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 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 Valentine’s Day low tide brought an artifact seeker to the banks of the Duwamish. In the muck, he came across what looked like a disintegrated steamer trunk. It contained pieces of gold-edged dishware and what appeared to be human remains — including a hip bone. Officers transported the items to the Medical Examiner’s office.
Five more summaries ahead:
*On the 17th, a 48-year-old woman was attacked from behind as she waited for a bus at the Park and Ride in the 9200 block of 2nd SW. A witness identified three teen girls who punched and kicked the victim until she fell to the ground. The assault continued until she was no longer moving. Medics found her bleeding from the head, with a possible concussion and all-over bruising. She was sent to Harborview and was unable to answer questions or provide information. One of the suspects claimed a gang affiliation for all three, who are aged 17 and 16. The girls were booked into the Youth Service Center for investigation of assault.
*On the 14th, in the 10400 block of 39th SW, a woman first noticed a stranger parked in her driveway, and a bit later found him staring into her house from a rear deck. He claimed to be looking for someone (the resident had never heard of the person) and then left, driving away in a silver 1980s BMW with green tinted windows. He was white, 22-29, with slim build and sandy hair. He was dressed in black, including black baggy shorts.
*Increased narcotics problems, as well as recent metal and mail theft, have resulted in stepped up patrols around W. Marginal Way and Marginal Place SW. On the 12th, officers ran the plate of a suspicious vehicle. (Its engine was running but the driver seemed slumped over the wheel.) The car was associated with cases of mail theft. Approaching the vehicle, officers saw a rifle case in the back and a small silver revolver in the area between the seats. The suspect refused to let officers search the car; a search of his body for officer safety turned up a bag of opium. He was interviewed and released from the precinct but will be under investigation for violation of drug laws. His car was impounded for processing pending the issuing of a search warrant.
*A 24-year-old Schmitz Park-area resident was arrested on the 15th after he broke into the rear part of a home in the 5600 block of 48th SW. A woman and her child were able to escape out the front door and call 911 from a neighbor’s house. The suspect, who has a history of drug use, was released after fully cooperating with officers, returning stolen items, and confessing to many other burglaries. He faces future charges. (Editor’s note: We reported on this briefly the day it happened, and it’ll be noted in our upcoming West Seattle Crime Prevention Council report, too.)
*In Arbor Heights recently, a man and woman heard suspicious noises coming from a rear porch. Looking out, they saw that their porch screen had been sliced. And slinking away? A woman who lives in a nearby trailer. She was apparently unable to resist temptation and helped herself to the cigarette butts extinguished in an outdoor ashtray.
EDITOR’S NOTES: Remember, the CRISIS CLINIC hotline is a resource for those in crisis, including thoughts or acts of self-harm, or trying to find help for someone in crisis: 206.461.3222 … Previous 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.