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?”:
*On the morning of Monday the 1st, a 59-year-old Admiral resident was booked into King County Jail after he pointed a handgun at three construction workers at the home next door and ordered them to “Get the “F(&*” out of there!” When questioned by an officer, he repeatedly denied having pointed a weapon. Interestingly, when he admitted he had a gun and told the officers where to retrieve it, it matched the victims’ descriptions perfectly. The police report noted that the gun had one round in the chamber and 13 rounds in the magazine. He will be investigated for harassment.
Four more summaries ahead:
*In three incidents — just recently reported to police — a 14-year-old girl waiting for a bus has been offered a ride by a man driving a large dark car (possibly an SUV). She described him as black, about 18-21 years old, with a shaved head. The incidents have occurred at a bus stop in the 6300 block of 16th SW, and the behavior has escalated: Most recently, the suspect rolled down the car window and exposed himself.
*On March 26th, around 1 a.m., a woman retrieved an item from her car in the 3600 block of 50th SW. When she relocked the vehicle, the audible chirp startled a man she hadn’t noticed, who was standing nearby. As she turned to walk away, the man followed her, picking up his pace as she began to run. She made it inside a home and he disappeared on foot, heading north. The suspect was described as a white man, aged 30-49, 6′ tall, with a stocky build. He wore a hooded black puffy jacket, black pants and black shoes.
*Just after 1 a.m. on Sunday the 31st, a resident in the 6000 block of SW Orleans responded to a knock on the door and found a young woman. She claimed to be homeless, mentioned narcotics, and asked for help from police or medics. The citizen told her to stay on the porch while he called 911. She wasn’t there when officers arrived, but they found her at 62nd and Alki. She explained she had been at a party and believed someone had injected drugs into her arm. Medics treated her, and officers were able to ID her as a missing juvenile from Everett. Because she had a warrant, she was booked into the Youth Services Center.
*Late Saturday the 30th, in the 7700 block of 13th SW, a 12-year-old knocked on a door and asked for help. She said her family members were intoxicated and passed out both on the sidewalk and in a nearby residence. When officers arrived, they found the girl’s younger sibling, age two, being held by a neighbor who had been awakened by the partying and yelling. The infant’s mother, described by officers as “screaming drunk,” had soiled herself, and could barely walk. She was belligerent with ambulance staff, but was taken to Harborview. The woman on the ground (the girl’s aunt) was also transported to Harborview. The 12-year-old was taken to a relative’s home. The infant was taken to the Southwest Precinct and then claimed by Child Protective Services.
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