The WSBeat: Liquor theft; gun found; bus trouble…

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 20-year-old and a 17-year-old high school student were picked up at 39th SW and Admiral Way on Monday afternoon after they stole liquor and bottles of soda from an Admiral grocery. The older was booked into King County Jail for investigation of shoplifting. The younger was released to his grandmother at the Southwest Precinct.

Five more summaries ahead:

*In the latest in a series of domestic disputes, a couple in the 6000 block of Fauntleroy had a turbulent week: Partner #1 was released from King County Jail after allegedly assaulting partner #2. When partner #1 returned home, partner #2 caused a ruckus and was told by officers to stay elsewhere for the night. She did … until 4 am, when, according to the police report, partner #1 woke up and realized she was being strangled with an electric cord by partner #2, who then hogtied, handcuffed, and gagged her. After kicking the victim several times, police say, partner #2 got a hammer and threatened to kill the victim and two of her friends. She then turned on the TV, turned the volume up high, and left the house. The victim was able to get the gag out of her mouth and yell for help. Officers had to break down the door and use a pair of bolt cutters to remove the cuffs. The suspect was arrested at the Harborview Sexual Assault Center after a social worker there called authorities. (It was unclear why she was there, as she made no claims about having been sexually assaulted.) She was booked into King County Jail for investigation of domestic-violence assault and unlawful imprisonment.

(Editor’s note: If you or someone you know is in a domestic-violence situation – there are multiple ways to get help; see them here.)

*Last weekend, on Saturday afternoon, a citizen flagged down an officer and handed him a fully loaded revolver he had found on the sidewalk in the 6700 block of California SW.

*On Monday, a man got on a Metro bus at 15th and Roxbury and began cursing and bothering passengers. He threatened to kill the driver, was especially angered after she discreetly pressed the “duress” button, and then prevented her from answering the emergency call from the dispatch center. At 26th and Roxbury, the other passengers encouraged him to get off the bus. Officers found him standing in the middle of the intersection at 25th and Trenton, yelling at passing cars. The 40-year-old was booked into King County Jail for investigation of harassment.

*In South Park, passersby called 911 for a woman who reported being repeatedly punched in the face by her boyfriend. He was gone when officers arrived, but she was booked on a $15,000 felony robbery warrant.

*On Friday night of last week, a 23-year-old with mental-health issues became combative with his mother. While being transported to King County Jail, he apologized to officers and explained that he was upset because he had seen vampires in the front yard attacking Miley Cyrus.

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.

4 Replies to "The WSBeat: Liquor theft; gun found; bus trouble..."

  • Ann November 4, 2012 (8:16 am)

    This may be unrelated to the alcohol theft in the Admiral District, but several neighbors were doing a planting at the Orchard Street Ravine park when they came across a large “dump” of alcohol packaging (empty boxes and plastic molds). A report was filed with the police, but I’ll share this information here in case someone else has additional information that might fit some of the pieces of this puzzle together.

  • Kgdlg November 4, 2012 (1:34 pm)

    Every time I read these I am saddened by the burden on our criminal justice system from mental health issues.

  • Faith4 November 4, 2012 (4:57 pm)

    When at Safeway, Admiral, today I noted that they had to take special locks of some type off of bottles of alcohol. I do not know if they have these on all of them or not, but they said they have been doing for several months. I imagine it is an alert of some kind if taken out the door without being paid for. It was a formidable looking deal on the top.

  • Westcoastdeb November 5, 2012 (8:10 am)

    I’ve seen bunches of those lid locks laying in parking strips and such in the junction. Apparently they only look fierce.

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