know how it feels…then, of course, counseling is in order.

  • Johnny Justice February 20, 2012 (3:47 pm)

    I would like to see the mother of the 5 year old arrested and licked away. Hurting small children is inexcuable.

  • newnative February 20, 2012 (4:07 pm)

    I find that pretty disturbing a confessed abuser wasn’t taken to jail. And a man with a head injury was taken in for a mental health exam?

  • kayo February 20, 2012 (4:16 pm)

    That story about the five year old just breaks my heart. Huge parenting fail. I hope the state makes the mom take some parenting classes or offers her some support so she can learn a better way to manage her frustration. I get that kids can be frustrating, having two of my own, but beating your children is never the answer.

  • WSratsinacage February 21, 2012 (10:28 am)

    I like the support for the 5 year old. How the child was returned to the mother so quickly is insane. I don’t see how any parent could inflict pain upon their child. I am a parent as well and I know it can be frustrating some times. It’s high time the law catches up with the medical community in their finding that corporal punishment is highly unnecessary and detrimental to the child. How is it that it is illegal to touch a stranger (4th degree assault) but to hit your kid is ok? The child is also more vulnerable in so many ways. It’s not ok to hit human beings and children are human beings. I am breaking the cycle by not hitting my kids and I challenge all parents to do the same.

  • Ms. Sparkles February 21, 2012 (1:59 pm)

    I read the story of the 5 year old to mean that the 5 yr old was NOT returned to the mother but kept in protective custody; the other sibling who showed no signs of abuse was left with belt-happy momma – still crazy. But how long will the 5 year old be in protective custody and how “protected” will he be once he’s returned to the mother who had a police visit?

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