West Seattle Crime Watch: Encampment-attack suspect jailed

August 19, 2013 at 10:44 am | In Crime, West Seattle news | 25 Comments

10:44 AM: Bail is set at $10,000 for the man arrested for allegedly stabbing a state worker at an encampment site in the 9500 block of Myers Way (map) last Friday – and it turns out, there’s a federal warrant out for his arrest. The victim, who was not seriously injured and declined treatment at the scene, was posting 72-hour eviction notices at the site along with a colleague, according to the Seattle Police report we obtained today:

… They noticed that (the suspect) was sleeping under a tarp or blanket. (Worker) said, “Good morning, it’s time to leave the property.” (Suspect) stood up and told (worker) that he was trespassing. (Worker) told Hadley that he was actually the one trespassing. (Suspect) pulled a knife and lunged at (worker), cutting him in the chest. (Worker) quickly grabbed a branch to try to keep distance between himself and (suspect …. who) grabbed a bigger branch. (The workers) retreated to their work truck and called the police. (The suspect) walked out of the state-owned property he was camping on at the same time (an officer) arrived at the scene.

However, the suspect didn’t surrender quietly, according to the report; he ignored the officer’s orders and walked across Myers Way, then running southbound, with the officer driving behind him for about two blocks until the suspect stopped again, at which time the officer took away his knife, and took him into custody. The subsequent check of the suspect’s record turned up the federal warrant for what’s described only as a weapons offense, with “full extradition.” We’re following up on that as well as on the status of the “encampment” site and the injured worker, and will add any additional information we get.

12:33 PM UPDATE: Just talked with Bart Treece of WSDOT, who says the worker who was attacked is fine – they did talk him into getting checked out at a hospital, eventually; the wound was described as a “nick.” These are workers from the WSDOT’s maintenance division, who do everything from roadway repair to plowing snow to something like this. And while they have been threatened before, Treece says this is the first known actual attack on a WSDOT worker while posting or clearing this type of site.

The “Myers Way woods” area has to be posted relatively often, Treece told WSB in a phone conversation. Typically, that’s followed by a cleanup, usually done with assistance of work crews from the Department of Corrections; in this case, that’ll likely be done sometime later this week. It’s WSDOT property because it’s right-of-way for Highway 509, immediately east, and it’s a safety issue, he emphasized, in making sure people don’t camp there. In the general West Seattle vicinity, besides Myers Way, Treece says, the 1st Avenue South Bridge area requires postings and cleanup relatively often. That costs hundreds of thousands a year at sites like this around the state, according to Treece, money WSDOT would rather spend on the roads.

25 Comments

  1. If one person comes to the verbal defense of this criminal I am going to light my hair on fire and run down the street. Seriously people, this kind of utter contempt for any kind of rule of law is inexcusable.

    Comment by No Surprise — 11:47 am August 19, 2013 #

  2. Welcome to Freeattle.

    Comment by Rick — 12:05 pm August 19, 2013 #

  3. I dunno. Maybe he had a good reason? I don’t think we should be too quick to judge.

    As the Good Book says: “Let he who is without sin stab the first state employee.”

    Comment by Brian — 12:50 pm August 19, 2013 #

  4. WOW look the suspect now gets free hot meals, showers and a warm bed to sleep in!!!

    Oh yeah it’s on us Taxpayers.

    Comment by ditslim — 12:50 pm August 19, 2013 #

  5. I wonder if WDSOT could seed that land with brambles or blackberries to keep unwanted trespassers off the land.

    Comment by kg — 1:43 pm August 19, 2013 #

  6. Probably best to have armed police on hand whenever officially interacting with the denizens of these places. It is quite clear that despite the professional apologists, many of these people are dangerously violent.

    Comment by Jim P. — 3:03 pm August 19, 2013 #

  7. he tells the dot worker that he is the one trespassing? that’s awesome. give an inch and people take a yard. obviously many of the homeless feel entitled to this land that does not belong to them.

    Comment by flimflam — 4:09 pm August 19, 2013 #

  8. So where are they supposed to go? I don’t want to see anyone get stabbed and if asked to move, they should comply, but what else is that land being used for? The homeless have to go somewhere.

    Comment by D-Mom — 4:35 pm August 19, 2013 #

  9. What with the homeless village called Nickelsville e loosing it’s “Lease” from the city, be prepared for an influx of urban campers coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Be prepared.

    Comment by Bill — 4:52 pm August 19, 2013 #

  10. Yes. We LUV our homeless pals in West Seattle.

    Welcome, SCUM.

    Comment by Genesee Hill — 6:01 pm August 19, 2013 #

  11. Congratulations D-Mom! You are the winner of todays award for being the Ultimate Apologist for nothing less than violent and abhorrent behavior. Kudos to you. Or not.
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    Instead of seeking city, county and state social services and shelter where does a homefree guy like this criminal go you ask? How about into your backyard? After all, what else is that land of yours being used for! Next time you go for a walk with your family in any park or greenspace area keep in mind that you are condoning illegal camping and trespassing and that some of the people squatting that you are going to encounter are violent addicts who have no interest in your purported compassion.

    Comment by No Surprise — 9:31 pm August 19, 2013 #

  12. “where are they supposed to go? . . . The homeless have to go somewhere.”

    How about where they came from before they moved to Freeattle?

    How about somewhere that doesn’t have the highest cost of living in the state (let’s see, I have no money and no home – how about I move to the most expensive place possible?).

    Bottom line – we do not want to be a homeless “sanctuary”. Leave that to someone who has endless cash, not a cash strapped city that could better spend its money on something like education or parks.

    Comment by 33Pete — 6:48 am August 20, 2013 #

  13. Line em up for the firing squad. Anyone with no money for proper education or well off parents. When we run out of them, how bout anyone with dirt on their clothes. Wait, what’s burning?

    Comment by big smile — 7:13 am August 20, 2013 #

  14. Dirtbags. ALL of them. Move them out stat. Now everytime I drive over a pot hole or a torn up road ill think of the Dirtbags on West Marginal and how they’re wasting our DOT money for road repair. I’m off to work, so I can pay more taxes for these scum bags.

    Comment by Brenda — 9:35 am August 20, 2013 #

  15. The discussion about homeless people, chronic petty thieves and felons, jails, mental health and chemical dependence services, and taxes all fit into one broad question—- how does the citizenry achieve an acceptable measure of order as wealth accumulates at the top income brackets and avoids the level of taxation that is necessary to fund public services? Without adequate tax revenue, there will not be sufficient services to manage those who are unable or unwilling to function in a minimally socialized manner. They are either in programs, in jail or on the streets. Our voters appear willing to pay only for the latter. No wonder so many people take (illusory) solace in arming themselves when they resist voting for individual and corporate tax revenues.

    Comment by JTB — 11:09 am August 20, 2013 #

  16. First of all, the person who stabbed the DOT worker is a violent criminal and should be dealt with accordingly. However, the real dirtbags are the selfish and willfully uninformed citizens who generalize about all homeless people based on the actions of a few. Many violent offenders have jobs and homes, but I’ve never heard anyone suggest that all homeowners are scum when one of them commits a crime.

    Comment by KBear — 12:12 pm August 20, 2013 #

  17. JTB – I think you are sorely mistaken about people’s resistance to voting for corporate tax revenues. Most of that lack of resolve appears to be from elected officials playing politics, not the people themselves.

    From my wholly unscientific viewpoint, it seems that most real people (i.e., not politicians)are in alignment with the notion that there are too many corporations that are not paying a fair share. Indeed, it seems some of the top corporate earners, e.g., big oil and Apple, pay almost no corporate tax through a combination of shell games, extra-territorial tax shelters and the like.

    Just like there is a AMT for individuals, we need the analog of an AMT for corporations that essentially provides a floor to corporate taxes, irrespective of these shenanigans.

    With regard to those who are unable to help themselves, I agree we need more effective programs (not necessarily more money or more programs). With regard to those who are unwilling to help themselves, why on earth would I throw my money at them? A one way bus ticket would seem to do the trick.

    Comment by 33Pete — 12:12 pm August 20, 2013 #

  18. it is about time for a new rendition of THE C.C.C OR W.P.A. OBAMA AND HIS CRONIES IN CONGRESS ARE REBUILDING EVERY COUNTRY IN THE MID-EAST. IT IS TIME TO DO IT HERE .give the homless a job rebuilding the bridges-roads-sidewalks of the city , and put them up on FEDERAL LAND. give them a decent wage and a place to live, tents worked in the 1930′s .give them a chance to prove that they aren’t the worthless bums that everybody says that they are..

    Comment by robert — 6:07 pm August 20, 2013 #

  19. Thank you, KBear….

    .

    Mike

    Comment by miws — 6:27 pm August 20, 2013 #

  20. A job fixing the sidewalks? They’ll want $15/hour.

    Comment by JKB — 6:30 pm August 20, 2013 #

  21. How refreshing to read all the hateful comments from our fellow citizens—no surprise, of course, as we DO live in a “Christian” nation.

    Comment by pupsarebest — 7:01 pm August 20, 2013 #

  22. I don’t care what his story is or why he’s homeless – he’s a scumbag that was trespassing on state land and is a criminal with a federal warrant that stabbed a state employee. If it was a cop he tried to stab he would’ve been shot – and it would have been well-deserved. And all regarding the fact that he WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE THERE AND WAS TOLD TO LEAVE – so, screw this guy and whatever his “story” is. Unfortunately he’ll be living (well) off our tax dollars for the duration of his stay in the system – and then most likely back on the streets to return to his life as a homeless scumbag. @ Brenda, WELL SAID. @ D-MOM, where are they supposed to go? How about your guest room or your back yard? Wake up – just because this cockroach is homeless doesn’t mean he’s got the right to set up camp anywhere he wants. West Seattle needs to toughen up and get ready because the word is out that overly-apologetic Seattle is an easy mark, and these bums are going to try to take all they can as long as we continue to let them.

    Comment by TimeToStopThisBS — 1:01 pm August 22, 2013 #

  23. I was on my way to work and say this all play out. I saw the guy come out of the woods and approach the DOT workers who were standing around their vehicle. He had a chance to walk away from the DOT workers and was going away from them when he first came out of the woods. When he looked back and saw the DOT guys he did a 180 and walked straight towards them and re-engaged the workers. This would be after they encountered him in the woods because just then the officer pulled up and the DOT guys pointed to the “suspect” and the officer hailed him. He continued to walk across the street and when the officer approached and tried to direct him back across the street towards the patrol car he swept his arm to break the officers grip. That happened twice more while I and the two DOT workers moved closer to assist. He walked away from the officer towards me and I told him to calm down and listen to the officer. He held his arm out and I realized he was holding a knife in his hand pointing it at me. He didnt speak but I looked into his eyes and they pretty much said it all. CRAZY. He was looking for trouble and the officer did a great job. This guy is lucky he didn’t get shot.

    Comment by Morgan Resident — 10:04 pm August 24, 2013 #

  24. Any updates on this sick animal? Hopefully he won’t be released back into our neighborhood.

    Comment by Ugh — 2:34 pm August 25, 2013 #

  25. We reported a separate story on the charges that were filed. I am out and cannot easily cut/paste while mobile.

    Comment by WSB — 3:08 pm August 25, 2013 #

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