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 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?”:
*A Highland Park family’s car has been damaged for the second time recently. Previously someone cut the brake lines; this time, someone entered the fenced yard, disconnected the rear brake line, punched a hole in the oil filter, and poured oil into the gas tank. A member of the family is on kidney dialysis and needs the car for regular transportation to treatment.
*Thursday evening, in the 5200 block of 37th SW, a couple left their home to walk the dog. Twenty minutes later they returned to discover that someone had stolen computers, assorted electrical items and a wallet from inside.
Ahead, more details on an early-morning break-in earlier this week, plus five other summaries:
(Editor’s note: This is the case originally reported here.) *Around 4:30 a.m. Monday, a homeowner in the 9300 block of Fauntleroy Way called 911 to report that a door alarm had been triggered and that a white male wearing all-black clothing was on the first level of the home. The homeowner and wife locked themselves in a bathroom until officers arrived and found the suspect – 6 feet tall and wearing a black hoodie – after an extensive search. The suspect refused to identify himself and was combative with officers, medics (he claimed to have a “severed spine”), and fingerprint technicians. He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of forced residential burglary.
*Meanwhile, neighbors of that Fauntleroy home called 911 to report a possible car prowl and suitcases missing from an exterior foyer. (Their car and home are behind locked gates.) Another neighbor told officers that two open suitcases were sitting at the corner of SW Brace Pt. Drive and Fauntleroy Way. They turned out to be the missing luggage.
*Just after 6 pm last Saturday, 911 operators received reports of a male walking down an Arbor Heights street with his pants around his ankles and his private parts in hand. He admitted to officers that he had smoked some meth. In a search, officers found a jar of petroleum jelly in his pocket and a newspaper open to a page of sexual advertisements. The suspect, a Tukwila resident, has had previous arrests for indecent exposure, and earlier that day King County Sheriffs had taken him home after discovering him near a playfield. In the Arbor Heights incident, because two people complained, Seattle officers were able to book the man into King County Jail for investigation of indecent exposure.
*In North Admiral, around 5 p.m. Sunday, a man called his female friend to say that he had just seen her daughter and granddaughter, that the daughter was intoxicated and looked like she was going to drive away with the child. The grandmother arrived at the scene, agreed with his assessment, and tried to take the child from the car. In return, her daughter punched her in the face. Daughter was booked into King County Jail for investigation of misdemeanor assault. The child was unharmed and was sent away with another family member.
*I Highland Park home, an officer got sprayed with a shower hose when he had to forcefully gain control of a woman who the report says was having a bi-polar episode. She had also locked her wheelchair-using husband into his bedroom without his chair. Officers had her transported to the hospital for a mental evaluation, though she had already been to the hospital (and released) the previous two days.
*A woman tried to cash a stolen check at a Alaska Junction bank but left before officers arrived. Tellers, possibly overcome by the spirit of the season, stated that the suspect had a “squash-like face.”
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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