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 (usually) have not already appeared here in breaking-news coverage or West Seattle Crime Watch reports, but that might at least answer the question “what WERE all those police doing on my block (whenever)?”:
*A 17-year-old was attacked from behind while she waited for a bus at California and Hanford late Thursday. One attacker covered her mouth, walked her to a nearby alley, and slammed her head against a tree. When she fell to the ground, five peoplie began kicking and punching her. She was taken to Highline Medical Center for treatment. The attackers were described as two Hispanic males, 15-17 years old, wearing gray hoodies; one Hispanic female, 15-17, wearing a tank top, dark basketball shorts, with her hair in a tight bun; and two other Hispanic females.
*Around 4 p.m. Thursday, a junior high student was attacked from behind by three people described as older male teens near 35th and Thistle. He did not recognize the suspects.
*A 36-year-old Highland Park mom (described as having an anecdotal history of throwing underage drinking soirees) is facing charges of unlawful furnishing of liquor to a minor after officers responded to complaints about a party in the 7700 block of Highland Park Way SW on Sunday, April 29th. Five juveniles ran from the scene but were caught and sent home to parents. Fifteen others — ranging in age from 18-14, and all showing serious signs of intoxication — were released from the apartment. One officer stated, “I can’t express how strong the smell (of marijuana) was.” Mom copped to the alcohol consumption but had nothing to say about the pot.
Eight more summaries ahead, including dogs rescued from a car, and a theft that happened in a flash:
*On Monday the 7th a citizen reported that three dogs had been locked in an unattended vehicle for at least three hours down at 61st and Stevens. Officers were dispatched and rescued the animals: a pit bull, a chihuahua, and a yellow lab. The pit bull had blood on her head and chest with bite marks around her eyes and muzzle. The chihuahua had blood on her scruff. The dogs were transported to the Seattle Animal Shelter. The car was registered to a Cle Elum address.
*Security video from late Thursday shows that in the moments between when a man parked his car at a Westwood Village lot and when he locked it using a key fob at the entrance to a store, someone sneaked into his vehicle and grabbed a briefcase. The suspect then ran across the parking lot and got into a white SUV with dark rims. The victim’s briefcase contained his laptop, passport and visa, Bose headphones, camera, and other items.
*Around noon on Wednesday, a citizen called in a report about a suspicious man taking a cell phone from a car parked near 39th and Alaska. When officers arrived, they ended up booking the 33-year-old Lynnwood resident into King County Jail — not for the car prowl, but on a $5,000 felony drug warrant.
*After observing a likely drug transaction, and then noticing that the car involved had two broken taillights, officers pulled the vehicle over in the 6300 block of 34th SW. The driver was evasive and nervous and lied about his identity and age over a dozen times and kept reaching into his underwear—a likely sign of (uh….among other things) concealed weapons or narcotics. Officers took him into custody, and once at the precinct he provided his true name. He was wanted on a no-bail felony escape warrant and his record had several cautions: “Violent offender. May be armed and dangerous. Resists law enforcement.” He was booked into King County Jail on the warrant and received a verbal warning about the traffic violation.
*Helpful Hint: If you’re filling up with gas, do not put your wallet on top of the car and then drive off, especially if the wallet contains both your ID and your bag of meth.
*A man who was aggressively panhandling customers at a Delridge gas station turned out to be wanted on a $1,000 theft warrant.
*A woman walking her dog was rattled by being followed near 36th and Graham on Thursday afternoon, the 3rd. The suspect was a white male, aged 45-60, with a stubbly salt and pepper beard. He drove an older dark green Saturn.
*The catalytic converter thieves are out and about again, this time striking overnight in the 2500 block of 56th SW and near the intersection of SW Fauntleroy and SW Raymond.
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.