Neighbors brought concerns to tonight’s West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting – exactly what the meeting’s for. A big one involves a situation that’s been reported and discussed here – a house in Upper Morgan linked to a recent arrest in a neighborhood some blocks north. Read on for that, the latest crime trends, updates on recent cases including last night’s search, and more:
CASE UPDATES: Both from what was publicly discussed at the meeting and what we checked with police about – First, Monday night’s search in Sunrise Heights and western Delridge, after a man refused to pull over for police, then finally got out and ran (here’s our original report). He still hasn’t been caught, but police believe they know who they’re looking for. Second, last week’s afternoon gunfire at 26th and Hudson, which left a bullet hole in a windshield (but no injuries) – here’s the photo from our coverage that day:
Southwest Precinct Operations Lt. Pierre Davis says some of the suspects are “known” in this case too, but it’s taking time to round them up. The incident also has raised flags within the department about what’s currently going on along the Delridge corridor, so they’re taking a look at changing patrol patterns.
MORGAN HOUSE: A half-dozen or so frustrated neighbors came to the meeting to ask what can and will be done about a house along Morgan, not far west of 35th. It was discussed here two weeks ago, when the house in question was the scene of an arrest linked to a theft case. The suspect spent two days in jail. To date, he is not yet charged. The problem at the house goes beyond that suspect, commenters wrote. At tonight’s meeting, they asked how to get it cleaned up. Lt. Davis said police are aware of the house and people associated with it. The bigger-picture solution was discussed by precinct liaison Melissa Chin from the City Attorney’s Office, who talked about gathering documentation that can be presented to a wide range of authorities – the city Department of Planning and Development as well as police and prosecutors.
ALSO FROM THE PRECINCT LIAISON: She was among those at the Bamboo Bar and Grill meeting August 22nd (WSB coverage here), following the early morning shooting/fight three days earlier. She says talks continue with Bamboo and multiple agencies, and that there’s a meeting ahead following up on the incident as well as “issues” regarding their liquor license. (Side note: We just checked, and the man charged in the case, Michael Helmer, remains in the King County Jail, with his next court appearance scheduled later this week.)
CRIME TRENDS: Lt. Davis described it as a mild summer, with preventive measures dating back to late spring apparently paying off. The summertime change of responsibilities for the Community Police Team officers is over, he said, and as of this month, they are back to focusing on CPT work. One warning: The start of school and the shorter days often mean daytime burglaries increase, so be wary, alert, and focused on prevention. And if you see/hear someone/something suspicious, call 911.
The West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meets most months on the third Tuesday, 7 pm, at the SW Precinct.