The WSBeat: ‘Vacation’ ends in theft; bailbondsmen’s buckshot; more

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:

*The owner of an Alki-area rental vacation home thought it was odd that the renters pulled a rental truck up to the residence on their last day. He dispatched a friend to park in front of the house to see if any items were being stolen. The renters noticed the lookout and left. The owner later discovered miscellaneous items such as DVDs and board games were missing. They also failed to pay for the week’s stay.

Six more summaries ahead:

*Early Thursday, a young woman called her parents, told them she had been raped, but couldn’t figure out where she was….other than it was somewhere at Alki. Officers found her lying unconscious on a bench in the 1300 block of Alki Ave. SW. She was transported to Harborview for treatment and an examination. She was later able to tell officers that after stopping at an Alki bar to see a friend and having 1.5 or so beers, she ended up at at a local home that was unfamiliar to her. She was kept from leaving by a white male, about 6′ tall, with a thin build and dark shoulder-length hair. She said he removed items of her clothing and raped her. She fled the house on foot and tried to flag down several vehicles before collapsing on the bench where she was found.

*Neighborhood complaints led the SW Precinct Anti-Crime Team to a home in the 9200 block of 12th SW on Friday evening of last week. Of primary concern were the stories of narcotics sales, but reports of unsanitary conditions (no running water, visible garbage) and rat infestation provided extra incentive for the visit. Once inside, officers were greeted with a rancid smell caused not only by the unflushable toilets but by the “massive amount” of garbage and rotten food in the premises. They also found drug paraphernalia strewn about. In addition, two sick people inside “could barely move.” Residents were told that if they were dealing narcotics they needed to stop and were warned that officers would be returning to the residence to check on the situation. The Community Police Team has been advised of the problem.

*While trying to serve a warrant in the Admiral area late Thursday of last week, three bail bondsmen were confronted by a man who drove by their vehicle and shattered a window with an unknown object. One of the bondsmen was able to fire one round of 12-gauge rubber buckshot into the suspect’s open car window. Hospitals were advised to be on the lookout for anyone coming in for treatment of an injury caused by the buckshot.

*Monday morning, anonymous reports of an assault with possible weapons brought officers to a home in the 4400 block of 47th SW. Inside the home officers found two men. One had a cut over the eye and claimed that he had been hit a dozen times with a piece of wood and threatened with a gun by a man who had stayed at the home the previous night. Citizens report that the home has been a “trouble spot” ever since the current residents moved in.

*Unknown persons broke into a construction site in the 4500 block of Fauntleroy Way SW last weekend and stole multiple spools of wire worth of $4,500.

*A 26-year-old ran naked up California Ave. in North Admiral Saturday morning around 7. An officer arrived and, while waiting for backup, saw the man—seemingly mesmerized by a streetlamp—fall backward into the street. Medics were able to strap him onto a stretcher (he initially tried to run off) before transporting him to Harborview for treatment of an overdose. A friend said that the man had been smoking medicinal marijuana before the incident but didn’t know of any other substances he might have ingested.

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.

4 Replies to "The WSBeat: 'Vacation' ends in theft; bailbondsmen's buckshot; more"

  • LE February 5, 2012 (11:38 pm)

    Somehow it just doesn’t feel quite right to read a story about a mentally ill person having a serious problem or episode, or whatever, and not have the story accompanied by some information about community resources for the mentally ill, or maybe some follow up to tell us how the poor man is recovering.

    Is it news? Information about our community? Perspective on what is involved in police work?

    Or is it just something to laugh at? That doesn’t seem right.

    • WSB February 6, 2012 (12:14 am)

      The main purpose of this is to present other information from the “police blotter” that may have generated a notable police response but did not find its way into the daily news coverage that we work on. We don’t call it part of “Crime Watch” because frequently the incidents do not involve crime. I do feel they shine a brighter light on what police are asked to do in our community, and that is one notable part of these reports. Regarding followup, I wish that information were available but it’s not. The police report is the only public record; privacy laws (which were tightened further several years back) stop the informational availability after that point. Even in daily reporting, we usually can’t find out what happened once a person is placed into an aid car or ambulance. (You might recall that two weeks ago, police couldn’t even tell us the Morgan Junction shooting victim had died, until two days later. Privacy laws kept them from confirming that.) Re: resources, I have added that in the past if there were stories of suicide or domestic violence. Guess we could add it to the routine postscript. – TR

  • ET February 6, 2012 (3:52 pm)

    I don’t think many, if any, people are laughing at a story like this.
    People are very compassionate and a story like this goes a long way toward awareness of the problems in our neighborhood.

  • onceachef February 6, 2012 (5:08 pm)

    “Residents were told that if they were dealing narcotics they needed to stop and were warned that officers would be returning to the residence to check on the situation.” Does this really work…just tell them to stop and they do? Uh, no!

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