West Seattle Crime Watch: Early-morning carjacking; auto theft

January 29, 2013 at 9:52 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 21 Comments

Two reports in West Seattle Crime Watch this morning. First, from SPD Blotter, an early-morning carjacking:

Just before 2:00 am, officers responded to the the area of 28th Avenue SW and SW Nevada Street for a report of an armed carjacking/robbery. Officers contacted the victim who told them that he was parking his 1993 Ford F150 truck on the west side of 28th, just north of SW Nevada.

He stated that he had just parked his truck and was walking away when he was approached by an unknown suspect. The suspect was armed with a silver handgun and pointed it at the victim, demanding that he hand over his personal property.

The suspect took the victim’s wallet, cell phone and truck keys. He then took the victim’s truck, last seen driving eastbound on SW Nevada. Officers conducted an area search, as well as alerting King County Sheriff’s Office and Washington State Patrol. Despite the area search, the truck or suspect was not located.

The victim’s truck is described as a silver 1993 Ford F150 pickup truck with extended cab. The suspect is described as a white male, 30′s, 5’8″ tall, wearing a black t-shirt and a black knit cap. The victim was not injured …

First carjacking we recall hearing about around here in quite some time. Also this morning, a stolen car to watch for. From Jeffrey:

My car was stolen last night … 1997 Subaru Legacy Outback – White – 912-VQE. Stolen from 41XX SW Edmunds Street between 10 PM 1/28 and 7 AM 1/29.

That’s only about a block from where Cari‘s car, also a Subaru, was stolen last Thursday night. A spot check of the SPD crime map suggests it’s been a busy week for car thieves – here’s a screengrab of that map:

This represents 19 car thefts in West Seattle in the past week. At this zoom level, the map shows 15 – we moused over each one on the SPD website and three each represent two, plus it does not appear Jeffrey’s report is on the map (which is time-lagged) yet. That’s more than double the rate in November, the most recent month for which stats are available online (scroll to the last page for SW Precinct stats). Here’s SPD advice on car-theft prevention.

21 Comments

  1. Check the date of the last carjacking.

    http://westseattleblog.com/2010/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-strong-arm-robberycar-theft

    Comment by Jake — 10:11 am January 29, 2013 #

  2. There was a shooting on 23rd SW and Andover last night as well. Sounded horrible with arguing and a vehicle speeding off. A phone call to the precinct confirmed they found the vehicle owner but they were not cooperative. Very upsetting and disturbing. Any news on this?

    Comment by Anonymous — 10:40 am January 29, 2013 #

  3. Wasn’t there a “silver handgun” bandit on Capital Hill recently as well?

    Comment by Robert — 10:42 am January 29, 2013 #

  4. Arrested, per a non-WS SPDBlotter item a couple days ago, I believe…

    Comment by WSB — 10:47 am January 29, 2013 #

  5. Thank you…i feel safer. But three years from now I’ll be freakin out.

    Comment by they — 10:52 am January 29, 2013 #

  6. Anon, no shooting on record. Nobody got shot anywhere in WS last night (that is always incontrovertibly confirmable via the 911 log) and there are no gun calls of any kind on the police log – there WAS a “disturbance” call logged for 23rd/Andover, no associated report. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:04 am January 29, 2013 #

  7. There was one shot fired. Police told me about 6 others reported it as well. They found no victim, but there was indeed a shot fired and items left all over the middle of the street when the vehicle drove away. I guess if the police don’t see it, it never happened.

    Comment by Anonymous — 11:11 am January 29, 2013 #

  8. Nothing on record doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, but it does mean I have no way to follow up on it. There are some reports that don’t make it to the map/system, including some domestic-violence cases, but the “incident response” is logged only as “disturbance” – you can see it on the map (mouse over the icon that looks like two dialogue balloons):
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    http://web6.seattle.gov/mnm/incidentresponse.aspx
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    That map records 911 calls … then the tab above it for “police reports” shows ones for which reports were filed.

    Comment by WSB — 11:19 am January 29, 2013 #

  9. Dang. O_o

    Comment by datamuse — 11:29 am January 29, 2013 #

  10. Thanks WSB.

    Comment by Anonymous — 11:31 am January 29, 2013 #

  11. I noticed a silver extended cab pickup at 14th & Holly this morning, next to the greenbelt. It had a black canopy though, which was not mentioned. When I saw this, I was going out (somewhat hesitantly) to get the make and plate, but the truck was gone.

    Comment by Alan — 11:44 am January 29, 2013 #

  12. This is how Seattle can say there is less crime now and it is getting better. It is all in how they categorize their calls as in this case. It goes down as a disturbance and not a shooting or shots being fired. It helps make the statistics read the way they want. Very common these days in any business. Never believe one source of info, aways do your own research you might be suprised.

    Comment by wetone — 12:19 pm January 29, 2013 #

  13. Have they found Jeffrey or Cari’s car yet?

    Comment by GG — 1:07 pm January 29, 2013 #

  14. Seattle needs better leadership who will make citizen safety a priority (ALL citizens, not just special interest groups).

    Comment by West Seattle Hipster — 4:52 pm January 29, 2013 #

  15. It seems a bit odd that there was a commerical burglary alarm at 2:20 AM on Delridge, and at 2:29 AM was the disturbance that others say they reported a gun shot. Then the armed robbery of the truck at just before 4:00 AM, on Nevada St.

    Comment by nativetoseattle — 8:23 pm January 29, 2013 #

  16. More details about the truck from the victim: Grey truck, No canopy, DIY black pin striping on the sides, “American Prospector” brand tires, Stick shift (yes, I guess criminals can drive stick), and Very good condition… 1993 being the boxy style larger ford truck.

    Please contact SPD in reference to the armed robbery if you spot it. Thank you and remember to be extra careful if you park on the street late at night.

    Comment by anonymous_victim — 11:09 pm January 29, 2013 #

  17. Seattle Hipster……. How do you propose Seattle leadership make citizen safety a priority? Which special interest groups are you referring to?

    Comment by phil dirt — 7:51 am January 30, 2013 #

  18. My husband and I both heard 8 gun shots last night and phoned the police. It really frightened us, we live on Raymond and California. Did anyone else hear the shots??

    Comment by KMR — 10:34 am January 30, 2013 #

  19. KMR – that is a separate story. It wasn’t gunshots, it was fireworks:
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    http://westseattleblog.com/2013/01/heard-in-fairmount-springs-gunfire-or-fireworks

    Comment by WSB — 10:54 am January 30, 2013 #

  20. Amen wetone.

    Comment by WS rats in a cage — 11:39 am January 30, 2013 #

  21. Don’t worry people! The goverment will keep you safe at all times including in your homes, and your children will be protected in public libraries. You should all turn in your guns and TRUST. The car jacker surely would have turned in his gun and simply asked you politley for your keys and wallet. All you need it trust.

    Comment by wingding — 9:29 am February 1, 2013 #

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