Update: Police search, helicopter in Highland Park area

November 1, 2012 at 1:04 am | In Crime, Helicopter, West Seattle news | 6 Comments

helicopterwatch.png1:04 AM: Thanks for the texts and other messages – there’s an air/ground search in the Highland Park area. We’re checking on it.

1:20 AM: No info available from an official source at this point but we did hear a snippet of scanner traffic mentioning a burglary, and SPD’s Tweets by Beat – automated bits of information about police calls, delayed about an hour, sent out via Twitter – mentions a 12th/Holden burglary before midnight. (The full list of the latest “Tweets by Beat” for the West Seattle patrol sectors is available at all times, continuously updated, on our Crime Watch page.)

8:40 AM UPDATE: We now know what this was all about – talked with Det. Mark Jamieson in SPD Media Relations. He says a burglary was reported just before midnight in the 7000 block of 12th SW; while that was being investigated, another officer spotted three suspects “pushing a shopping cart full of apparently stolen property” in the 1200 block of SW Holden. When they saw police, they ran off in different directions. A K-9 team and additional officers came in to help search; the K-9 found one of them hiding under a bush at 13th and Webster. That suspect, 16 years old, was arrested and booked into the Youth Services Center. The Guardian One law-enforcement helicopter (which belongs to the King County Sheriff’s Office but is called in by other agencies as needed – SPD does NOT have its own helicopter) came in to help with the search for a while, but the other two suspects weren’t found. What officers DID find: Some stolen property, near where the arrest was made – including three large flatscreen TVs.


  1. I came home after midnight from Highland Drive/9th Avenue. Turning on SW Holden heading west there were 3 police cars parked at 9th Avenue S., about 12th Avenue S. and another at 14th Avenue S. Not sure what the issue is but the helicopter was circling for about 15 minutes from 12:45 to 1am.

    Comment by chummy — 1:07 am November 1, 2012 #

  2. SPD Twitter around the same time/area makes it look like a home burgulary.

    Comment by gannonjf — 1:16 am November 1, 2012 #

  3. Yeah, I just noticed that: https://twitter.com/SeattlePDF1/status/263912017113534464 … won’t know for sure till I can ask someone official, and that may not be till later this morning.

    Comment by WSB — 1:23 am November 1, 2012 #

  4. I can almost guess which house this started with.

    Comment by Westcoastdeb — 9:10 am November 1, 2012 #

  5. Westcoastdeb, those are my thoughts exactly….I was up late doing homework last night and heard some activity out on the corner of 15th and Webster, just thought I was hearing things. Glad to hear that they have at least one of them in custody!

    Comment by westsidemegan — 10:15 am November 1, 2012 #

  6. Has there been any additional information?

    Comment by dm — 12:10 pm November 2, 2012 #

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