By Megan Sheppard
On the WSBeat, for West Seattle Blog
This edition of the WSBeat contains summaries written from reports on cases handled recently by Southwest Precinct officers – generally cases 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 woman walking with an offleash dog at Lincoln Park berated a citizen for “not being friendly” when he stepped between his own leashed dog and hers. He walked away but the woman kept yelling. He turned and told her to follow the rules and leash her pet. She walked toward him, pushed him in the chest, and took a swing with a dog chain, hitting him in the arm and leaving his shirt sleeve blood-soaked. Several strangers intervened and separated the two, but no one called 911. The victim asked some nearby teens to call but they refused, saying they didn’t want to get involved. The victim notes that the teens were drinking alcohol. The suspect is described as white, in her 30s, about 5’8″, with a heavy build. In addition to her small black dog, she was walking with a child, about seven years of age.
*On the evening of the 12th, a man became angry after being “yellow carded” during a league soccer match at Hiawatha Field. He began shouting and punched a member of the opposing team. When all of the team members joined in with the yelling, the ref stopped the game.
*Early on the 10th, a man cocked a handgun and threatened to “smoke” two men leaving a Junction bar. One said, “Go ahead and shoot me in the back,” and walked off. He turned around and saw his friend get hit in the jaw and crumple to the ground. The victim ended up at Harborview with fractures of both the left and right jaw bones. The suspect is described as black, in his early 30s, with dreadlocks and a light goatee. He drove a dark plum or navy-colored Audi A8.
Seven more summaries ahead:
*On the 10th, officers recognized a man matching the description of someone seen breaking into the Jefferson Square apartments: White, in his 20s, about six feet tall with long blond dreadlocks. Police say he is a homeless man who frequents the Admiral area and has a history of break-ins, thefts, and assaults. In fact, he had been trespassed from an Admiral store just the previous day for shoplifting, and on this day officers found him in the restroom of the Junction store of the same grocery chain. His backpack was loaded with numerous car keys, burglary tools, and a padlock on a chain (which he has previously used as a weapon). The 24-year-old was booked into King County Jail for investigation of a variety of violations.
*A white male, aged 30-49 years, exposed himself to a mother and young daughter walking in the 2300 block of 47th SW around noon on October 29. The suspect wore red pants and red shoes, a light colored jacket and had light curly hair.
*An officer hit the jackpot in Roxhill Park on the afternoon of the 4th: Not only did he stumble across an intoxicated woman lying on top of an intoxicated man, but she turned out to be the suspect from a shoplift at a nearby grocery. But wait, there’s more: The man was wanted on a $30,000 warrant for violating a domestic violence court order. As they were being separated, he kept whistling at her and begging for “one more kiss.”
*After calling Child Protective Services about abuse of a youngster, a local woman was threatened by the suspect in the case. She now carries protective spray when she must pass the suspect’s home.
*On the evening of the 11th, a mom went in search of her 17-year-old daughter who had left a group of friends and walked off, arguing intensely with her boyfriend. She found them at 58th and Stevens, and when she tried to get the young man into her car, he shoved her to the ground, stripped off his coat and shirt and stood over her with his hands balled into fists. He was aggressive with officers, claimed to be carrying a knife (it was not found), said he had the right to bear “plenty of arms,” and that he would “handle things when he beat this case.” He was booked into King County Jail for investigation of nonaggravated assault.
*Officers arrived at a home in the 3200 block of 48th SW on the afternoon of the 8th and found a tenant visibly upset and shaking: He stated that his onsite landlord of two years was on an alcohol and drug bender and had chased him down some stairs, demanding money. When the tenant said he had already paid rent for the month, the landlord threatened to “punch his face in.” The landlord was *not* eager to deal with officers, apparently, because when he learned they were on the way, he got into his truck and peeled out so quickly that he left skid marks at the scene. Officers advised the tenant to get a restraining order and to move as quickly as possible.
*A resident decided to cut down a 60-foot cottonwood tree on a neighbor’s property in the 4000 block of 58th Pl. SW. He did not have permission to do so. Damages are estimated at $6,000.
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