West Seattle Crime Watch update: Arrest in 11th SW car attack

July 17, 2013 at 6:58 am | In Highland Park, West Seattle news | 28 Comments

6:58 AM: Police are on the scene of what they describe as a vehicular assault in Highland Park, in the 9400 block of 11th SW. They say they’re looking for a woman who “allegedly intentionally struck a male victim with a car and fled.” We’re en route to find out more.

7:11 AM UPDATE: This is on 11th SW just north of Roxbury, but our crew at the scene says Roxbury is not affected. Two police units are still on scene and they tell us that little end of 11th will be blocked off for a while, though, because the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad is coming out.

7:24 AM UPDATE: Police say the victim is in his 20s and has been taken to Harborview Medical Center, and they say the suspect is “known,” though not yet in custody.

11:55 AM UPDATE: We’re awaiting official confirmation, but it sounds like the suspect might have been found – along with the vehicle – in south King County.

12:14 PM UPDATE: Police have now confirmed the arrest. Here’s their update, in full, from SPD Blotter:

Detectives are investigating a strange call that occurred early this morning in Highland Park involving a stolen car, vehicular assault and eventual arrest of the suspect.

Just after 6:00 this morning, Southwest Precinct officers responded to a report of a hit and run to a man in the 9400 Block of 11th Avenue SW. Witnesses stated that a woman known to the male victim stole his 2007 Cadillac and struck him with the car as he attempted to stop her from leaving. The 24-year-old victim sustained injuries to his head and body and was transported to Harborview Medical Center by the Seattle Fire Department.

Officers interviewed witnesses at the scene who provided information on the female suspect and possible locations for her. A stolen vehicle report was completed for the Cadillac and that information was broadcast to officers in several jurisdictions.

Officers attempted to locate the 23-year-old suspect in the Federal Way and Des Moines area, but she was not at any of the locations they checked. Detectives from the Traffic Collision Investigation Squad (TCIS) responded to the collision scene and began their investigation.

Within the past hour the suspect was located with the stolen Cadillac and taken into custody in SeaTac. The car was impounded and taken to the processing room and the female suspect will be booked into the King County Jail. Officers and detectives are still conducting their investigation.

28 Comments

  1. Thank you once again. I knew I could check here to find out what was going on.

    Comment by Laura — 7:01 am July 17, 2013 #

  2. Thank you WSB, I awoke to the helicopter hovering and didn’t want to go out without knowing what they are looking for.

    Comment by T — 7:01 am July 17, 2013 #

  3. Is that what the helicopter’s for? I’ve been hearing it closer to 4th & Roxbury.

    Comment by Helga — 7:03 am July 17, 2013 #

  4. Was just about to text about the Chopper!

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 7:03 am July 17, 2013 #

  5. I was standing at the bus stop wondering about the helicopter. Thanks for letting us know!!

    Comment by DH — 7:07 am July 17, 2013 #

  6. Helga – apparently yes, at least one TV station has been checking this out. Choppers have cameras capable of an amazing degree of zooming, so you may see one quite some distance away from the incident. As I type this, our crew just checked in and say the choppers are gone, only two police units are on the scene…

    Comment by WSB — 7:11 am July 17, 2013 #

  7. Drivers are extremely chippy out there this morning. Traffic is light but lots of people bobbing and weaving … drive safely.

    Comment by seaopgal — 7:19 am July 17, 2013 #

  8. Hmmm…
    Female being sought for vehicular assualt and then running away…
    She is “known” to SPD…
    Now who do we know that fits that criteria and has just been released under a bail that was GREATLY reduced by one Judge Kessler???
    Not saying she is the one, but the circumstances are too much alike.

    Comment by Ex-Westwood Resident — 7:35 am July 17, 2013 #

  9. Yesterday I was driving home on 35th (southbound) and some idiot decided to move over into my lane WITHOUT LOOKING FIRST. I had to swerve into the oncoming lane and thank god it was empty or I wouldn’t be here to type this. What is wrong with people?????

    Comment by GoGo — 7:45 am July 17, 2013 #

  10. Yes yes… what are the chances that there are two people who own a car in West Seattle that are known to SPD and also happen to be female?

    SPD should keep you on retainer. You’ve obviously already cracked the case wide open.

    Comment by Brian — 8:29 am July 17, 2013 #

  11. Actually, as repeatedly noted in our stories, the person to whom EWR referred is a Seatac resident. Absolutely no hint at this point who the suspect is, and I also don’t know yet whether “known” means “known to SPD,” known to the victim, or both … will update when they get a full blotter item out … TR

    Comment by WSB — 8:45 am July 17, 2013 #

  12. Now almost 40 and have been driving in West Seattle since high school. It is getting increasingly more dangerous driving around here one bonus to this is I opt out to walk or ride bicycle a lot more and transit too. Please starting driving your vehicle instead of just aiming it .

    Comment by NW — 8:52 am July 17, 2013 #

  13. sounds like attempted murder charges to me but will likely be reckless driving and a day in traffic court

    Comment by Joel — 9:16 am July 17, 2013 #

  14. Hey Brian, does the phrase “tongue in cheek” mean anything to you?!?!

    Comment by Ex-Westwood Resident — 9:49 am July 17, 2013 #

  15. Driving here is much more stressful than driving in LA. I always take the bus or walk as much as I can when I’m back in town.

    Comment by G — 9:51 am July 17, 2013 #

  16. G– not in my experience–LA driving is ridiculously stressful- I’ll take driving here any day over LA!

    Comment by Gene — 10:52 am July 17, 2013 #

  17. Sorry to hear that vehicle owner was the person hit by the thief stealing his car. Appears not to be a traffic issue.

    Comment by fiona enzo — 11:08 am July 17, 2013 #

  18. Fiona, I just checked again and police do NOT have confirmation of that possible circumstance. They do reiterate that the victim and suspect knew each other and say they are checking on leads regarding where she might be. I asked if there’s any description we can share – short answer is no, not at this point. – TR

    Comment by WSB — 11:33 am July 17, 2013 #

  19. … and now we are hearing the suspect might be in custody, in south King County. Waiting for SPD confirmation.

    Comment by WSB — 11:55 am July 17, 2013 #

  20. I bet there’s more to this story, but I no longer care. This is essentially a domestic issue that got way out of control.

    Comment by NotMe — 12:27 pm July 17, 2013 #

  21. @EWR: Nothing about your comment was written to imply that it was tongue-in-cheek.

    You should try harder to actually be funny if that’s your goal.

    Comment by Brian — 12:34 pm July 17, 2013 #

  22. Gene,

    I found LA drivers on the whole to be courteous, in fact surprisingly courteous. It wasn’t what I expected. That has been my experience, at least.

    Comment by G — 12:52 pm July 17, 2013 #

  23. Not in my experience- not only bad drivers– courtesy isn’t part of their behavior either– but happy you have had better luck.

    Comment by Gene — 1:34 pm July 17, 2013 #

  24. Healing thoughts and wishes to the young man who was hurt. Hope he makes a speedy recovery.

    Comment by Raincity — 9:15 pm July 17, 2013 #

  25. Brian: Having a bad day?

    Comment by marty — 10:32 pm July 17, 2013 #

  26. Nice friend!

    Comment by waytogomo — 11:02 pm July 17, 2013 #

  27. Seattle driving is much, much more stressful than LA if you have to leave West Seattle. And if you are in West Seattle, it is just more annoying.
    I love it here, but I am not blind to the issues that has put Seattle as number 8th place out of the 10 worst traffic cities.

    Comment by A Nearby Resident — 11:52 pm July 17, 2013 #

  28. NotMe

    Why is it less interesting/important if its a domestic issue?

    I make the point not to be mean, but because I know that one problem about addressing domestic violence in our communities is that many people feel it isn’t of interest or concern to them.

    Just food for thought.

    Comment by Lisa — 7:22 am July 18, 2013 #

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