We start this West Seattle Crime Watch roundup with two incidents we’re still working to find out more about – two gunpoint street robberies in the past four nights. We requested the details from Seattle Police today but did not receive them; reports with narratives are unfortunately not usually available online for up to a week, if at all. Anyway, what little we do know: The most recent one happened at 34th and Myrtle early Saturday, just after midnight, and neighbors saw police searching the area; the one before that was late Thursday night in the 5200 block of 16th SW, and we know a few details because a safety bulletin was subsequently circulated over the weekend by South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) – someone with ties to the school forwarded it to us. It noted that the robbery happened off-campus: “A student was reportedly robbed at gunpoint by four individuals at approximately 11:30 pm on Thursday, August 1. The student was uninjured but shaken up; the robbers reportedly stole the student’s iPhone and approximately $150 in cash.” Again, we are still trying to get the detailed reports on these two street holdups and will publish more information in Crime Watch when we get it.
Ahead, a burglary today, and a suspicious person spotted Sunday night:
The burglary report comes from a reader who didn’t want to be identified:
Our house was (burglarized) today, Monday, August 5th sometime before 3:30pm. We live in the Highland Park neighborhood off of 12th. Luckily, cat & dog were unharmed. We suspect it was one person as they took small portable items: camera, flip video & jewelry. Stay vigilant out there!
And from another anonymous reader – this Sunday night sighting:
I just went for a walk into Fauntleroy Park with my family and some neighbors (3 adults & 4 young girls, 1 dog) and passed a slim clean cut hispanic man (6′, close-cut sideburns, white shirt with black design, jeans) as we were heading back out of the park down by the big tree intersection near the SW 97th St entrance.
My wife noticed that this guy at first started following me and the little girls as soon as we passed him standing on the side of the trail (he hadn’t realized that my wife and the other mother were still behind) and once he realized there were more people behind him he reversed course down the trail past the women and then turned around and resumed following the group, hanging back and staring at each bend.
I hung back on the trail with my dog as the others exited the park at the meadow (I hadn’t wanted him to follow us surreptitiously to our houses) and sure enough this guy peeked from around the first bend from the entrance twice over the 5 min that I stood there. I exited the park and went back in with my dog and my neighbor with her phone to see if we could snap a picture of him, but didn’t see him again.
I have called the police and notified them of the suspicious activity, but be on the lookout in the neighborhood.
Speaking of neighborhoods, here’s hoping you’re all ready for a Night Out block party tomorrow (Tuesday, August 6th) – even if you’re not, remember that side streets will be closed all around West Seattle. We’ll be out and about reporting on some of the neighborhood get-togethers, so check here for live coverage as the night goes on.