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 homeless 24-year-old who hangs out in the Admiral area was spotted last weekend as he sat down at an establishment in the 2600 block of California Ave. SW. Because officers knew he was wanted on a criminal trespass warrant, they stopped to chat. A routine search of his backpack turned up a bolt cutter, hammer and box cutters (Suspect: “I use them for work.” Officer: “Where do you work?” Suspect:“I’m unemployed.”), along with 53 prescription pain killers and a plastic bag full of jewelry. He was booked into King County Jail for the warrant, possession of a drug without a prescription, and possession of burglary and auto theft tools.
Five more summaries ahead:
*In Arbor Heights a week and a half ago, after he violated a court order to stay away from his girlfriend, a suspect was arrested and placed in the back of a patrol car. He banged his head so violently on the safety bars that officers were afraid he would split his head open. They opened the rear door and tried to calm him down, but he lunged at (and tried to bite) one officer. When additional officers arrived, he was wrestled to the ground but continued biting and threatening to break the officers’ fingers (and nearly succeeded). He also kicked one officer in the side. He was finally booked into King County Jail for the violation of the court order and for non-aggravated assault against officers. This all began when his girlfriend called 911, crying that her “ex was in the house” and that she feared for her life. She didn’t want him arrested, however. In fact, she was planning to go to court the next day to get the no-contact order removed. An officer asked why she’d remove a court order against a suspect who she thought might kill her. Her response? “I just have to.”
*Early on the 24th, in the 2300 block of California Ave. SW, a citizen reported two juveniles checking car door handles Officers found the pair and were familiar with one, a 14-year-old with a history of alcohol abuse. Whereas his friend was “cooperative, calm and respectful,” he was confrontational, refused to obey officer commands, and was obviously under the influence of a substance. Both were released to their grateful parents; the disruptive one’s mother apologized to officers repeatedly and said she wished her son could be locked up for the night.
*Two adults — a husband and wife, both with mental health concerns — were walking home from a store when the woman began crying, screaming, and “lying on the street.” She threatened to stab her husband if he didn’t give her money. Since she didn’t have a knife, the man told officers that he wasn’t concerned about his safety. But when they returned home, he locked her out and called police to have her committed. His wife admitted she had been drinking while on her meds and that she was pregnant. She was transported to the hospital for treatment.
*Angry and upset at not being able to visit his favorite hangout (he had been trespassed in January), a 21-year-old arrived at the business (in the 9000 block of 35th SW) late Friday, punched the front door glass (cracking it), and argued with the business owner. In his right front pocket was a baggie of meth and a credit card in someone else’s name.
*A man went into a business in the 9400 block of Delridge one recent Thursday morning around 7 and offered a young man $60 in exchange for a “clean” urine sample (which he needed in order to get a job).
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