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.