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?” :
*Officers visited a residence in the 1200 block of Alki Ave. SW late last Sunday after several citizens reported that a woman was being assaulted. The boyfriend was booked into King County Jail for investigation of domestic-violence assault. The intoxicated victim denied that anything had become physical, explaining that the pair had simply been squabbling over NFL games and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”
Four more summaries ahead:
*A Vashon Island resident was booked into King County Jail on Tuesday the 25th after breaking a glass door and trespassing at a North Admiral condominium complex. Officers found the suspect by following the strong smell of alcohol, which led them to a lower-level garage door. He faces potential charges of trespass and property destruction.
*Friday before last, a Metro driver requested assistance after an aggressive female passenger banged on bus windows, actually climbed outside and onto the back of the bus, and later stretched out in the middle of a Junction intersection forcing traffic to pass around her. The impaired woman thanked officers for “arresting” her. (They actually sent her to Harborview for a mental health exam.)
*When officers responded to a “suspicious circumstances” call at an apartment in the High Point area, they found a 66-year-old resident living in a room with notes covering the walls, empty water bottles and a collection of larger water containers marked “For the Crime Lab.” The man confided that he was a former Seattle Police officer, Community Service officer, and had been employed by the FBI and Interpol. After a bout of intestinal distress in June, he determined that the source of his discomfort was with his tap water — that he was being poisoned. Though he didn’t know who would want to harm him, he was convinced that the harassment was due to the criminal cases he had worked on in the past. While obviously mentally impaired, the man was cooperative and respectful and didn’t seem to be a threat to himself or others. Officers suggested he speak with the water department or the health department if he really wanted to get his water tested. According to the officer’s report, the man “seemed satisfied” with this advice.
*In another instance, a man who had recently been released from a mental health facility was found sitting on a front porch in the Westwood area, yelling at passersby. He wasn’t sure when he had last eaten. Or when he celebrated his birthday. But he did offer to tell officers the pinpointed moment of his conception. He was transported to Highline Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Remember, the CRISIS LINE is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm: 206.461.3222 … WSBeat roundups are archived here. We also publish crime reports when we get tips or otherwise hear about noteworthy incidents – they don’t all turn up on the scanner, so please don’t be shy about letting us know when you see/hear something happening = calling or texting 206-293-6302 is the best way.
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